The Catholic University of America

Metropolitan College


Sara Thompson, Ph.D., M.B.A
Scott E. Battle,M.B.A
Chair, Professional Studies
Susan Scully, B.A
Director, Corporate Outreach
Graziella P.McCarron, M.A
Director, Student Development
Toni Khianthalat, M.S.C.S
Manager, Academic and Online Program

Adjunct Faculty

Adele Abrams, J.D. Roy Littlefield, Ph.D.
Dennis Austin, M.S. Carolyn Martiny Cosmos, M.A.
Lee Babcock, Ph.D. Estee Mendoza-Irby, M.B.A.
David Banks, Ph.D. Jack Moran, Ed.S., M.B.A., M.A.
Jeremy Blum, D.Sc. Alice Myers, M.S.
Denise Boston-Moore, Ph.D. Carmen Nanko, D.Min.
Timothy Butler, M.B.A. Suzanne Nortier, Psy.D.
Corinne Cannon, M.A.T., M.Sc. Manuel Quaresma, Ph.B., J.C.L.
Johanna Cottman, M.S.W. Susan Richardson, M.A.
Abby Crowley, Ph.D. Marilyn Ringenberg, Ph.D.
Abby Crowley, Ph.D. Minerva San Juan, Ph.D.
Phillip Daniels, M.S.A. Jonathan Segal, Ph.D.
Hussein Dernawi, M.S. Kenneth Seidl, M.S.
Aimee Felker, M.A., M.L.S. Richard Sharp, Ph.D.
Christopher Felker, J.D., Ph.D. Paul Shibelski, M.B.A.
Saiid Ganjalizadeh, Ph.D. Robert Sienkiewicz, Ph.D.
Anne Gay, M.A. Joseph Smolskis, M.B.A.
Joseph Goldsmith, Ph.D. Richard Spivack, Ph.D.
Joseph Hillery, Ph.D. Karen Stacy, M.A.
Myrna Jackson, M.S.W. Richard Stacy, M.S.
Margaret Christi Karwowski, O.S.F., Ph.D. Max Teleki, M.A.
Satwant Kaur, M.A., M.Ed. Edward Trudeau, M.A.
Charles Kenny, J.D. David Vargas, M.S.
Kimo Kippen James Wayne, M.B.A.
M.S.James Kruggel, M.A.  

History and Mission

In 1979, The Catholic University of America created Metropolitan College, originally named University College, in order to bring the resources of the university to adult learners. Metropolitan College has had a long history of serving adults with programs that integrate a values-based, liberal arts foundation with majors that are applied and focused on professional career tracks. The college offers bachelor?s degrees, certificates, and noncredit preparation for professional certification in high-demand career tracks.

Metropolitan College regards its service to nontraditional students as a special part of The Catholic University of America?s overall educational mission. Reflecting the tradition and educational values of the university, the bachelor?s degree is based on a strong core component of study in the humanities and social sciences. Individual programs are designed with a maximum of flexibility to accommodate the various schedules of adult students. Courses adhere to the academic standards of the university while being offered in evening, accelerated, and online formats.

Metropolitan College offers the following undergraduate degrees and certificates:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, B.A.I.S.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Management, B.A. Mgt.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Information Technology, B.A.I.T.
  • Bachelor of Arts in General Studies, B.A.G.S.
    (Note: This degree is being phased out. It is offered only to students admitted prior to 8/1/06.)
  • Associate of Science in Special Education Studies (offered solely for the Brothers of Charity, in cooperation with CUA?s Department of Education), A.S.
  • Associate of Science in International Health Studies (offered solely for the Brothers of Charity, in cooperation with CUA?s School of Nursing), A.S.
  • Advanced Certificate in Information Technology
  • Business Management Certificate
  • Human Resources Management Certificate
  • Certificate in Special Education Studies for Paraeducators

    For more detailed information about the A.S. and certificate programs, please see the Metropolitan College Web site at:


    Students must be 21 years of age or older to be admitted into Metropolitan College. Students may be admitted into a baccalaureate degree program or may enroll in classes as special, nondegree students.

