The Catholic University of America (CUA) is a private, non-profit Catholic university located in Washington, D.C., in the United States. It is a pontifical university of the Catholic Church in the United States and the only institution of higher education founded by the U.S. Catholic bishops. Established in 1887 as a graduate and research center following approval by Pope Leo XIII on Easter Sunday, the university began offering undergraduate education in 1904. The university’s campus lies within the Brookland neighborhood, known as « Little Rome », which contains 60 Catholic institutions, including Trinity Washington University and the Dominican House of Studies.
CUA has environmental sustainability programs, including participation in Earth Day, Casey Trees tree planting, and Campus Beautification Day. CUA constructed its most recent building, Opus Hall, as LEED-compliant, and purchases 30% of its electricity from green sources. The university is participating in the 2010 College Sustainability Report Card rating.
In 2009, the School of Architecture and Planning introduced a Master of Science in Sustainable Design program.
Catholic University has 12 schools:
School of Architecture and Planning
School of Arts and Sciences
Tim and Steph Busch School of Business and Economics
School of Canon Law
School of Engineering
Columbus School of Law
Benjamin T. Rome School of Music
School of Nursing
School of Philosophy
Metropolitan School of Professional Studies
National Catholic School of Social Service
School of Theology and Religious Studies
in addition to 21 research centers and facilities.
In Fall 2013, the School of Library and Information Science became a department of the School of Arts and Sciences, giving the university its present composition.
The 12 schools offer Doctor of Philosophy degrees (or appropriate professional degrees) in 66 programs and Master’s Degrees in 103 programs. Undergraduate degrees are awarded in 72 programs by six schools: architecture and planning, arts and sciences, engineering, music, nursing and philosophy.
Undergraduates combine a liberal arts curriculum in arts and sciences with courses in a major field of study. The Metropolitan School provides programs for adults who wish to earn baccalaureate degrees or participate in continuing education and certificate programs on a part-time basis. 88% of undergraduates and 61% of graduate students are Catholic.
Catholic University is the only U.S. university with an ecclesiastical faculty of canon law (established by the Holy See in 1923) and is one of the few U.S. universities with ecclesiastical faculties of philosophy and sacred theology. Theological College, the university seminary, prepares men for the priesthood. The School of Theology and Religious Studies is a member of the Washington Theological Consortium.