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 in 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 either a general degree in sociology or a concentration in criminology.
For more information on opportunities available to undergraduate sociology majors visit the American Sociological Association's Undergraduate Student Resources page.