    Application to the undergraduate program includes the following:

    1. Application with nonrefundable fee.
    2. Official transcript(s) from high school(s) attended
    3. Office transcript(s) from previous college(s) attended.
    4. Statement of educational and career goals.
    5. A pre-admission interview with an academic counselor.

    The submission of College Level Examination Program, CLEP scores, Scholastic Aptitude Test, SAT, scores, and a résumé are encouraged and may be helpful when discussing educational history and objectives.

    Financial Information

    The Catholic University of America offers a reduced tuition for full-time and part-time students in Metropolitan College who are taking courses provided by Metropolitan College. The university also maintains a financial aid program for students with a demonstrated need. For information on financial aid, please contact a Metropolitan College adviser.

    Students are considered registered only after the registration form is completed and an approved financial settlement has been validated by the Office of Student Accounts. A student who fails to comply with financial obligations as specified is subject to suspension from classes. Students who have not made financial arrangements by the end of the second week after the opening of classes will be notified by the Office of Student Accounts that they have not completed registration and that they will be assessed a penalty fee.

    Students who do not honor the financial arrangements agreed upon will not be permitted to register the following semester unless payment or new arrangements are negotiated. For costs incurred due to invalid checks and collection, see Financial Regulations published by the treasurer?s office.

    A general account of university fees can be found in the General Information section of these Announcements.

    Bachelor?s Degrees


    The bachelor?s degree programs in Metropolitan College consist of a minimum of 120 credit hours. Students must maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average in order to remain in good academic standing. A minimum of 36 credits must be taken at The Catholic University of America. The programs consist of the core curriculum, the major and electives. The Metropolitan College degree programs place special emphasis on interdisciplinary learning that links theory and professional practice. The curriculum is designed to develop competencies in the following six areas:

    1. writing,
    2. critical inquiry,
    3. social responsibility,
    4. multicultural and international perspectives,
    5. computer literacy, and
    6. self-directed learning.

    The components of the programs are a core curriculum of 19 courses (57 credits), a major area of at least 12 courses (36 credits), and free electives, so that the total number of courses is at least 40 (120 credits).

    Core Curriculum ? All Programs
    (except the B.A.G.S. degree)

    Requirements Credits
    Two courses in Theology and Religious Studies 6
    MID 100 Critical Thinking 3
    Two courses in Philosophy 6
    MHU 151 Rhetoric and Composition 3
    MHU 152 Composition and Research 3
    MHU 131 Presiding, Presenting, Speaking 3
    One course in Literature 3
    Two courses in the Humanities 6
    One course in Mathematics 3
    One course in the Natural Sciences 3
    MSO 200 Human Cultural Diversity 3
    One course in International Studies 3
    Two courses in the Social or Behavioral Sciences 6
    MIS 105 Microcomputer Applications I 3
    MID 495 Senior Seminar 3
    Total 57

    Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (B.A.I.S.)

    Requirements Credits
    Core 19 courses 57
    Major[1] 12 courses?Interdisciplinary Studies 36
    Electives 9 courses 27
    Total 40 courses 120

    Bachelor of Arts in Management (B.A.Mgt.)

    Requirements Credits
    Core 19 courses 57
    Major 14 courses ? Business 42
    MBU 110 Introduction to Accounting  
    MBU 141 Macroeconomics  
    MBU 142 Microeconomics  
    MBU 201 Management and Organizational Behavior  
    MBU 205 Contemporary Marketing  
    MBU 251 Financial Analysis  
    MBU 341 Business Law  
    MBU 356 International Business  
    MBU 361 Human Resource Management  
    MBU 370 Statistics  
    MPH 250 Professional Ethics  
    MIS 107 or 110 Microcomputer Applications II or Introduction to Programming  
    MIS 240 Management Information Systems  
    MIS 324 Strategic Management Practices  
    Electives 7 courses 21
    Total 40 courses 120

    Bachelor of Arts in Information Technology (B.A.I.T.)

