Department of Sociology, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences seal. Hilary Silver and her GTA teach undergraduate students in SOC 2169: Urban Sociology in Bell 104.


through sociological research and real-life applications.


Who We Are


Students discussing in a circle in professor Hillary Silver's class


In the George Washington University Department of Sociology, students analyze human social structures through classwork, research and practical workplace experience. Our undergraduate and graduate degree programs explore sociology’s many applications to the world around us, with options including sociological theory, criminal justice and our in-house Human Services and Social Justice Program.

Surrounded by the rich social laboratory of Washington, D.C., sociology students enjoy professional opportunities at institutions like the Department of Justice, the Supreme Court, the White House and a variety of social justice nonprofits. Under the guidance of faculty, students build the skills and networks they need for future careers as researchers, professors, child care workers, nonprofit leaders, criminal investigators, rehabilitation counselors and much more.



Departmental Focus Areas

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    Urban Sociology

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    Criminal Justice

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    Human Services and Social Justice



Jacqueline Groccia

Jacqueline Groccia

BA ‘18, Criminal Justice
MA ‘19, Criminology

"The extensive research and academic experiences GW provided in and outside the department prepared me to apply sociological and criminological theories along with statistical knowledge to substantive issues surrounding social justice."