Loyola University Maryland

Department of Sociology


Department Mission

Understanding and critically analyzing social issues of our time is essential to the construction of just and sustainable local, national, and global communities. To this end, the Sociology Department of Loyola University Maryland cultivates a sociological imagination - the ability to think critically about the social construction of knowledge, power, privilege, difference, and inequality. The department provides students with theoretical, analytical, and methodological tools to engage with poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia, war and violence, human rights abuse, religious intolerance, and environmental degradation. 


Department Vision

The Sociology Department of Loyola University Maryland will foster students' capacity to recognize the reproduction of inequality, difference, and patterns of social injustice in the U.S. and the world. We will cultivate students' ability to recognize the intersecting nature of structures of inequality and privilege and the varied ways in which these are experienced by others and themselves. Faculty aim to inspire students to challenge unjust systems, organizations, and communities, and to reflexively examine their own participation in them. 



Michelle Gawerc

Michelle Gawerc, Ph.D.

This sociology professor's work is driven by her dedication to peace, justice, and understanding