The Catholic University of America

Table of Contents

Campus Overview 3
Message from the President 9
To the Undergraduate Students at The Catholic University of America: 9
Academic Calendar for 2007?2008 10
Fall (First) Semester 2007 10
Spring (Second) Semester 2008 10
Summer Sessions 2008 11
Officers of the University 13
Board of Trustees 13
Officers of Administration 14
Office of the President 14
Academic Affairs 14
Academic Deans 14
Enrollment Management 14
Facilities Operations 15
Financial Affairs 15
Student Life 15
University Development 15
The Mission Statement of the Catholic University of America 16
Aims of the University 16
Goals of the University 16
Accreditation and Memberships 17
Accreditation 17
Memberships 17
Schools of the University 17
School of Architecture and Planning 17
School of Arts and Sciences 17
School of Canon Law 17
School of Engineering 17
Columbus School of Law 17
School of Library and Information Science 18
Benjamin T. Rome School of Music 18
School of Nursing 18
School of Philosophy 18
National Catholic School of Social Service 18
School of Theology and Religious Studies 18
Metropolitan College 18
History 18
Academic Resources 19
University Libraries 19
Center for Planning and Information Technology 20
Consortium of Universities 20
Oak Ridge Associated Universities 21
Summer Sessions 21
Undergraduate Study 21
Admission 21
Regular Freshman Admission 21
Early Action 21
Required Credentials for Freshman Candidates 21
Secondary School Record 21
Standardized Tests 22
Advanced Placement and Credit 22
Auditions for Applicants to the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music 22
University Honors Program 22
Transfer Admission 22
International Student Admission 22
Students With Disabilities 23
Admission of Nondegree Students 23
Readmission 23
Registration 23
Registration Period 23
New Students 23
Continuing Students 23
Consortium Registration 24
Auditing 24
Course Numbers 24
Enrollment 24
Full-Time Study 24
Part-Time Study 24
Enrollment of Undergraduates for Graduate Study 24
Continuous Enrollment 24
Change of Enrollment 24
Leave of Absence 24
Additional Important Information for Students Receiving Federal Financial Aid 25
Change of Course 25
Withdrawal from a Course 25
Change of School 25
Academic Regulations for Undergraduates 25
Equivalent Experience 25
Overelection of Courses 25
Change of Curriculum, Course or Section 25
Exchange Courses 25
Summer Sessions 25
Student Classification 26
Program Concentration (Major) or Specialization 26
Double Concentration 26
Dual-degree Programs 26
Comprehensive Examination 26
General Degree Requirements 26
Attendance at Class 26
Grades and Academic Standing 27
Grading System 27
Pass/Fail 27
Incomplete Grades 27
Change of Grade 27
Grade Point Average 27
Dean?s List 27
Good Standing 27
Academic Probation 27
Dismissal 28
Withdrawal from the University 28
Additional Important Information for Students Receiving Federal Financial Aid 28
Academic Dishonesty 28
Commencement and Honors 29
Commencement 29
Diploma 29
Honors 29
Records and Transcripts 30
Policy 30
Directory Information 30
Name of Record 30
Transcripts 30
Student Life 30
Student Life Division Mission 30
Vice President for Student Life 31
Athletics 31
Career Services 31
Counseling Center 31
Dean of Students 31
Disability Support Services 32
Housing and Residential Services 32
International Student and Scholar Services 32
Public Safety 32
Student Health Services 32
Student Medical Insurance 32
University Center Student Programs and Events 32
Orientation Programs 33
Multicultural Education and Awareness 33
Office of Campus Ministry 33
2007?2008 Fees and Expenses 33
Tuition 33
Mandatory Fees 34
Housing 34
Board 34
Application Fees 34
Registration Deposits and Other Fees 34
Miscellaneous Charges 35
Program Fees 35
Payment Plan 35
Refund Policy 35
Financial Aid 36
Overview 36
CUA Scholarship and Grant Philosophy 36
Institutional Aid and Scholarships 36
Special University-Funded Programs 36
Need-Based Assistance 37
Federal Aid Programs 37
State Aid Programs 38
Donor-Sponsored Scholarships 39
Scholarship Academic Reviews 39
Minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress for Continuance of Financial Aid 39
University Honors Program 41
Faculty 42
Goals 43
Curriculum 43
Rules and Regulations 43
Courses of Instruction 44
School of Architecture and Planning 46
Officers of Instruction 47
Mission 49
Goals 49
Degree Programs 49
Accreditation 49
Location 49
Faculty and Resources 49
Foreign Studies 50
Special Programs 50
Degree Requirements 50
Other Information 51
Program of Studies 52
School of Arts and Sciences 54
Officers of Instruction 55
Objectives 60
Administration 60
Curricula 60
Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements 62
Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements 63
Rules Concerning Probation and Dismissal 63
Minor Programs 63
Department of Anthropology 63
Department of Art 64
Program in Biochemistry 66
Department of Biology 66
Department of Business and Economics 67
Program in Chemical Physics 69
Department of Chemistry 69
Program in Comparative Literature 70
Department of Drama 70
Department of Education 71
Department of English Language and Literature 74
Department of Greek and Latin 75
Department of History 78
Intensive English Program 79
Program in Latin American and Latino Studies 80
Department of Mathematics 81
Degree Programs 81
Department of Media Studies 82
Program in Medical Technology 83
Program in Medieval and Byzantine Studies 83
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures 84
Program in Music 89
Peace and Justice Studies Program 89
Program in Philosophy 90
Department of Physics 91
Department of Politics 92
Department of Psychology 95
Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures 96
Program in Social Work 96
Department of Sociology 99
Program in Theology and Religious Studies 100
School of Engineering 104
Officers of Instruction 105
Biomedical Engineering Advisory Council 106
Civil Engineering Advisory Council 106
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Advisory Council 106
Mechanical Engineering Advisory Council 107
History 108
Mission 108
Goals 108
Undergraduate Curricula and Academic Regulations 108
Department of Biomedical Engineering 111
Department of Civil Engineering 112
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 113
Department of Mechanical Engineering 116
Benjamin T. Rome School of Music 118
Officers of Instruction 119
History 121
Goals 121
Institute of Sacred Music 122
The Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music 122
Bachelor of Music Programs 122
School of Nursing 141
Officers of Instruction 142
History 143
Mission 143
Goals 143
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program 143
Typical Program Plans 144
Admission to Basic Program 145
Second Degree Program for Non-Nursing College Graduates 146
B.S.N. Completion Program for Registered Nurses 147
Combined B.S.N./M.S.N Program for Registered Nurses 147
Student Resources 148
Policies and Regulations 148
School of Philosophy 150
Officers of Instruction 151
History 152
Mission 152
Requirements for Admission 152
Undergraduate Programs 152
Honors 154
Basselin Foundation 154
Six-Year Joint Ph.B.?S.T.B. Program 154
Summer Sessions 155
Metropolitan College 156
Administration 157
Adjunct Faculty 157
History and Mission 158
Admission 158
Financial Information 158
Bachelor?s Degrees 158