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


Recent News         


Any student interested in working in the department as a work-study during the 2014-15 academic year should contact us.

The Department welcomes our new colleague Dr. Gabriella Sanchez

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 invited to deliver a Keynote Address at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy.

Diego Rosario-Rivera was awarded the William Joseph Kereby Award for his outstanding academic achievement. Diego will attend graduate school at George Mason University this Fall.

Sandra Villegas was one of the invited conference speakers at Preparate: Educating Latinos for the Future of America Conference organized by The College Board. Read more...

Mary Sykes presented a paper with Dr. Sandra Hanson at the recent meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society. She recently completed a graduate internship at the Institute for Women's Policy Research.

Clement N. Kamaru will attend graduate school at the London School of Economics this Fall.

Analisa Gagnon will attend Arizona State University Doctoral Program in Justice Studies 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

May 16 University Honor Convocation.

May 17  University Commencement.

May 12-Agust 9 Summer Sessions.

August 21  New Student Orientation.

August 25  Opening of Fall classes.