    Requirements Credits
    Core 19 courses 57
    Major 12 courses?Information Technology 36
    MIS 107 Microcomputer Applications II  
    MIS 110 Introduction to Programming  
    MBU 201 Management and Organizational Behavior  
    MIS 210 Fundamentals of Information Systems  
    MIS 238 Electronic Business  
    MIS 240 Management Information Systems  
    MIS 314 IT Hardware and Systems Software  
    MIS 323 Data Communications  
    MIS 325 Project Management  
    MIS 327 Systems Analysis and Design  
    MIS 431 Database Management Systems  
    MIS 457 Emerging Environments  
    Electives 9 courses 27
    Total 40 courses 120

    Bachelor of Arts in General Studies (B.A.G.S.)

    Requirements Credits
    Core 12 courses 30
    MID 100 Critical Thinking 3
    MHU 151 Rhetoric and Composition 3
    MHU 152 Composition and Research 3
    MSO 200 Human Cultural Diversity 3
    MIS 105 Micro-computer Applications I 3
      Theology and Religious Studies (2) 6
      Philosophy (2) 6
      International Studies (1) 3
    Distribution 12 courses Interdisciplinary studies: business, humanities, language and culture, mathematics, philosophy, social sciences, and religious studies, with no more than half of the credits coming from a single area. 36
    Concentration 12 courses One area: business management, education studies, general studies, management information systems, social sciences, and social work. 36
    Electives 5 courses 15
    MID 495 Senior Seminar 3
    Total   120

    Academic Regulations

    The academic regulations for students in Metropolitan College are the same as those governing other undergraduates in the university. These regulations may be found in the General Information section of these Announcements. In addition to university policies on academic standing, the faculty of Metropolitan College has determined that students matriculated in the college may be subject to academic dismissal from the university if:

  • at the end of the freshman year (31 semester hours or more) the student has a cumulative grade point average below 1.5; or
  • at the end of the sophomore year (61 semester hours or more) the student has a cumulative grade point average below 1.7; or
  • at the end of the junior year (91 semester hours or more) the student has a cumulative grade point average below 1.9.
  • Courses Offered

    Please consult the Web site for descriptions of courses offered in the current semester.


    MBU Course Title
    100 Introduction to Business
    105 Business Mathematics
    110 Accounting I
    111 Accounting II
    140 Principles of Economics
    141 Macroeconomics
    142 Microeconomics
    160 Public Relations
    200 Principles of Management
    201 Management and Organizational Behavior
    203 Leadership in the Classics
    205 Contemporary Marketing
    206 Professional Ethics in Literature
    251 Financial Analysis
    320 Introduction to Records and Information Management
    324 Strategic Management Practices
    328 Employee Compensation/Benefits
    331 Employee Benefits: Concepts and Health Care Benefits
    332 Employee Benefits: Design, Administration and Other Welfare Benefits
    334 Retirement Plans: Defined Benefits Approaches and Plan Administration
    339 Health Economics
    340 Business Ethics
    341 Business Law
    353 Government and Business
    356 International Business
    357 Managing Non-Profits
    358 Asset Management
    361 Human Resource Management
    363 Executive Compensation and Compensation Issues
    365 Key Legal Issues in Human Resource Management
    370 Statistics
    463 Managing Diversity
    465 Human Resources Development and Training
    466 Managing Performance, Supervision and Evaluation
    467 Employee and Labor Relations
    469 Organizational Development and Behavior
    490 Entrepreneurship


    MHU Course Title
    120 Introduction to Art
    131 Presiding, Presenting, and Speaking
    140 Writing Skills
    151 Rhetoric and Composition
    152 Composition and Research
    203 Leadership in the Classics
    204 Creative Writing
    206 Professional Ethics in Literature
    261 Western Literature
    320 Film and Literature
    361 American Literature
    363 African-American Literature
    368 Civil Rights in America
    370 The Jazz Age
    410 Women?s Literature
    490 Topics in the Humanities

