The Catholic University of America

Metropolitan College


Sara Thompson, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Scott E. Battle, M.B.A.
Associate Dean
Graziella P. McCarron, M.A.
Assistant Dean
Susan Scully, B.A.
Director of Admissions
Toni Khianthalat, M.S.C.S.
Director of Administration/IT

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.
Charlotte Bount Lewis, M.B.A. Carmen Nanko, D.Min.
Denise Boston-Moore, Ph.D. Suzanne Nortier, Psy.D.
Johanna Cottman, M.S.W. E. Warren Perry, M.F.A., M.A.
Abby Crowley, Ph.D. Manuel Quaresma, Ph.L., J.C.L.
James Despres, M.A. Susan Richardson, M.A.
Lloyd Eby, Ph.D. Marilyn Ringenberg, Ph.D.
Eric Fontaine, J.D. Minerva San Juan, Ph.D.
Ann Gallagher, M.S. Jonathan Segal, Ph.D.
Saiid Ganjalizadeh, Ph.D. Kenneth Seidl, M.S.
Anne Gay, M.A. Donald Sepe, M.A.
Joseph Goldsmith, Ph.D. Richard Sharp, Ph.D.
Thomas Healy, J.D., M.I.M. Joseph Smolskis, M.B.A.
Joseph Hillery, Ph.D. Karen Stacy, M.A.
Myrna Jackson, M.S.W. Richard Stacy, M.S.
Ellen Kandell, J.D. Max Teleki, M.A.
Margaret Christi Karwowski, O.S.F., Ph.D. David Vargas, M.S.
Satwant Kaur, M.A., M.Ed. Laura Viehmyer, M.S.
Kimo Kippen, M.S. James Wayne, M.B.A.
James Kruggel, M.A. Cheryl Wood, Ph.D.

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 master's degrees, 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.(This degree has been discontinued and is offered only to students admitted prior to 8/1/06.)
  • Associate of Science in Special Education Studies, A.S. (This program is offered solely for the Brothers of Charity, in cooperation with CUA′s Department of Education.)
  • Associate of Science in International Health Studies, A.S. (This program is offered solely for the Brothers of Charity, in cooperation with CUA′s School of Nursing.)
  • Advanced Certificate in Information Technology
  • Business Management Certificate
  • Human Resource 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. Metropolitan College Application with $55 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. The Admissions Committee may also request candidates to submit letters of reference.

Transfer Students

Admission evaluations for transfer students are made based on a composite of work experience, professional references, a written statement of purpose, and performance in previous post-secondary academics that indicates commitment and the ability to do quality college-level work. A program plan will be created after an evaluation of coursework from other postsecondary, regionally-accredited institutions has been completed. Course syllabi and/or course descriptions may be requested. Students applying for transfer from other schools within the university will be considered according to the above guidelines.

Additional information regarding the transfer of credit to CUA′s Metropolitan College may be found in the transfer credit policy:

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 the Office of Financial Aid at (202) 319-5307. Scholarships are also available for qualified students; for additional information on scholarships, please contact the Metropolitan College office at (202) 319-5256.

Students are not considered officially enrolled in the university until they have both completed registration and satisfied their financial obligation to the university. Billing statements are issued online through the CardinalPAY e-commerce system. For more information on CardinalPAY, please visit Satisfactory payment includes paying the total charges, being current with payments on the tuition payment plan, or completing all financial aid forms and waiting for accepted financial aid to be credited. Incomplete financial aid awards are considered to be late payments. Additional charges will be assessed to the student's account for checks returned by the bank for insufficient funds or stop payments. All charges due to the university must be paid in full by the payment due date published each semester. For more information on payment due dates, please visit 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.

A general account of university tuition, fees, and other expenses can be found at The Catholic University of America′s Office of the Registrar′s Web site:

Bachelor′s Degrees

The Metropolitan College bachelor's 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. oral and written communication,

2. critical thinking and reasoned analysis,

3. social responsibility,

4. multicultural and international perspectives,

5. technological competency, and

6. self-directed learning.

The bachelor′s degree programs consist of 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). A minimum of 36 credits must be taken at The Catholic University of America.

Core and Major Requirements

A minimum grade of "C" is required for all major courses. A minimum grade of "C" is required for the following core courses: MHU 151 Rhetoric and Composition, MHU 152 Composition and Research, MHU 131 Presiding, Presenting, and Speaking, MIS 105 Microcomputer Applications I, and MID 495 Senior Seminar.

