Social Sciences

Political Science

The Political Science program is designed to give the students of the bayou region a comprehensive understanding of the essential aspects of politics. We offer courses in all subfields of the discipline, with offerings in American government, political theory, comparative politics, and international relations. We give students the analytical and critical tools necessary to evaluate political events and more importantly, to become actively engaged citizens. Law school has been our most common placement and often times, our students receive scholarship offers to attend. However, a degree in political science opens a variety of career paths and we have placed students in law enforcement, journalism, graduate school,the military, business, education, and government.


The Sociology program is designed to provide a sound education in sociological content, theory, and methodology in order to prepare students for employment or for further study. Sociology is the study of the organization, dynamics and consequences of social life. Sociologists study social interaction and relationships, organizations and institutions, communities and whole societies. Our work yields powerful insights into the social processes shaping lives, problems and possibilities in contemporary society. Our students are actively involved in the community and log dozens of service hours as part of the program. We have been especially effective in promoting undergraduate research and placing students in graduate school and social work.

Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice program is designed to address the bayou/coastal region’s current and future needs in the area of law enforcement and security. The program emphasizes coastal and maritime issues and is custom-made for the Associate Degree transfer student to complete the four-year B.S. degree by entering studies at the junior level. Students beginning the college experience as freshmen may complete foundation courses in general education and criminal justice in preparation for the main program ahead.

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Inside Out

The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program is a International program that creates a dynamic partnership between institutions of higher learning and correctional systems. The course focuses on conversations that transform our approaches to the understanding of crime, justice, freedom, inequality and other issues of social concern. Nicholls State University is the first in Louisiana to offer the course.


The Political Science major must complete course work in the four major subfields of the discipline: American Politics, International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Political Theory. A major in Political Science requires the completion of 36 hours in the discipline: GOVT 101, 250, 252, 355, 391, 416, 302 or 457 or 458, 399 or 400, 412 or 413 or 414, and 9 hours of Political Science electives at the 300+ level. No more than 6 hours of internship credit may be applied toward the requirements for a major in Political Science. A minor from another field of interest is encouraged. International Studies, History, Sociology, and Pre-law are the most common minors. All Political Science majors must successfully complete the capstone examination in order to graduate.

  • GOVT 101 – American National Government
  • GOVT 250 – Contemporary Political Ideologies
  • GOVT 252 – State and Local Government
  • GOVT 355 – Political Theory
  • GOVT 302 – American Political Behavior
  • GOVT 457 – The American Congress
  • GOVT 458 – The American Presidency
  • GOVT 412 – Contemporary Political Criticism
  • GOVT 414 – Modern Political Thought
  • GOVT 391 – International Relations and Politics
  • GOVT 416 – Comparative Government
  • GOVT 399 – Civil Liberties
  • GOVT 400 – Constitutional Law
  • GOVT 300+ –  Government Electives (9 hours)

For a complete listing of political science courses and full course descriptions, check out the catalog.


GOVT 101. American National Government. 3-3-0. The principles, structure, and functions of the national government of the United States.  (45.1001)

GOVT 111. Honors American National Government. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: Honors placement or permission of department head. An in-depth analysis of the principles, structure, and functions of the national government of the United States. Degree credit will not be given for both GOVT 101 and GOVT 111. (45.1001)

GOVT 250. Contemporary Political Ideologies. 3-3-0. The moral problems of politics within the context of liberalism, conservatism, marxism and other contemporary ideological movements. (45.1001)

GOVT 252. State and Local Government. 3-3-0. State and local governmental organization and administration, with emphasis on Louisiana government. (45.1001)

GOVT 300. Political Analysis. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: Government major. Foundations and use of scientific method; approaches to a science of politics; problems of research design; methods of political inquiry. (45.1001)

GOVT 302. American Political Behavior. 3-3-0. The political process of the American electoral system; public opinion; nominations, interest groups, and parties. (45.1001)

GOVT 325. Southern Politics in America. 3-3-0. An analysis of both historical and contemporary perspectives of the politics of the American South. Topics include regional politics, political culture, party politics, and racial politics. Emphasizes changes in the culture and politics of the Southern region and the rise of the “New South.” (54.0199)

