Sociology focuses on the systematic understanding of social interaction, social organization,
social institutions, and social change. Major themes in sociology include the interplay
between the individual and society, the ways in which society is both stable and changing,
the causes and consequences of social inequality, and the social construction of human
life. Understanding sociology helps discover and explain social patterns and see how
such patterns change over time and in different settings. Sociology also develops
critical thinking by revealing the social structures and processes that shape diverse
forms of human life.
The undergraduate bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree in sociology requires the completion
of a total of 120 credit hours. Students may opt for either a general degree sociology
or a concentration in criminology. Criminology is the study of the nature and causes
of crime, patterns of crime, and the social control of criminal behavior. The curriculum
requirements for these degrees can be found in the LSU General Catalog
by searching for 'Sociology B.A.' under the 'Program' menu.
Undergraduate sociology majors are strongly encouraged to follow the Recommended Path
for the major.