The Catholic University of America

Welcome to the School of Philosophy

Our community of students and scholars works together to study issues confronting both the major philosophical disciplines and the major figures in the history of philosophy. With a specific concern for the Catholic intellectual tradition, we are guided by two perennial questions: What is the human good? What are the ultimate principles of being and knowledge?

Ph.D. Program

Our Ph.D. program is designed to provide students with a broad philosophical background both in the history of philosophy and the systematic study of philosophical questions. With a strong record of job placement, our program gives students the skills for scholarly research and prepares them to join the academic community at large.  

M.A. and Ph.L. Programs

We offer a variety of M.A. and Ph.L. programs for students interested either in a terminal degree or further doctoral studies. These programs provide a broad philosophical background both in the history of philosophy and the systematic study of philosophical questions, preparing students either for further academic study or the professional world. 

Undergraduate Programs

Our undergraduate programs are designed to provide students with a broad philosophical background both in the history of philosophy and the systematic study of philosophical questions. These programs also give students the opportunity to do upper division work in related disciplines and serve as excellent preparation for the study of law or theology. 

Seminarians

With the resources of the ecclesiastical faculties of the School of Philosophy and the School of Theology and Religious Studies, CUA offers an outstanding academic program in pre-theology studies for seminarians, inspired by the vision and in accord with the norms of The Program of Priestly Formation, fifth edition. 

 + Fr. George McLean, O.M.I. +
June 29, 1929 - September 6, 2016

Father George McLean, O.M.I., Professor Emeritus of the School of Philosophy, was laid to rest on September 13, 2016 at the cemetery of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Residence in Tewksbury, MA.

Full obituary can be found here. 

 

 

Important Dates & Events

  • September 30, 2016: Fall Lecture Series, 2nd Lecture: Michael Pakaluk, "Identity and Identification in Aristotelian Friendship"
  • October 13-14, 2016: Graduate Reading List Exams. 9 am - 1 pm each day. Past Exams can be downloaded from the Quick Links menu on the bottom left hand side of this page. To register, please email brunk@cua.edu. 
  • October 21, 2016: Fall Lecture Series, 3rd Lecture: Daniel Maher, "Self-Love and Love of Another Self"
  • October 27, 2016: Graduate Language Exams. For past exams, or to register, please email brunk@cua.edu.