Welcome to the Department of Sociology

The Department of Sociology at Georgetown University brings together faculty, postdoctoral fellows and students to study and understand local, national and global challenges and the forces that shape the human experience. We are committed to the power of the sociological imagination, and to discovering new solutions to complex social issues in society. We promote ways of imagining and re-imagining the common good and encourage the use of knowledge and skills to realize a more just society. We offer students opportunities to learn and apply these skills through research and experiential learning activities in D.C. and beyond.

Ever wonder what studying sociology can lead you to? 

Amanda S. C. Gorman, the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, majored in Sociology at Harvard. On January 20, 2021, at age 22, she shared her poetry at President Biden’s Inaugural Ceremony. She has written for the New York Times and other venues, and she is the author of books of poetry and has a forthcoming children’s book. Alondra Nelson, Professor of Sociology and President of the Social Science Research Council, was appointed by President Biden to the position of Deputy Director for Science and Society in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. This is a new position designed to bring social science expertise into science and technology strategy and policy.