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

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.  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

  • Please join CUAbroad and the Department of Politics for an information session about the British Parliamentary Internship.  The information session will be hosted in Pryz 327 on February 26th from 1pm to 2pm. 
  • Arts and Sciences will be holding an open house in the Pryz Great Rooms on February 26th from 5pm to 7pm.  Come learn more about the politics program and get free food too!