    Interdisciplinary Studies

    MID Course Title
    100 Critical Thinking
    101 Problem Solving
    398 Independent Study/Project (1-6)
    399 Independent Study/Project (1-6)
    490 Internship
    495 Senior Seminar
    498 Independent Study/Project
    499 Independent Study/Project

    Management Information Systems

    MIS Course Title
    104 Introduction to Computers
    105 Microcomputer Applications I
    107 Microcomputer Applications II
    108 Information Systems and Personal Productivity
    110 Introduction to Programming
    201 Introduction to Health Informatics
    202 Informatics, Databases the System Lifecycle
    203 Advanced Health Informatics
    230 Local Area Networks
    210 Fundamentals of Information Systems
    235 Essentials of Web Design
    237 Intermediate Web Design Concepts
    238 Electronic-Business
    240 Management Information Systems
    314 IT Hardware and System Software
    321 Operating Systems
    323 Data Communications
    325 Project Management
    327 Systems Analysis and Design
    334 Introduction to Security and Security Awareness
    345 Java Language
    346 Intensive Java
    356 Malicious Software
    431 Database Management Systems
    460 IT Applications: Synthesis of Theory and Practice


    MPH Course Title
    200 Classical Mind
    201 Modern Philosophy
    250 Professional Ethics
    300 Persons and Value
    325 Philosophy of Science
    330 Philosophy of Human Nature
    350 Philosophy of Religion
    420 Contemporary Philosophy
    450 Ethics and Human Values
    490 Topics in Philosophy

    Theology and Religious Studies

    MRE Course Title
    100 The Old Testament
    110 The New Testament
    175 The Catholic Tradition
    240 Liturgy, Prayer and Sacrament
    275 Medieval Christian Tradition
    300 Contemporary Catholic Thought
    325 Religions of the World
    419 Makers of Hispanic Catholic History
    424 Theology, Science & Technology
    447 Theology of Marriage and the Family
    448 Emerging Voices in the U.S. Christian Community
    450 Religion and Social Mores
    455 History of the Catholic Church
    481 World Religions
    490 Topics in Religion

    Legal Assistant

    MLA Course Title
    200 Techniques of Legal Research
    201 Legal Writing
    204 Law Office Systems/Legal Ethic
    312 Torts
    325 Litigation
    340 Contract Law


    MME Course Title
    120 Business and Professional Communication
    210 Interpersonal Communication
    387 Intercultural Communication
    397 News Media and International Affairs
    446 Mass Media and Society
    490 Topics in the Mass Media

    Social/Behavioral Sciences

    MSO Course Title
    101 Introduction to Human Services
    115 School-Home Connection: Partnership Supporting Student Learning
    152 America and the World
    170 American Political Science
    180 General Psychology
    200 Human Cultural Diversity
    203 Social Problems
    220 Psychology of Stress & Coping
    270 Understanding Global Issues
    271 World Politics
    272 Comparative Politics
    275 Public Administration
    276 Public Policy
    328 Public Policy and Human Services
    358 Immigrant Experience America
    365 Introduction to Counseling
    380 Social Psychology
    381 Psychology of Aggression and Violence
    395 Conflict Resolution
    401 Management for Public Health
    461 Psychology of Group Behavior
    490 Topics in Social Science

    Education Studies

    MEDU Course Title
    101 Introduction to Special Education
    115 School Home Connections: Partnerships
    201 Field Placement in Special Education
    210 Language and Learning, Reading and Writing
    251 Foundations of Education and Effective Teaching
    261 Human Growth & Development
    271 Characteristics and Needs of Student with Severe Disabilities
    301 Special Education Curriculum and Instruction
    310 Methods for Teach Elementary Mathematics with Manipulatives
    321 Positive Classroom and Behavior Management
    331 Methods for Teaching Elementary Reading
    341 Methods for Teaching Elementary Mathematics
    351 Interdisciplinary Teaching Through Physical Education for Special Needs Learners
    361 Psychology of Education
    371 Best Practices in the Education of Students with Developmental Disabilities

    [1] Majors of Social Science and Social Work are also offered. For information, please contact a Metropolitan College adviser.