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 inequality, socialization, deviance, 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 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. According to the Washington Post, "Sociology gives students both math and critical thinking skills, as well as great writing and analytical skills."  read more....



The Summer and Fall 2015 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.....

Other recent news                                                    

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 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 during the academic year 2014-2015.









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


May 2. Last Day of Classes.

May 16. Commencement Exercises.

May 11 - Agust 15. Summer Session.

August 27. Student Orientation begins.

August 31.  Opening of class.