The Catholic University Of America

The Catholic University of America was founded in the name of the Catholic Church in the United States by Pope Leo XIII and the bishops of this country as a national institution of learning.

Given its origins and the historic role of its ecclesiastical faculties, this university has a responsibility to the Church in the United States that is special to it: It is called to be an intellectual center of highest quality, where the relation between revealed truth and human truth can be examined in depth and with authority. It seeks, moreover, to do this in the light of the American experience. It is for this reason that, from its inception, the university has enjoyed a unique relationship with the Holy See and the entire Catholic community.

Established as a center for graduate study, The Catholic University of America has evolved into a modern American university, committed not only to graduate but also to undergraduate and professional education and to the cultivation of the arts. At every level, the university is dedicated to the advancement of learning and particularly to the development of knowledge in ... [ Read All ]


United States

Department of Art
DC 20064
Phone: 202-319-5282
Fax: 202-319-6390

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Our Aims

The Catholic University of America is a community of scholars, both faculty and students, set apart to discover, preserve and impart the truth in all its forms, with particular reference to the needs and opportunities of the nation. As a university, it is essentially a free and autonomous center of study and an agency serving the needs of human society. It welcomes the collaboration of all scholars of good will who, through the process of study and reflection, contribute to these aims in an atmosphere of academic competence where freedom is fostered and where the only constraint upon truth is truth itself.

As a Catholic university, it desires to cultivate and impart an understanding of the Christian faith within the context of all forms of human inquiry and values. It seeks to ensure, in an institutional manner, the proper intellectual and academic witness to Christian inspiration in individuals and in the community, and to provide a place for continuing reflection, in the light of Christian faith, upon the growing treasure of human knowledge.

As a member of the American academic community, it accepts the standards and procedu...  [ Read All ]

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Department and information about the department

The Department of Art is devoted to nurturing the production and understanding of artistic expression, one of the oldest, most vital and human of endeavors. The department offers programs in art history and studio art leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree. An interdisciplinary B.A. in studio art for secondary education is also offered in cooperation with the Department of Education. Together, these programs are dedicated to the proposition that art and culture are one, and that exposure to the visual arts is an essential component of every liberal education. Our goal of fostering a greater appreciation of the arts is especially fitting at The Catholic University of America, given both the historic tradition of brilliant art patronage by the Catholic Church, and the outstanding resources of Washington, D.C. Among the many nearby institutions that offer world-class art collections are the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Phillips Collection, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Library of Congress, and Hillwood and Dumbarton Oaks. Students in the department are encouraged t...  [ Read All ]

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Information For  Undergraduates

Undergraduate Programs:
Art History
Digital Arts
Studio Art
The Double Major
Art and Secondary Education
Subconcentration in Studio Art and Art History  

Information For  International Students

International students at CUA must have successfully completed a university preparatory course of study at a secondary school (a minimum of 12 years of primary & secondary school training comprising the equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma).  


Student Support

The work of the student life educator at CUA is based on a philosophy that the goal of education is not simply to develop the intellect of a student, but also to facilitate the growth of the whole person. The office of the vice president for student life is responsible for establishing programs and services to support the development of the individual student and to enhance the quality of campus community life.  

Student Life

The mission of the Division of Student Life at The Catholic University of America is to promote and facilitate the growth of students to a full and balanced maturity. In partnership with the academic community, the division seeks to support and stimulate intellectual development both in and outside the classroom. In accordance with the university’s stated aims, the division strives to foster exploration and incorporation of genuine human values together with religious and moral principles. As student development educators, division staff members seek to stimulate the most extensive personal growth possible — physical, social, emotional, vocational and spiritual — to prepare students to occupy a productive and meaningful place in society (through which the university’s principles are represented). This mission is accomplished by providing facilities, services, information, programs and role models that expand students’ horizons and challenge and support them in reaching their full potential.  


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