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.

Department of Politics

Marist Hall, Room 300

Phone: (202) 319-5128

Fax: (202) 319-6289


Recent Faculty Publications

Annual Editions: Race and Ethnic Relations, 19th edition
 edited by John A. Kromkowski

Activists, Alliances and Anti-U.S. Base Protests
by Andrew Yeo


The Speaker of the House: A Study of Leadership
by Matthew N. Green
Why NATO Endures
 by Wallace Thies

Peacebuilding: Catholic Theology, Ethics, and Praxis
by Maryann Cusimano Love

Rivalry and Alliance Politics in Cold War Latin America
by Christopher Darnton

Party On!
by John Kenneth White and Matthew R. Kerbel


 Beyond Sovereignty: Issues for a Global Agenda
 edited by Maryann Cusimano Love


Barack Obama's America: How New Conceptions of Race, Family, and Religion Ended the Reagan Era
 by John Kenneth White
The Modern Philosophical Revolution: The Luminosity of Existence

by David Walsh


Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 12 - 1pm - Join the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies Religion & Public Life Brown Bag for a discussion with guest speaker Kristina Arriaga, Executive Director of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. Event will be in the Vincent Walter Room, Curley Hall.

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   Careers in Politics

Our majors have successfully pursued careers after college in a wide variety of fields, ranging from academia to political office.
Notable graduates from our program include Martin O’Malley, Governor of Maryland; Ed Gillespie, former George W. Bush advisor; and Terry McAuliffe, Governor of Virginia and former head of the Democratic Party.  
For more about pursuing a career with a B.A. in politics from CUA, see here.