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

2021-2022 Departmental Newsletter


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The Lavender Lions meet every other Monday from 5 until 7pm in Student Union Room 2207


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The Social Justice Speaker Series presents the CJ Colloquium:

Voices of Justice and Change

 The Social Justice Speaker Series is proud to host the special Criminal Justice Colloquium event “Voices of Justice and Change.” For the first time ever, changemakers transforming the face and soul of the justice system today will speak about their experiences with the justice system. By amplifying these voices, this speaker series aims to build lasting bridges between justice system professionals, service providers, scholars, advocates, and system involved peoples—and share the secrets to a more people centered system of justice. All interested students, faculty, and staff as well as the public are invited to attend.


Alex “PoeticSoul” Johnson

Monday, March 14th

3:30 - 4:45 PM

 Orleans Parish Public Defender’s Office

Wednesday, March 23rd

3:30 - 4:45 PM

 Michael Cahoon and Shareef Cousin with Promise of Justice

Tuesday, March 29th

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM


Fayard Hall, room 207


Distinguished Leadership in Sociology

Job Talk Series

Leanne Keen

Tuesday, Februrary 22



Master's in Applied Sociology Open House

Wednesday, Nov. 17

Fayard Lobby

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Cameron Dumas presents the latest findings on race, class, and incarceration in Louisiana at the ULL Undergraduate Research Conference


Read Dr. Burley's article: "This is Our Time!: Training Students to Fight Climate Change"



 Dr. Settembrino Elected President of the Association for Humanist Sociology




25 Year Service Award:

Russell A. Castro

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Since Convocation was cancelled for Fall 2021, Mr. Russell Castro (center with plaque) was presented his 25 year Service Award by Dr. Kenneth H. Bolton, Jr., Dept Head, SOC & CJ, with other faculty members present.  September 29, 2021.



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Are You Ready?


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Rebecca Small (c)

Marc P. Riedel Outstanding Graduating Senior in CJ


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Bria Cummings 

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F. Dale Parent Outstanding Graduating Senior in Soc


 Justice4All Student Organization

view party for "Philly D.A."Fayard 107 on Monday, April 12th @ 6:00PM

Click here for more information and rthe required registration


  CJ Instructor Varnado Speaks to League of Women Voters About Justice Reform"

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