The Catholic University of America

Welcome to the Sociology Department

Sociology is the study of humans in society. Sociologists study such issues as the causes and consequences of social inequality, the impact of groups on individuals, the causes of social and political change, the sources of values and beliefs, and the organization of major institutions.


Founded in 1895, Catholic University's Sociology Department was the first at an American Catholic university, and is today one of the oldest sociology departments in the United States. We offer courses of study leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with concentrations in Crime and Justice Studies; Global and Comparative Processes; or Public Policy Analysis. We also offer the Master of Arts in Sociology, and a 5-year combined B.A./M.A. program.


Our sociology program is designed to enable students to think systematically and critically about society, and to help students develop analytical, research and writing skills relevant to a variety of careers. According to the Washington Post, "Sociology gives students both math and critical thinking skills, as well as great writing and analytical skills."  read more....


We encourage qualified advanced students to enroll in graduate courses. Our courses cover such topics as crime and terrorism, race, ethnicity and gender, culture and religion, inequality and social change, and international development issues.


Recent News         


Mary Sykes presented a paper with Dr. Sandra Hanson at the recent meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society.

Abe Thouin was elected Undergratuate Research Fellow at the University's Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies.

Jessica Emani, a former student, is a Ph.D. candidate and Graduate Fellow at the Institute for Migration Research, George Mason University.

Bernadette Poerio is the Campus Campaign Coordinator for Teach for America and a Senior Fellow in the Undergraduate Fellows Program.

Clement Kamaru and Abe Thouin were recently inducted into the AKD Honor Society. 





Contact Information

Department of Sociology
Aquinas Hall, 116
The Catholic University of America
Washington DC 20064

Enrique S. Pumar, Ph.D.
Chair and Advising Coordinator
Phone: 202-319-5445
E-mail: pumar[at]


Forthcoming Events

February 25   Department Brown Bag with Jessica Emami

March 10-17   Spring Break

March 18 and April 24  Graduate Student/Faculty Coffee and Tea

March 24 and 26   Graduate Comps

March 31 and April 2 Undergraduate Comps

April 17-22   Eastern Holiday

April 29   Department End of Year Party and Senior Feedback

May 2   Last Day of Classes

May 17   University Commencement