GOVT 331. Topics in Dynamics of Third World Politics. 3-3-0. Third World political processes; national and international problems, internal political change, with reference to relationships with the United States. May be repeated for credit if content differs. (45.1001)

GOVT 351. American Political Thought. 3-3-0. Development of the American liberal-democratic tradition from the colonial period to present. Emphasis on the founding period and the arguments for and against the Constitution. (45.1001)

GOVT 355. Political Theory. 3-3-0. Major political ideas from the Greeks to the present. (45.1001)

GOVT 365. Problems in American Politics. 3-3-0. Particular topics or problems in American politics. May be repeated for credit once if content differs. (45.1001)

GOVT 385. Public Administration. 3-3-0. Bureaucracy in the political system, including personnel and budgetary problems. (44.0401)

GOVT 387. Public Policy. 3-3-0. Process by which public policy is made, implemented, and evaluated, with emphasis on issues such as race, economic growth, public education, and industrial policy. (44.0501)

GOVT 391. International Relations and Politics. 3-3-0. Significant problems of world politics including such concepts as imperialism, theories of international relations and law, balance of power, international morality, sovereignty, diplomacy, problems of peace, disarmament, international organizations, trends toward world government, and a contemporary survey of world affairs. (45.0901)

GOVT 399. Civil Liberties. 3-3-0. Nature and scope of constitutional rights and liberties. Emphasis on due process of law, equal protection of the law, rights of the accused and briefing law cases. (45.1001)

GOVT 400. Constitutional Law. 3-3-0. American constitutional development with emphasis given to the landmark decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court in such selected areas as commerce, taxation, foreign affairs, and civil rights. (45.1001)

GOVT 412. Contemporary Political Criticism. 3-3-0. How contemporary theorists perceive the problems of political order, justice, freedom, and equality. (45.1001)

GOVT 413. Ancient and Medieval Political Thought. 3-3-0. An examination of key texts from Greek, Roman, and Christian political thinkers. (45.1001)

GOVT 414. Modern Political Thought. 3-3-0. Examination of key texts from prominent political thinkers from the 16th to 20th centuries. (45.1001)

GOVT 416. Comparative Government. 3-3-0. Theory, organization methods and structure of the basic types of governments operating in the world today. (45.1001)

GOVT 421. American Foreign Policy. 3-3-0. Development of American foreign policy with emphasis on the problems that evolved after World War II due to the conflict between Communist bloc and Western Democratic nations. (45.0901)

GOVT 423. International Terrorism. 3-3-0. Examination of modern terrorism, with a particular emphasis on its causes and policy implications. (45.1001)

GOVT 426. Politics of World War II. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of department head. Examination of the president’s role in wartime. Special emphasis on the political, military, and constitutional aspects of World War II. (45.1099)

GOVT 457. The American Congress. 3-3-0. A detailed examination of the workings of the national legislature. Emphasis will be on development, selection process, internal workings and proceedings, relationship with constituents and the other branches, and its policy making role. (45.1001)

GOVT 458. The American Presidency. 3-3-0. An overview of the American presidency. Emphasis on development, selection process, presidential constituents, its policy making role, and possible reforms. (45.1001)

GOVT 494. Women and Government Internship. 12-0-24. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Acceptance into the program is competitive and accompanied by scholarship. Co-requisite: GOVT 495. Students supplement their in class education with practical experience gained through full time work in or related to the public sector. Credit toward graduation may not be earned in this course and GOVT 497 or 498. No more than 6 hours of internship credit may be applied toward the requirements for a Minor in Government. (45.1001)

GOVT 495. Women and Government Seminar. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Co-requisite: GOVT 494. Analysis of the political behavior of women within the context of American political institutions. (45.1001)

GOVT 497. Governmental Internship. 6-0-12. Prerequisites: Government major, junior standing, and permission of the department head. Practical experience gained through part time work in a government agency. Credit toward graduation may not be earned in this course and GOVT 494 or 498. No more than 6 hours of internship credit may be applied toward the requirements for a Minor in Government. (45.1001)

