The Catholic University of America

Welcome to the Sociology Department

Sociology is about the study of individuals and societies. 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 courses cover such Catholic social justice topics as crime and terrorism, race, ethnicity and gender, culture and religion, inequality and social change, migration, and international development.


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. Our program also encourages students to complement their classroom experiences by taking advantage of a variety of internship opportunities. According to the Washington Post, "Sociology gives students both math and critical thinking skills, as well as great writing and analytical skills."  read more....



Learn more about the Sociology Minor

The Spring 2016 course schedules is now available.  Read more....

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


Contact Information

Enrique S. Pumar, Chair. Department of Sociology
Marist Hall B-14. The Catholic University of America
Washington DC 20064.

Email: pumar(at)

Phone: (202) 319-5941/5445

Fax: (202) 319-4980









Faculty and Student Spotlight

In 2015-16 the department is hosting Visiiting Scholar Dr. Jesus Valero from the University of Valladolid, Spain.

The department welcomes two new faculty member Dr. Evita Bynum and Dr. C. Soledad Espinoza.

Dr. Chris Tamborini published an article in Demography.

Julia Girardi was a awarded a Fulbright Teaching Award to Austria.

Ginamarie Shaffer was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and was awarded the President's Award.

Christina Barlow and Ginamarie Shaffer were awarded the 2015 Kerby Award for outstanding academic achievement in sociology.

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

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 in 2014-2016.


Forthcoming Events

November 5 at 5:00 pm: Public Lecture by Armando Trull entitled "The Law of Unintended Consequences- Secret Factors Behind Transnational Crime and Migration," in 102 Aquinas Hall.

December 14.  Last Day of Classes.