Students earning less than a "C" in any one of the core courses identified above or any major course must repeat the course. Any course taken to fulfill requirements for the core and/or major may only be repeated once. When a course with a grade of D or F is repeated, the following rules shall apply:

  1. The course must be identical in listing and cannot be taken at another institution;
  2. The second time the course cannot be taken for pass/fail;
  3. Both courses and grades will be recorded in the student′s file and transcript;
  4. For calculation of the grade point average and for fulfillment of curriculum; requirements, the credit and the grade of the repeated course will apply and the credit and grade of the original course will no longer count.

Transfer of Credit Post-Matriculation

With approval from the dean of Metropolitan matriculated students may take courses at other regionally-accredited institutions of higher learning on a limited basis. However, students may transfer in no more than a total of 84 credits - this includes all transfer credits pre- and post-matriculation. Students must also complete at least 12 credits at CUA within 12 months of the end of their final semester.

Students planning to take courses at another regionally-accredited institution (during any academic semester or summer session) must obtain approval from the dean of Metropolitan College before the end of the semester prior to the semester in which they plan to take the transfer course(s). Approval is granted on a case-by-case basis depending on the student′s need for the course(s), degree requirements, etc. Without prior approval, transfer of credit is not guaranteed. Students hoping to take courses at another institution should also contact the CUA Office of Financial Aid (202-319-5307) to determine how/if funding will be impacted.

Pre-approved transfer credit will be awarded in accordance with the Metropolitan transfer credit policy available at:

Probation and Dismissal Policies

Any student who falls below a 2.0 cumulative grade point average is on academic probation for the following regular semester (i.e., a student whose cumulative GPA is below 2.0 at the end of the spring semester is on probation through the end of the following fall semester, even if the student takes summer courses to raise his/her cumulative GPA. Also a student whose cumulative GPA is below 2.0 at the end of the fall semester is on probation through the end of the following spring semester.). A student placed on academic probation by the academic dean may be required to take a reduced course load during the time of probation.

The following are grounds for academic dismissal from Metropolitan College:

  • Failure to earn a 2.0 cumulative grade point average after two semesters on academic probation.
  • Failure (i.e., earning an "F") in three courses in any given semester.
  • At the end of any academic year, a cumulative grade point average (for all semesters undertaken) below 1.5.
  • Requirements for Graduation

    The bachelor′ degree programs in Metropolitan College consist of a minimum of 120 credit hours. Students must maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average in order to remain in good academic standing for graduation.

    There are numerous academic policies that apply to students enrolled in Metropolitan College. These policies may be found in various Catholic University and Metropolitan College documents, including these Announcements and the university web-based policies page Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with these policies and will find the information very helpful in understanding academic regulations, responsibilities, and expectations. Students are also encouraged to contact their Metropolitan College academic advisers at (202) 319-5256 for additional information.

    Student Support

    Once admitted to Metropolitan College, each student is assigned an academic adviser. Generally, students remain with their assigned adviser for the duration of their degree program. However, given sufficient rationale, the student may be reassigned to another adviser at the discretion of the assistant dean.

    All students are encouraged to meet with their advisers at least once a semester for pre-registration for the next semesterâ??s classes. However, students may see their adviser at any time during the academic year regarding their academic program and status. Students are responsible for knowing and understanding the requirements of their specific degree programs and for keeping track of their progress in working toward their degrees.

    Student Services

    Metropolitan College strives to deliver an unparalleled level of service to adult students. In addition to the opportunities for involvement and support presented by the university, Metropolitan College also delivers a wide range of services to include personal, professional, and academic development seminars; an adult-learner-focused new student orientation, which is also delivered in an online format; student organizations; an online student development resource center; a weekly e-newsletter disseminated to the entire Metropolitan College student community; and a host of other student development programs. Students wishing to learn more about student services are welcome to visit

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

    At the heart of our degree programs is a robust core curriculum designed to provide a strong "liberal arts" education. The liberal education core affords students a particularly broad and engaging educational experience. Metropolitan College offers the following core curriculum:

    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, and 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.)

