Founded in 1972, the School of Social Sciences embodies the ecclesial response of the Pontifical Gregorian University to the global challenges pertaining to the social world. Shaped by the human person and the common good, the students’ training in this school encompasses not only the traditional areas of study and inquiry in social sciences (sociology, political sciences, economics, law and anthropology), but also Catholic Social Thought.

Analytical, methodological, and teamworking skills are developed by students within a multidisciplinary and international environment in which the teaching and administrative staff are always attentive to their needs and ready to provide them with a training that prepares them to face contemporary social challenges.

As stated by the incipit of the Second Vatican Council’s encyclical Gaudium et Spes (1) : “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 (priests, religious and lay people) come from all over the world. In this international environment, the Faculty's mission is to train them so that, after completing their studies, they can use the knowledge they have learned to carry out a qualified professional activity according to Christian principles. Enabling them to render a service in their respective dioceses and in the many and varied entities dedicated to integral human development.