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The Department of Sociology is learner-centered and emphasizes student-faculty engagement through a wide range of experiential learning opportunities such as service learning, internships and field practical, student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship, senior capstone courses, and study abroad. As a result the sociology curriculum offers more than just a study of society and social behavior, it combines state-of-the-art scientific analysis of the social world and theoretical understanding of human interactions and structural processes with practical applications and social action.

Consistent with the University's commitment to linking educational excellence and social justice, the department is dedicated to encouraging students to think critically about social justice principals and their realization in the community. For instance, sociology majors and minors as well as students from the Social Justice Scholars (SJS) program (which is administered by the department) have contributed significantly to the improvement of the quality of life in the greater New Orleans community through their professional work on such projects such as decriminalizing homelessness, mentoring children in transitional shelters for battered women, developing environmental recycling programs, raising consciousness on campus about diversity issues, and participating in rebuilding efforts in New Orleans.