The Department of Sociology was established in 1972 under the Quaid-i-Azam University Ordinance but it became functional in 2014. The Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Masoom Yasinzai was very keen to start M.Sc sociology program in 2011. He assigned this duty to Prof. Dr. Naveed-i-Rahat, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences and Prof. Dr. Hafeez ur Rehman, then Chairman Department of Anthropology to start M.Sc sociology program. However, Prof. Dr. Eatzaz Ahmad, Dean Social Sciences in 2013-2014 took initiative to make functional Department of Sociology on the continuous struggle and personal efforts of Dr. Muhammad Zaman and other faculty members of the department. Initially, Mr. Farhan Ahmad Faiz took charge of the department for a brief period. Later, Dr. Muhammad Zaman was appointed as In-Charge of the Department of Sociology in 2014.
The Department of Sociology, Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) Islamabad intends to create indigenous sociological knowledge and compare it with the cosmopolitan, on the one hand and to apply professional research skills to influence social policies for desirable social development, on the other hand. This is possible through the acquisition of skills, training and promotion of the young scholars and academicians. This Department is a research-oriented institution where students are expected to peruse knowledge that is for the diverse needs of social organizations as well as the wider society of Pakistan.
The Sociology Department has established a unique identity because of its focus on contemporary social issues. It is providing solid training in statistics, sociological theory, research methodology and the subfields of the disciplines. The department focuses and emphasis on social concerns help to prepare students for research, teaching, social service and social welfare missions.
The graduates over here are concerned with understanding the human condition, past and present, and equipped with the skills of developing rapport in unfamiliar situations, collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data, thinking analytically at the macro and micro levels, and communicating effectively, both orally and in writing. All of these skills are highly relevant to the multicultural and global world. Sociology students in the program are well-prepared for further academic study, and/or for pursuing careers in social services, criminal justice, education, research, health, social and corporate sector, marketing, business consulting, policy analysis, program and projects evaluation, community participation and development.