GOVT 498. Pre Law Internship. 6-0-12. Prerequisites: Government major, junior standing, and permission of the department head. Entrance to internship program is competitive. Practical experience gained through part time work with a law firm, court or district attorney’s office. Each student must first be recommended by the faculty, then be interviewed and accepted by the employing agency. Credit toward graduation may not be earned in this course and GOVT 494 or 497. No more than 6 hours of internship credit may be applied toward the requirements for a Minor in Government. (45.1001)

GOVT 499. Seminar in Political Science. 3-3-0. Research on a special problem in one of the areas of government. May be repeated for credit if content differs. (45.1001)

All Sociology majors must pass the Sociology capstone test in order to graduate.

  • SOCI 151 – Introductory Sociology
  • SOCI 201 – Social Problems
  • SOCI 204 – Cultural Diversity in American Society
  • SOCI 205 – Social Research I
  • SOCI – Social Science Elective (3 hours)
  • SOCI 305 – Social Research
  • SOCI 400 – Sociological Theory
  • SOCI 300+ – Sociolology Electives (18 hours)

For a complete listing of sociology courses and full course descriptions, check out the catalog.


SOCI 151. Introductory Sociology. 3-3-0. Theories and trends of society and social action with particular reference to life in the United States today. Degree credit will not be given for both SOCI 151 and 155.  (45.1101)

SOCI 155. Honors Introductory Sociology. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: Honors placement or permission of department head. In-dept analysis of theories and trends of society and social action with particular reference to life in the United States today. Degree credit will not be given for both SOCI 151 and SOCI 155. (45.1101)

SOCI 201. Social Problems. 3-3-0. Contemporary social problems with emphasis on American society.  (45.1101)

SOCI 204. Cultural Diversity in American Society. 3-3-0. Examines the cultural characteristics, contributions and patterns of contact of diverse groups in American society, including Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans and European Americans. (45.1101)

SOCI 205. Social Research I. 3-3-0. An introduction to social science research methods and selected data analysis techniques. Registration is limited to majors and minors in Sociology, Government, Criminal Justice, and Legal Assistant Studies. (45.1101)

SOCI 300. Social Service Institutions. 3-3-0. A systematic overview of the structure of social service provision at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels of society. Examination of issues of client advocacy and empowerment, resource allocation, and the effect of social policy on the individual. (45.1101)

SOCI 302. Sociology of Aging. 3-3-0. A study of the social, political, economic, and spiritual aspects of the aging process. Theoretical perspectives of life-stage development are examined. (45.1101)

SOCI 303. Religion – A Social Force. 3-3-0. An in-depth study of major world religions, examining rituals, rites of passage, and belief systems and institutions. Focus on the direct influences to social interactions, gender issues, and global awareness. (45.1101)

SOCI 304. Community Development. 3-3-0. Study of concepts of social activism and progressive organizing relative to grass roots movements and the process of societal change. Organizational models examined and applied in a real world setting. (45.1101)

SOCI 305. Social Research II. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: SOCI 205 or permission of Instructor. Advanced concepts and applications of social science research methods and data analysis techniques. (45.1101)

SOCI 306. Case Management – Generalist Practice. 3-3-0. Skills for entry-level human service provision. Case management, effective communication, and inter-agency relations are presented with application to case history. (45.1101)

SOCI 324. Social Stratification. 3-3-0. Sources and consequences of power and privilege in the social order. Cross-cultural data are used comparing the systems of social stratification in different societies. Attention is focused on answering the question, “Who gets what and why?” (45.1101)

SOCI 325. Medical Sociology. 3-3-0. Examination of the significance of social and cultural factors in the production, service, delivery and utilization of health care. (45.1101)

SOCI 333. Sociology of Social Work. 3-3-0. Sociological theory and social work practices and how theory and research can be used to investigate and explain social phenomena. (45.1101)

SOCI 360. Population Demographics and Dynamics. 3-3-0. The basic demographic facts of size, density, births, deaths, and migration will be analyzed with special attention being paid to their effects on society. (45.0501)

