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, migration, and international development issues.


The Spring and Summer 2015 course schedules are now available.  Read more....

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology announce the creation of a new global migration study minor starting in Fall 2014.  Read more.....

Other recent news                                                    

AJ Academia was awarded an internship at The African Faith and Justice Network.

Dr Gabriella E. Sanchez published Human Smuggling and Border Crossings, Routledge 2014.

Justine Swindell was awarded a prestigious graduate fellowship by the United Nations Association for the Spring 2015.

Daniel Heesemann was awarded a Spring 2015 Internship with the Committee on Homeland Security of the US House of Representatives.

Ellyn Conn was awarded a University of Maryland START Terrorist Ideology Project for the Spring 2015.

Dr. Sandra Hanson was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation and the Sigma Xi Distinguished Lectureship for 2015-2017.

Dr. Enrique S. Pumar was appointed Visiting Scholar at the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University during the academic year 2014-2015.

Sandra Villegas will be a graduate intern at the Children Defense Fund during the Spring 2015.

Victoria Lee and Kaitlyn Ann Casey were inducted into the Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society this Fall.








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

December 5. Last Day of Classes

January 12. Opening of Spring Semester classes.

March 6. Last Day to submit Spring 2015 diploma application.

March 9-15.  Spring Break.

March 23. Fall Registration begins.

April 2-6. Eastern Break.

May 2. Last Day of Classes.

May 16. Commencement Exercises.