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

2020 Departmental Newsletter


15th Annual Social Justice Speaker Series


What is Environmental Justice?

Thursday, March 12, 2020 @ 2PM

Student Union Grand Ballroom


A Convicted Felon's Second Chance,

Feb. 20 Fayard 205 @ 9:30AMsecond chance


Reconnect Holds Clothes Swap and Probes Fast Fashion

reconnect swap meet 

 Congratulations to our University Quiz Bowl Champs, the Social Factors.

The line-up on the team is (from left to right) Jonathan Varnado, Lisa Olsen, Robert Martin amd Young Ju Chae. Our department has won 2 out of the last 3 years! It's a dynasty in the making! quiz bowl 2019


CJ Instructor Varnado Speaks to League of Women Voters About Justice Reform" and hyperlink to this passage?

 j varnado


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


"What Can I Do?"

Green Talk

burley green talk
On Nov. 4, 2019 Dr. David Burley talked about how we can get involved and make a difference in our everyday lives to improve our environment, communities and local economies. The event is part of the Green Talk series sponsored by the SELU Library and the SELU Sustainability Center. The talks are open to the campus community and the general public.


Alumna Joins BRPD
Jasmine Williams, CJ graduate 2018, has joined the Baton Rouge Police Department.
Go Jasmine!
   jasmine in pd uniform


Why The COVID-19 Stimulus Bill Shouldn't Punish Parents Behind On Child Support.

maretta macdonald


Alumna Emily McDonald

(Sociology BA 2013, Applied Sociology MS 2015) (current Ph.D. candidate at LSU)

"Co-authors article in major publication, Slate.

Why The COVID-19 Stimulus Bill Shouldn't Punish Parents Behind On Child Support.


LEaD Speaker

Colonel Rod Simmons

US Air Force (Retired)

Director  of NSEP for the USAF
March 9, 2020 @  2:00p.m.
Fayard 207


Reconnect Leads the Way at Campus Community Garden



Farmer's Market

earthday farmers market


 Wednesday from 10-2

Feb. 19, Mar. 18, and Apr 22

Front of Union 


Southeastern Sociological Association (SSA) Meetings

Mondays @ 5:30
Fayard 234

ssa flyer


Pre-Law Students Association (PLSA)

Fall 2020 Meeting Mondays @ 5:00pm 


Departmental T-Shirts
$12 @ Bookstore


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