SOCI 372. Selected Topics in American Society. 3-3-0. Aspects of the culture and social organization of American society. May be repeated for credit if content differs. (45.1101)

SOCI 380. Social Movements and Collective Behavior. 3-3-0. Social movements and other types of collective behavior, the conditions under which they arise and their influence on society. (45.1101)

SOCI 385. Criminology. 3-3-0. A study of theories, treatment, and prevention of criminal behavior, including penal and correctional procedures. (45.0401)

SOCI   386.   Sociology of Deviant Behavior.       3-3-0.     Causes, processes, and consequences of persons and behaviors labeled as deviant.   (45.1101)

SOCI 387. Sociology of Drug Abuse. 3-3-0. Causes, processes and consequences of the use and abuse of legal and non legal substances, including drugs and alcohol.  (45.1101)

SOCI 390. Interpersonal Violence. 3-3-0. The relationships of cultural beliefs, values, norms, sex roles and socialization to the causes, consequences and societal responses to interpersonal violence, with emphasis on rape, incest and battering. (45.1101)

SOCI 391. Families and Lifestyles. 3-3-0. An analysis of the changing values, functions, statuses and roles of the family as an institution with emphasis on the diversity of families and lifestyles today. (45.1101)

SOCI 395. Racial and Cultural Minorities. 3-3-0. The nature and the causes of dominant and subordinate groups in American and other societies. The course takes a cross cultural as well as a developmental view of the social causes and consequences of majority minority group relations. (45.1101)

SOCI 400. Sociological Theory. 3-3-0. Major theorists and their relevance to sociological research. (45.1101)

SOCI 403. Senior Internship. 6-0-12. Prerequisites: Sociology majors and permission of the department head. Practical application of sociological principles in a supervised work situation. (45.1101)

SOCI 404. Social and Cultural Change. 3-3-0. Causes, forms and consequences of social and cultural change at various levels of society. (45.1101)

SOCI 405. Globalization. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. Examination of the nature, causes, and consequences of globalization. Attention will be paid to the economic, political, and socio-cultural dimensions and to the problems posed for current societies. (45.1101)

SOCI 406. Social Research III. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: SOCI 305 or   permission of Instructor.   Designed for sociology majors going to graduate school. Advanced analyses and interpretation of sociological data, their presentation suitable for reports and articles using SPSS and Microsoft Office.   (45.1101)

SOCI 424. Sociology of Disaster I. 3-3-0. An advanced course that surveys institutions, federal policies, and historical trends in disaster response management. Students will complete specific FEMA-NIMS, CDC-ERHMS, and Red Cross certifications as a major component of course work. (45.1101)

SOCI 425. Sociology of Disaster II. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: C or better in SOCI 424. An advanced course that applies disaster management knowledge to real world scenarios. Students will engage in management of mock drills and participate in an on-campus disaster training pod. (45.1101)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE (Bachelor of Science)
FRESHMAN YEARHrsElect or SubSemGrade Extra Classes Taken
Subject     SubjectSemGrade
Engl 101 (GER)3       
Engl 102 (GER)3       
Freshman Studies (UR)1       
Hist Elective (GER)3      
Math Elective (GER)3       
Math Elective (GER)3      
Natural Science Elective (GER)3       
Computer Lit Elective (CLR)2       
CRJU 290 **3       
CRJU 291 **3      
Elective or Minor3       
SOPHOMORE YEARHrsElect or SubSemGrade    
Fine Arts Elective (GER)3       
Natural Science Elective (GER)3       
Natural Science Elective (GER)3       
Spch 101 (OCR)3       
Engl Lit Elective (GER)3       
Humanities Elective (GER)3       
GOVT 101 (GER)3       
SOCI 151 OR PSYC 101 (GER)3       
CRJU 2603       
Elective or Minor3       
JUNIOR YEARHrsElect or SubSemGrade    
Engl 366 (GER)3       
Hist 3203       
Approved Soc Sci Elect 300+ ***3        
Approved Soc Sci Elect 300+ ***3    **8 HRS FROM CRJU 311 (1 HR), CRJU 312 (2 HR) or CRJU 313 (3 HR)
CRJU 3063    
CRJU 3093    SubjectHrsTitleSemGrade
CRJU 4003         
CRJU 4013         
Elective or Minor3         
Elective or Minor3         
SENIOR YEARHrsElect or SubSemGrade      
CRJU 311, 312, or 3138**See Across**      
CRJU 4033         
CRJU 4043         
CRJU 4053         
CRJU 4703         
CRJU 4811         
CRJU 4983         
Elective or Minor3         
Elective or Minor3         
Total Hrs120    Updated
Total Hours required for degress 120     45 hours must be courses at 300+ level
**Students holding an Associate in Criminal Justice may elect to take an advisor-approved Social Science Elective
*** Electives must be program adviser-approved. Social Science electives may include adviser approved CRJU 300+ courses; SOCI 385, 386, 387,
390, & adviser approved 372 topics; GOVT 399, 400, 423 & adviser approved 365 topics; PSYC 301, 402 & adviser approved 407 topics.