    Of the three bachelor's degree programs offered by Metropolitan College, the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (B.A.I.S.) is the ideal choice for those wishing to gain exposure to a broad range of subject areas, to customize a degree program of particular interest, or to major in either Interdisciplinary Studies, Social Science, or Social Work. The program is distinguished by its particularly strong foundation in liberal education and a curricular flexibility. Following are the requirements for the B.A.I.S. with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies. For information regarding majors in Social Science or Social Work, please contact a Metropolitan College adviser at (202) 319-5256.

    Requirements Credits
    Core 19 courses 57
    Major 12 courses-Interdisciplinary Studies 36
    Electives 9 courses 27
    Total 40 courses 120

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

    Of the three bachelor's degree programs offered by MetropolitanCollege, the Bachelor of Arts in Management (B.A.Mgt.) is the ideal choice for those wishing to pursue a career in business or management. The program offers a strong liberal arts foundation, along with in-depth exposure to both the principles and practices of management and the various functional areas of business enterprises.

    Requirements Credits
    Core 19 courses 57
    Major 14 courses - Business 42
    MBU 110 Accounting I
    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.)

    Metropolitan College's Bachelor of Arts in Information Technology (B.A.I.T.) degree program provides an ideal education to those interested in developing a career in information technology. The program offers a strong liberal arts foundation, along with in-depth exposure to a wide range of information technology (IT) concepts, practices, and technologies.

    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.)

    This degree has been discontinued and is offered only to students admitted prior to 8/1/06.

    Requirements Credits
    Core 11 courses 33
    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 Microcomputer Applications I 3
    Theology and Religious Studies (2) 6
    Philosophy (2) 6
    MID 495
    International Studies (1)
    Senior Seminar


    12 courses in 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.



    12 courses in one area: business management, education studies, general studies, management information systems, social sciences, and social work.

    Electives 5 courses 15
    Total 120

    Courses Offered

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


    MBU Course Title
    110 Accounting I
    141 Macroeconomics
    142 Microeconomics
    201 Management and Organizational Behavior
    205 Contemporary Marketing
    251 Financial Analysis
    324 Strategic Management Practices
    328 Employee Compensation and Benefits
    330 Retirement Plans: Basic Features and Defined Contribution Approaches
    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
    341 Business Law
    353 Government and Business
    356 International Business
    361 Human Resource Management
    365 Key Legal Issues in Human Resource Management
    370 Statistics
    465 Human Resources Development and Training
    467 Employee and Labor Relations
    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
    211 Cultural Diversity in American Literature
    261 Western Literature
    320 Film and Literature
    361 American Literature I
    362 American Literature II
    363 African-American Literature
    370 The Jazz Age
    371 International Cultures in American Literature
    410 Women′s Literature
    490 Topics in the Humanities

    Interdisciplinary Studies

    MID Course Title
    50 Synthesis, Application, and Integration of Learning (SAIL)
    100 Critical Thinking
    150 College Mathematics
    210 Introduction to the Biological Sciences
    213 Earth Science
    214 Mythology
    215 Topics in Modern Science
    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
    110 Introduction to Programming
    210 Fundamentals of Information Systems
    238 Electronic Business
    240 Management Information Systems
    314 IT Hardware and System Software
    323 Data Communications
    325 Project Management
    327 Systems Analysis and Design
    431 Database Management Systems
    457 Emerging Environments
    460 IT Applications: Synthesis of Theory and Practice


    MPH Course Title
    200 The 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
    300 Contemporary Catholic Thought
    325 Religions of the World
    424 Theology, Science, and 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


    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
    152 America and the World
    170 American Political Science
    180 General Psychology
    200 Human Cultural Diversity
    203 Social Problems
    220 Psychology of Stress and Coping
    250 Abnormal Psychology
    270 Understanding Global Issues
    271 World Politics
    272 Comparative Politics
    275 Public Administration
    276 Public Policy
    328 Public Policy and Human Services
    340 Human Services Administration
    345 Legal Issues in Human Services
    358 Immigrant Experience in America
    365 Introduction to Counseling
    380 Social Psychology
    395 Conflict Resolution
    398 International Conflict Resolution
    401 Management for Public Health
    450 Case Management
    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 Education
    210 Language and Learning, Reading and Writing
    251 Foundations of Education and Effective Teaching
    261 Human Growth and Development
    271 Characteristics and Needs of Students with Severe Disabilities
    301A 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