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 course schedule is 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                                                    

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.

Former graduate student, Christine Li published a study about international students in the International Journal of Higher Education.  She is a Senior Analyst for ICMA-RC.

Dr. Gabriella Sanchez was recently interviewed in National Public Radio about the issue of unaccompanied minors.

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.

Diego Rosario-Rivera was awarded the 2014 William Joseph Kereby Award for his outstanding academic achievement. Diego currently attends graduate school at George Mason University.

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...








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

October 13. Colombus Day

October 20 & 22. Senior Comp

October 30. Department Halloween Party

November 3. Spring Registration

November 18. Brown Bag

November 20. Brown Bag

November 26. Thanksgiving Recess

December 5. Last Day of Classes