Criminal Justice Courses

CRJU 260. Forensic Science. 3-3-0. The application of physical and biological science in solving crime, and the role forensics plays in a legal court setting.

CRJU 290. Principles of Criminal Justice I. 3-3-0. An overview of the basic concepts and principles of policing.

CRJU 291. Principles of Criminal Justice II. 3-3-0. An overview of the basic concepts and principles of the criminal justice system to include a foundation in corrections, criminal law, adjudication, criminal justice theory, and issues involving crime.

CRJU 306. Community-Based Corrections. 3-3-0. Prerequisites: Jr standing/Major only. Correctional history, theory, and practices relating to community-based correctional programs to include a study of institutional operation, management, probation, and parole.

CRJU 309. Juvenile Delinquency. 3-3-0. Prerequisites: Jr standing/Major only. The theory and sociological explanation behind crimes committed by youths, with an emphasis on causes, prevention, and parental and societal control.

CRJU 311. Topics in Criminal Justice. 1-1-0. Prerequisites: Jr standing/Major only. The study of various topics related to Criminal Justice. (May be repeated for credit if topic differs.)

CRJU 312. Topics in Criminal Justice. 2-2-0. Prerequisites: Jr standing/Major only. The study of various topics related to Criminal Justice. (May be repeated for credit if topic differs.)

CRJU 313. Topics in Criminal Justice. 3-3-0. Prerequisites: Jr standing/Major only. The study of various topics related to Criminal Justice. (May be repeated for credit if topic differs.)

CRJU 400. Criminal Justice Theory. 3-3-0. The theoretical foundations of criminal justice to include an examination of legal philosophy and ethics, criminal behavior, policing, the court process, and penology.

CRJU 401. Comparative Criminal Justice Systems. 3-3-0. Prerequisites: Jr. standing/ Majors only. The study and comparison of foreign criminal justice systems, law, and culture.

CRJU 403. Maritime Enforcement & Security. 3-3-0. The study of coastal enforcement and security issues, to include maritime law and security, port authority, the Coast Guard, and Wildlife & Fisheries.

CRJU 404. Homeland Enforcement & Security. 3-3-0. Prerequisites: Jr. standing/ Majors only. The study of institutions, operations and issues affecting security of the nation with an emphasis on coastal enforcement and security.

CRJU 405. Industrial Enforcement & Security. 3-3-0. Prerequisites: Jr. standing/ Majors only. The study of safety and security issues associated with coastal business and industry, to include industrial plant security, oil and gas pipeline security, and offshore platform security.

CRJU 470. Law and Society. 3-3-0. Prerequisites: Jr. standing/ Majors only. An in-depth analysis of how societal norms, cultural values, and the interplay of interest groups shape law and the administration of justice.

CRJU 481. Diversity Seminar. 1-1-0. Prerequisites: Jr. standing/ Majors only. An overview of issues related to multiculturalism and diversity in the criminal justice system.

CRJU 498. Criminal Justice Internship. 3-3-0. Prerequisites: Jr. standing/ Majors only. Practical experience gained through supervised service-learning with an approved Criminal Justice-related agency. (May be repeated once for credit.)

