Sociology and Criminal Justice

Our classes offer faculty-student ratios that allow students' interests to be addressed through interaction with professors. We emphasize critical and analytical skills and effective communication to resolve conflicts and promote social justice.

The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice emphasizes an interdisciplinary understanding of socio-economic, cultural, institutional and physical environments. Our programs prepare students for citizenship by encouraging them to understand, tolerate and respect the vast array of cultural and intellectual differences found throughout the world.



  • We offer a Master of Science in Applied Sociology, Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and Criminal Justice, and minors in Sociology, Criminal Justice, Geography, Geographic Information System (GIS), and Anthropology.

  • Students in our program actively participate in our Sociology and Criminal Justice clubs, as well as in other student organizations such as Reconnect, which focuses on environmental and sustainability issues.

  • Students majoring in Sociology or Criminal Justice may be able to earn academic credit by completing an internship.

  • The faculty maintain an active research agenda and publish extensively in the discipline.




Department Updates

2018 Departmental Newsletter


Applied Sociology Graduate Students  Recognized


Sociology & Criminal Justice Undergrads

Place 3rd at Annual LSU Discover Day 2019

lsu discover day


Interfaith Dialogues:
LGBTQI+ Spirituality
April 2, 16, & 30
12:30 - 2 p.m.
Student Union Theatre


 Justice 4All Rallies the Vote


(new student organization)
First meetings:
Fayard 234 on Tues, Aug 28th @ 5:30 pm
Student Union Rm 2202 on Wed., Aug 29th @ 12:30




Food and Sustainability Class Visits New Orleans

Food and Sustainability Class Visits New Orleans










Alumna Emily McDonald

(Sociology BA 2013, Applied Sociology MS 2015) Conducts Research On How to 'Build An Age-Inclusive Community'


LEaD Speaker

John Giles
Louisiana State Troopers
April 17th @ 2PM
Fayard 207


Dr. Burley Talks "All About Food"

On March 26th Dr. Burley gave a talk in the library titled "All About Food." The talk was part of a series called "Green Talks" sponsored by the Sustainability Center on campus and the Sims Memorial Library.



Farmer's Market

earthday farmers market


 Wednesday from 10-2

April 17

Front of Union 


 Your Best Ten Minutes, A TED Style Talk  

Dr. David Burley Speaks about Sociology and National Parks at TED Talk style Your Best 10 Minutes

You can also hear his "Best 10 Minutes" here. His talk begins at about the 8:30 minute mark. 


Southeastern Sociological Association (SSA) Meetings

Mondays @ 5:30
Fayard 234

ssa flyer


Pre-Law Students Association (PLSA)

Fall 2018 meeting Mondays @ 5:00pm Fayard 225 


Departmental T-Shirts
$12 @ Bookstore


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