through sociological research and real-life applications.

Who We Are

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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.

Join the Graduate Programs Virtual Open House: October 17–27

Registration is open for the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences 2023 Open House! The online event includes program-specific information sessions and opportunities to engage with current graduate students, faculty and our admissions team. 

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Departmental Focus Areas

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Urban Sociology

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Criminal Justice

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Human Services
& Social Justice

Faculty by Research Area

News from Sociology

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President Granberg, sociologist celebrate research, community engagement at GW

University President Ellen Granberg spoke with Joya Misra, the president of the American Sociological Association, at an event Thursday.


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Jacqueline Groccia

"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."

Jacqueline Groccia
BA ‘18, Criminal Justice
MA ‘19, Criminology