The Catholic University of America

Welcome to the Department of Politics

The Department of Politics at The Catholic University of America provides a unique liberal arts approach to the study of politics while taking advantage of our location in the nation's capital. Our courses examine the historical and theoretical foundations of politics as well as its practical side. Classes are offered in a range of subfields within the study of political science, including American politics, world politics (including international relations and comparative politics), and political theory. In addition, our proximity to Capitol Hill and downtown Washington, D.C. provides students with easy access to events, activities, internships, and other educational and career-related opportunities in politics.

In addition to a bachelor of arts degree, the department offers doctorate and master's degrees in American government, political theory, and world politics. Off-campus M.A. programs are offered on Capitol Hill in Congressional and Presidential Studies and in International Affairs. Qualified students may also complete a joint J.D./M.A. with the Columbus School of Law. Our graduate students have gone on to diverse careers in politics, law, government, public policy and academia.


Recent News

March 2:  Professor Matthew Green writes about the influence of the minority party in the House of Representatives over funding the Department of Homeland Security in the Washington Post blog The Monkey Cage.

January 30:  Junior politics major Adriana Carlucci receives the Frank J. Corsaro Scholarship by the National Italian American Foundation.

January 27:  Professor Dorle Hellmuth participates in a CUA panel discussion "Who is Charlie?" examining the recent terrorist attacks in Paris within the context of free speech, religious freedom, and security in Europe. 

November 23: Professor Maryann Cusimano Love debunks five myths about Pope Frances in the Washington Post

November 13: Maryland Governor and CUA alum Martin O'Malley presents his ideas for a new national economic policy.  He is followed by a panel discussion featuring former CUA professor Norm Ornstein and Politics professor Matthew Green, sponsored by the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies.  For more, see here

November 11: Politics professor Maryann Cusimano Love moderates a panel of interfaith leaders from Central African Republic discussing their peace-building efforts in the CAR.

October 30: Politics Senior Mariah Kelly is interviewed on Serbian radio about American youth, their participation in elections, and the new wave of independent young voters.






Department of Politics

Marist Hall, Room 300

Phone: (202) 319-5128

Fax: (202) 319-6289




Upcoming Events

  • College Republicans of CUA will be hosting a visit by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) on Monday, March 23rd at 7pm in Pryz Room B.
  • April 3-6:  Easter recess.
  • Odyssey Day for prospective students will be held on Friday, April 10.  Come learn more about what CUA and the Department of Politics have to offer!