NSU Sociology

Information for and about the Sociology program at NSU. Sociology is the scientific study of human society and social interactions.

Sociologists attempt to understand the forces that mold individuals, shape behavior, and determine social events. Our program includes emphases on criminal justice, human services, and gerontology which help students learn oral and written communication skills, critical thinking skills, analytical skills, problem solving and pattern recognition, the ability to research using varied methods, and a


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Today, commemorated the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which first gave women the right to vote! The festivities included a celebratory march through campus, a re-enactment of a famous speech from the era and a Dacotah Prairie Museum display. The 19th Amendment did not provide voting rights to all women in our country, however, and Wednesday’s event at Northern also paid tribute to those women who were unable to vote until decades later.


Dr. Courtney Waid-Lindberg Announced as Northern State Faculty Athletic Representative

Check out Dr. Waid-Lindberg in her new role! Let's give her a round of applause.

nsuwolves.com Aberdeen, S.D. – Northern State University Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Dr. Courtney Waid-Lindberg will take on the role as the Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) for Wolves athletics. The FAR serves as an advocate for student-athletes, ensures student-athletes' well-being, and prom...


New era at NSU: University debuts its first new classroom building in 40 years

siouxfalls.business A new era at NSU officially begins Monday, when its first new classroom building in 40 years opens for classes. We've got a first look courtesy of the designers behind this exceptional building.


NSU Noon Forums

Our Spring 2019 Noon Forum series will kick-off next week (Wednesday, February 13). Peter Ramey, Ginny Lewis, and Juan Gonzalez will be our featured speakers. They’ll be addressing the topic “Found in Translation” talking about their various translation projects and what they’ve learned.

Please join us if you can, and invite friends you think might be interested. Forums are held in NSU's Williams Library Rotunda.

Here's the complete Spring 2019 Noon Forum schedule:

February 13—Found in Translation (Peter Ramey, Ginny Lewis, and Juan Gonzalez)
February 27—The Internet of Things--BYOD (Instructional Design Team)
March 6--Spring break—no forum
March 13—Five Essential Stand Up Comics (Liz Sills)
March 20—Five Hidden but Essential Women (Kristi Brownfield, Marla Fogderud)
March 27—Get them Talking: Class Discussion Strategies (Andria Moon, Cheryl Wold)
April 3—Ye Shall Be As Gods (Grant Manhart, Ken Blanchard)
April 10— Business Students and General Education: An Assessment of Perceived Relevance (Kristi Bockorny and Hannah Walters)
April 17— Understanding the (de-)motivation of language students (Changsheng Jiang and the Confucius Institute)
April 24—That Was the Year That Was: Classroom and NSU Highs and Lows
May 1—The Last Lecture I’d Ever Give (Dan Yurgaitis)


Welcome back to everyone returning and nice to meet you to all the new students! Let's have a fantastic semester!


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NSU Political Science Professor Dr. Jon Schaff delivered a TED Talk at TEDx RapidCity last summer. Watch it here!


NSU Career Center

Hey Wolves!!!

In case you wanted to get information but missed our Career Week Grab & Go Internship Fair last Wednesday, don't worry because we got you covered.

The South Dakota State Government Careers internships opened this week and will remain open until January 6th, 2019. If you want to take advantage of this opportunity, click the link below where you will find more information about their internships and possible requirements.



NSU Noon Forums

Long-time Northern State University faculty member Dr. Teresa Stallings will be our guest speaker for the Wednesday, Nov. 28, Noon Forum. She'll be addressing one of our traditional Noon Forum topics: The Last Lecture I’d Ever Give.”

Dr. Stallings is retiring at the end of the semester, and, while this won't quite be her actual last lecture, it will be one of the last chances she gets to address the NSU and Aberdeen community as a a whole.

Be especially nice if some of Dr. Stallings former students and colleagues could be there for this Noon Forum. The "last lecture" theme always makes for a great forum session.


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“As I near retirement, I am thankful for the freedom NSU gave me to facilitate projects that not only provided teaching and learning opportunities, but also allowed me to use my skills and energy for the good of the community. During my 23 years here, I worked with students and community organizations on such diverse projects as: assessing the stigmatization of alcoholics, conducting a community needs assessment for local community and governmental organizations, surveying Aberdonians regarding their satisfaction with the Aberdeen Police Department, and founding a ‘Native American Homework night,’ during which NSU education students tutor American Indian students. These, and numerous other projects, provided local organizations and agencies with much needed data, along with providing students with service learning opportunities relevant to their career aspirations. In retirement, I plan to live in a warm climate, by a big body of water, and take up sailing once again. I, no doubt, will also take advantage of whatever volunteer opportunities may come my way.” – Dr. Teresa Stallings, associate professor of sociology, who is retiring from NSU after 23 and a half years and will deliver “The Last Lecture I’ll Ever Give” at the NSU Noon Forum on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at noon in Williams Library


NSU Noon Forums

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Brian Bengs will be the featured speaker at our Wednesday, November 14, Noon Forum. His topic: NATO and Recent Conflicts.

