Our Mission

The Department of Sociology contributes to the achievement of the University’s mission as a flagship institution. Specifically, the mission of the unit is summarized in six components:

  1. Provide undergraduate majors with a high quality, comprehensive curriculum with concentrations consistent with student interests and career market demands;

  2. Provide undergraduate majors with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to pursue graduate and professional degrees;

  3. Provide quality elective and general education courses for non-major undergraduate students;

  4. Provide a high-quality graduate education that will equip graduate students with the substantive, theoretical, and methodological foundations to enter and succeed in teaching and/or research positions in either academic or professional settings;

  5. Conduct research that contributes to the knowledge base of the discipline and is conducive to the unit’s national and international recognition as a research department;

  6. Provide expertise and research relevant to solving social and economic issues and challenges faced not only by the State of Louisiana and the nation but also more broadly.