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2020-2021 General Catalog 
2020-2021 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology (Graduate Program)


For information regarding the UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM, click here.  

Program Overview

Established in 1928 as a separate academic unit, the Department of Sociology is one of the oldest such programs in the South. The first MA degree was awarded in 1931 and the first doctorate in 1937. The department now has granted over 210 MA degrees and over 160 PhD degrees. Our department has maintained a very high national reputation in research productivity, as faculty from leading departments around the country have joined LSU. Recently, the department has been well known for its main research areas, specifically in social inequality, social capital, and criminology.

One of the most important goals of the Department of Sociology is to offer a quality departmental-level academic course plan that meets the needs and interests of each student. One testament to the quality of the program is the fact that most of our graduates with PhD degrees have been appointed to teach and conduct research at various universities, both at national and regional levels. The ratio of faculty to students consistently remains at a level that facilitates close consultation between the two. The result is a friendly and positive environment for graduate study.

Yoshinori Kamo, Chair
Mark Shafer, Director of Graduate Studies
TELEPHONE 225-578-1645
FAX 225-578-5102
WEBSITE www.lsu.edu/sociology


Applications and required supporting materials must be submitted through the LSU Graduate School’s application management site. Students seeking admission must submit satisfactory credentials from previous study, acceptable GRE scores, and three or more letters of recommendation. International students whose native language is not English must also submit an acceptable TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score.  While not required, all applicants are also encouraged to submit a writing sample as well.

Applications for admission are received and evaluated by the department primarily for fall admission. The application deadline is January 31. Although applications may be considered after January, the department will stop accepting new applicants after a certain date and late applications may not receive full consideration for both admission and funding.  Therefore, we strongly encourage applicants to submit applications by the January 31 deadline.  The department may grant early acceptance to selected applicants.  Therefore, applicants may wish to submit applications early (in December) .

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available to most students. Support may be available through the department or other units in the form of research or teaching assistantships. A student should contact the department for more information on available assistantship positions. Graduate assistantships provide an annual stipend of a minimum of $15,050 with free tuition (payments of student fees are required). A number of enhancements and fellowships are available to students and are awarded on a competitive basis.

Graduate Faculty

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Michael S. Barton(7M) • Criminology, urban sociology, gentrification and neighborhood change
Sarah Becker (M) • Criminology, ethnography, communities, intersectionality
Dana Berkowitz (M) • Gender, bodies, sexualities, qualitative methods, feminist and social theory
Troy C. Blanchard (M) • Social inequality, social demography, applied sociology
Nikita Carney (6A) • Race, Gender, Migration, Ethnography
Yoshinori Kamo (M) • Work and family, social inequality, psychological well-being
Rhiannon A. Kroeger (6A) • Health and illness, family demography, quantitative methods
Matthew R. Lee (M) • Criminology, public health
Lori L. Martin (M) • Race and ethnicity, wealth inequality, asset poverty, sociology of sport
Heather A. O’Connell (6A) • Race and ethnicity; social stratification; spatial demography
Heather M. Rackin (7M) • Family formation and fertility, social inequality, social demography
Mark J. Schafer (M) • Sociology of education, globalization and development, rural sociology
Edward S. Shihadeh (M) • Criminology, race, ethnicity, and immigration, predictive analytics
Wesley M. Shrum, Jr. (M) • Technology (video, Internet, mobiles), Africa/Asia, social networks
Tim Slack (M) • Social stratification, social demography, community and environment
Samuel Stroope (M) • Health, religion                                                           
Jose A. Torres (6A) • Criminology, social control, race and ethnicity, policing
Matthew A. Valasik (6A) • Criminology, gangs, policing, white power movement, spatial analysis, social networks
Mark H. Walker (6A) • Social psychology, social networks, self and identity, mental health
Frederick D. Weil (3A) • Political sociology, comparative-historical, community and urban


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