Before coming to NSU, Professor Bengs had an extensive career in the military, among other things serving as a JAG officer and teaching at the NATO school in Oberammergau.

This forum will be a great opportunity to discuss the future of the NATO alliance and American foreign policy in general.

This and all this semester's forums will be in the NSU Williams Library Rotunda.

Join us if you can!


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It's Election Day, Wolves! Don't forget to vote! 🇺🇸️


NSU Common Read

The NSU Honors Program is proud to host 2018 Common Read speaker Angie Thomas, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Hate U Give on the campus of Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Wednesday, November 14 at 7:30 PM in Johnson Fine Arts Center Theater.

Doors open at 6:45 PM. Free and open to the public. No ticket required.


NSU Noon Forums

History professor Steven Usitalo and political science professor Ken Blanchard will be the featured hosts for our Wednesday, October 31, Noon Forum. They will be joined by Political Science professor Jon Schaff.

The topic: Tricks and Treats: What I Predict for Next Tuesday and Why I am Probably Wrong.

A Blanchard/Usitalo/Scahff forum is always great fun. All three have a good sense of humor, they are brilliant scholars--and they all disagree on almost everything.

Please join us if you can, and invite your friends!


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Don't forget to attend our News Forum on Monday, October 29th at 7pm.


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NSU's annual Pack Gives Back will take place on Sunday, Oct. 14! Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. in the Student Center. This is a great opportunity to help out in the community. Click here to sign up: https://northern.formstack.com/forms/packgivesbackfall18.


Stop by the Study Abroad Fair today, Wednesday October 10th, 10am to 2pm in the Student Center. This will be a fantastic opportunity to meet faculty who are leading coming up study abroad programs, learn more about the SA programs NSU offers, meet our partners and students who have participated in programs in the past, and much more!


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Check out this career services feature with useful advice!

Welcome to our new series of advice called: Adulting 101

We know that as college students, there are some things that may seem hard to accomplish like getting an internship or job. We are going to give you a few tips that can help you start your path towards that desired internship/job that you want to obtain.

First of all, internships are important because they not only give you tons of experience, they also play an important part on your résumé.


1.Always keep up with what's new on WolfWork, you can always find job postings and internships as well.

2.Another tool you can use would be LinkedIn. This webpage might sound like its just another social media page but it is more of a social media for the job. In LinkedIn you can find jobs, internships, and keep in touch with key people that might help you reach your goals.

3.Employer Websites is also an option as well as Government employers and events where they come to present themselves can also be helpful.

4.Nonprofit or volunteer organizations (Keep an eye out for our job fairs on campus)

5.Talk to your Faculty and always use your networking skills because it will work to your advantage.

REMEMBER: If you ever need help with finding a position, tailoring your résumé or cover letter, practicing for an interview or career related help... COME VISIT THE NSU CAREER CENTER @ SC 207 EVERYDAY FROM 8:00-5:00.


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We're proud to be included on this list of the most affordable colleges in the nation. Northern State University is No. 11 - the highest ranking of any South Dakota university!


A multicultural forum on study abroad will be presented by NSU Study Abroad and CEIB Advisor Dominika Blum at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, in the Missouri River Room. The event is hosted by the NSU Project Pengyou Chapter and the NSU Confucius Institute. Free food and friends!


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Getting ready for our Community Marketplace! Come out and have some fun while you look for employers.


Welcome back after the long weekend!


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Students: Head downtown tomorrow for COLLEGEpalooza! The fun starts at 4 p.m., and there will be a chance to win a scholarship!


Welcome back everyone and we hope you have a fantastic first week of classes!


Congrats on making it through the regular semester and we wish you luck with finals week!


NSU Noon Forums

Our last forum for this Semester will be Wednesday, April 25. Dr. Tom Orr will be our guest speaker. His topic: The Last Lecture He Ever Gave: Memories of Coach Don Meyer.

Coach Meyer was a constant source of encouragement and wise advice, not just for his athletes, but for many of us at NSU and in the Aberdeen community. Shortly before his passing, he spoke to the students in one of Orr's class, Tom has some video clips of that presentation. He'll show these and talk about Coach Meyer's influence. There should be time for others also to share memories of Coach Meyer.

Please join us if you can, and invite friends who might be interested.



Check out the Spring 2018 CAS newsletter!

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Congrats to all of our student athletes!

Wolves excel on the court and field and in the classroom! Outstanding academic accomplishments by this year's student athletes.


As many of you are aware, the College of Arts and Sciences is sponsoring a series of events for all NSU students under the broad title of “Life After Northern.” The second of these events for the Spring 2018 semester is “Using Social Media for Professional Networking” This session will be held on Thursday, April 19th, at 4:30PM in the Maroon Room of the Student Center. At this session, Justin Fraase will discuss how students can properly brand themselves for their career search, including LinkedIn basic, and other related topics. Interested students may contact Dr. Courtney Waid-Lindberg with questions about the event at [email protected].

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