Most law schools require the baccalaureate degree before admission. The College of Liberal Arts recommends a degree in political science since it is by far the most common major of those admitted into law school. We have recently placed students into the law programs at Southern University, Louisiana State University, Loyola, and the University of Southern California, often with scholarships. In the fall of their senior year, prospective law school students should take the Law School Aptitude Test (L.S.A.T.). In addition to the course requirements for the major, students should consider scheduling:

  • FACS 400 – The Family and Law
  • GOVT 399 – Civil Liberties
  • GOVT 400 – Constitutional Law
  • BSAD 221 – Legal Environment of Business
  • BSAD 324 – Commercial Law
  • MACO 370 – Law and Ethics of Mass Communication

The university awards a minor in international studies to students who successfully complete. It is a particularly good choice for Political Science and Sociology majors.

18 semester hours, including Geography 104 and 15 semester hours to be chosen from the humanities, social sciences and business concentrations listed below. The 15 hours require successful completion of:
six semester hours from two of the three concentrations listed below
and three semester hours from the remaining concentration.

Required Course

Geography 104 — World Regional Geography (3)

Humanities Concentration

Art 383 — Art History Survey (1900-Present) (3)
**English 410 — World Literature I (3)
**English 411 — World Literature II (3)
History 307 — Modern East Asia (3)
History 309 — Modern Middle East and South Asia (3)
History 334 — 20th Century Europe (3)
History 382 — English History (3)
History 393 — French History (3)
**History 400 — Russian History (3)
History 425 — Hitler and Nazi Germany (3)

Social Sciences Concentration

Government 331 — Topics and Dynamics of Third World Politics (3)
Government 391 — International Relations and Politics (3)
Government 416 — Comparative Government (3)
Government 421 — American Foreign Policy (3)
Sociology 324 — Social Stratification (3)
Sociology 360 — Population Demographics and Dynamics (3)
Sociology 372 — Special Topics: Dynamics of Change in Latin America (3)
Sociology 391 — Racial and Ethnic Relations (3)
Sociology 404 — Social and Cultural Change (3)
Sociology 405 — Globalization (3)

Business Concentration

Agricultural Science 105 — World Agriculture (3)
**Economics 435 — Principles of International Trade (3)
**Finance 450 — International France (3)
**Marketing 475 — Global Marketing (3)
Petroleum Services Technology 302 — Intercultural Communication (3)

** requires prerequisite(s)

The five required courses for the Social Work concentration include:

SOCI 300 – Social Services. In-depth analysis of the profession of social work and its effects on the individual, community, and national population. Examination of social work values and primary functions. Community, state, and federal resources, institutions, and social service programs are presented in an active learning environment.

SOCI 302 – Social work and the Aging Individual. Orients the student to the biopsychosocial aspects of the aging process. Examines and applies sociological concepts to stereotypes, special problems, and policies and programs directed toward the aging individual. Presents a contemporary view on later life development.

SOCI 303 – Religion: A Social Force. Academic study of religion focusing on the pattern of beliefs and practices of contemporary global modern societies. Specific analysis of the cognitive, ethical, ritual, institutional, aesthetic, and emotional dimensions will be applied to enhance an understanding of cultural religious practices.

SOCI 304 – Community Development. : Study of concepts of social activism and progressive organizing relative to grass roots movements and the process of societal change. Organizational models examined and applied in a real world setting.

SOCI 306 – Case Management – Generalist Practice. Skills for entry level human service provision. Case management, effective communication, and inter-agency relations are presented with application to case history.

The student may choose one of the following courses to fulfill the concentration:

SOCI 325 – Medical Sociology. This course examines the significance of social and cultural factors in the productions, service, delivery and utilization of health care.

SOCI 333 – Sociology of Social Work. This course illuminates the bridge between basic sociological theory and how that theory can be of practical use to social workers.

SOCI 372 – Selected Topics. This course will be utilized to provide specific topical courses relative to current trends in social work.

NURS 352. Perspectives on Death and Dying. 3-3-0. A multidisciplinary overview of death and dying. Explores death as a personal phenomenon. Information sharing, values clarification, and coping behaviors are emphasized. Open to non-nursing students.


