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. 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.
Dr. Daniel Martinez recently testified in Capitol Hill about the effects of immigration enforcement programs.
Meghan Crowley was awarded the 2013 William Joseph Kerby Award.
Hannahrose Robinson was awarded the Gerald J. Rehel Leadership Memorial Award by the university.
Sharena Savari plans to attend the Curry Graduate School of Education at the University of Virginia after graduation.
Dee Jay Bletso plans to attend the Graduate School of Criminology at the University of South Florida after graduation.
Analisa Gagnon, Natalia Ashley, Ololade Ogunfowokan, Eric Meleney, Meghan Crowley, and Matthew R. Dean have been inducted into the AKD Honor Society.
Christine Li published "Turning around low performing private universities in China. A perspective of organizational ecology" International Review of Education, December 2012.
Natalia Ashley and Charles Crane Clunk presented their research at the last meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society in Boston.
Department of Sociology
Aquinas Hall, 116
The Catholic University of America
Washington DC 20064
Enrique S. Pumar, Ph.D.
Chair and Advising Coordinator