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About us

The Faculty of Social Sciences of the Pontifical Gregorian University was founded in 1972 as an ecclesial response to the challenges in contemporary societies.

Always in dialogue with societies and their transformations, it offers scientific training programs that are focused on the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church, the development of the human person and the common good at its center. Our programs integrate different disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, political science, management, and social communication.

Our programs focus on developing analytical skills, a critical understanding of social problems, and teamwork skills—all in a multidisciplinary way, relying on the continuous support of a trained teaching staff, attentive to student needs and available to engage them in social challenges. The Faculty strives to implement the incipit of Gaudium et Spes: “The joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the men of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ. Indeed, nothing genuinely human fails to raise an echo in their hearts.”


Our students come from all over the world and all walks of life: priests, consecrated persons and laity. In this international environment, the Faculty’s mission is to train them so that, after completing their studies, they can apply their newly acquired competencies  to  qualified professional activities. Animated by the values and principles of the Catholic social teaching, they render a valuable service to integral human development in their local contexts.