“Nicholls State University has presented me with the opportunity to meet and work alongside a remarkable group of faculty, staff, students, and members of the community. One of the most amazing things about being a faculty member in the Department of Social Sciences is that we cater to the needs of our students, and focuses on real-world issues that are prominent in our society.

We offer courses that cover a wide range of topics, including, but not limited to, race and ethnicity, sexuality, criminology, deviance, coastal and maritime, politics, methods, sports, the media, etc. Our courses and innovative teaching styles help students develop skills and knowledge that can be applied to any field or career, which is fundamental for life-long learning. I am excited to be a part of such a hospitable institution that focuses on providing an academically stimulating environment for diverse students.”

Melinda Jackson-Jefferson, Ph.D

Criminal Justice Program Coordinator
Assistant Professor of Sociology


The Department of Social Sciences offers a wide array of extracurricular opportunities that provide Majors and Minor with hands-on experience in their respective field of study, scholarly enrichment, and interaction with colleagues and professors. These organizations and honor societies demonstrate a commitment on the part of the department to make the Nicholls experience a rewarding one.

List of Clubs & Honor Societies

  • College Republicans
  • Pi Sigma Alpha
  • Law Club
  • Sociology Club
  • Young Democrats

Sociology Club

The Sociology Club is currently advised by Dr. Melinda Jefferson

Pi Sigma Alpha

Pi Sigma Alpha is a national political science honorary founded at the University of Texas in 1920 and the Alpha Gamma Alpha Chapter of Nicholls State University was founded more recently in 2004 for the purpose of bringing together students and faculty interested in the study of government and politics. Membership in Pi Sigma Alpha is open to all Government majors and minors who place within the top-third of their class, have a 3.5 GPA in Government courses, and have completed twelve hours in Government (at least three at the 300 level).

The website for the national organization can be found at:

Alumni Placements

Political Science

Political Science and Sociology degrees both provide a host of career and educational opportunities. Our most common placements have been law school, grad school, social work, law enforcement, and education. Please see below for some of our recent placements in both fields. 

Political Science

Peter Jenkins (2011): LSU Master’s in Public Administration, VCU Public Policy and Administration PHD program

Patrick Vitrano (2013): New England College MBA

Trey Brazan (2013): Southern University Law

Jacob Badeaux (2013): Louisiana State Trooper

Belinda Bergeron (2013): Nicholls State University, Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Renee’Gros Chauvin (2014): Social Studies Teacher, Terrebonne Parish

Shiena Marie Normand (2015): Loyola Law School

Kostas Smith (2015): USC Gould School of Law (ranked in the top 20 nationally), Frilot LLC (Associate Attorney)

Connor Gonzales (2015): LSU M.A. Higher Ed Administration, LSU Ambassadors Adviser

Andrew Patrolia (2017): LSU Law School

Alison Lowery (2017): The Haddonfield Sun (newspaper journalist)

Tregg Parker (2017): Howard University School of Law


Sarah Arnouville (2017): graduate student, LSU MSW

Mesha Blackmon (2017): Center for Autism (Behavior Therapist), MSW student Texas A & M

Destiny Charles (2016): graduate student SUNO MSW

Tracey Cologne-Thomas (2016): Case manager, Terrebonne General Hospital

Amy Cobb (2016): Start Corp. – Youth Build, graduate student LSU MSW

Alison Doran (2008): MSW & MPH (Tulane Univ.)

Kadijah Gray (2016): Family Service Center

Dari Henry Green (2010): Sociology Ph.D. (LSU)

Megan Green (2013): MSW (LSU)

LaShawn Miller (2016): graduate student SUNO MSW, Magnolia Fly. Services

Helen Moore (2017): Montana DCFS, graduate student Montana Univ. MSW

Dalton Olivier (2017): graduate student Sam Houston State, Master’s in Sociology

Tevon Saddler (2018): graduate student Master in Sports Management (University of South Alabama)

Solomon Tention (2016): Ph.D. Education (Trident University)

Kierra Young (2015): MSW (SUNO)