Founded in 1928, the LSU Department of Sociology is home to a tradition of excellence in research, teaching, and service. Our faculty pursues nationally and internationally recognized research on basic and applied social science questions. Every semester our undergraduate teaching program serves hundreds of majors and minors, as well as thousands of additional students as part of our contribution to LSU’s general education mission. We are also home to a vibrant graduate teaching program with more than 50 students and offer the only PhD in sociology in the State of Louisiana.


    Our faculty represents a broad set of scholarly interests, including:

    • Communities and regions
    • Culture
    • Deviant behavior, crime, and law
    • Education
    • Gender and sexuality
    • Globalization and development
    • Marriage and family
    • Networks and social capital
    • Social demography and population change
    • Social movements, politics, and power
    • Stratification and inequality