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

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

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

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

Why NATO Endures
 by Wallace Thies

Washington 101: An Introduction to the Nation's Capitol
co-authored by Matthew Green et. al

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


The Modern Philosophical Revolution: The Luminosity of Existence

by David Walsh

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



Upcoming Events

  •  The Department of Politics will sponsor the showing of a movie, The French Minister (Quai d’Orsay), this Thursday evening, October 30th, at 7:30pm in Caldwell 109. The film is a fast-paced, uproarious glimpse inside the French Foreign Ministry through the eyes of a bewildered new staffer fresh out of France’s elite public administration school. It is a thinly veiled satire of the flamboyant Dominque de Villepin in the months leading up to the American invasion of Iraq, which France opposed. Great fun for political junkies of all stripes, students aspiring to careers in government and politics, and anyone how enjoys an entertaining film. In French with English subtitles.
  • Join Catholic Relief Services and the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies on Tuesday, November 11th at 5pm for a discussion, "Building a Lasting Peace in CAR," with the highest religious leaders of the Central African Republic, Imam Omar Kabine Layama, Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga, and Reverend Nicolas Guérékoyamé Gbangou, who have formed an Interfaith Platform and have worked tirelessly to build peace in CAR.  

   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.