An encounter with the wealth of the Catholic intellectual tradition is at the heart of a Catholic education, and the discipline of philosophy has an integral role to play in that tradition. Although the nation’s only Catholic school of philosophy represents a wide range of philosophical interests, they all connect back to and feed the university’s distinctive educational mission. The Christian faith bolsters our confidence that reality is intelligible, and that the search for a greater understanding of reality contributes immeasurably to the human good.

Our students learn from our faculty to favor reasoned reflection over shouting matches, civil discourse over righteous indignation, understanding over a zeal to condemn, appeals to evidence over ideological self-justification. By refusing to paper over principled disagreements or intractable difficulties, we help students appreciate the world in all its rich intelligibility. The habits of mind and heart that we inculcate are worth acquiring no matter what a student’s major, or later path in life, which is why every undergraduate at Catholic University does coursework in philosophy with us.

The School of Philosophy has also been entrusted, in a particular way, with the education of those preparing for roles of service and leadership in Catholic communities. Over the past decade, increasing numbers of priests, seminarians, and religious have come to study with us, both the undergraduates and at the graduate level, and we see this as both a testament to the strength of our programs and a promising sign for the future.

Campaign Priorities

Supported by a solid financial foundation built by generous Campaign gifts, the School of Philosophy will proudly carry on its more than century-long tradition of scholarly and teaching excellence, preparing students to engage with persons of all faiths, and persons of no faith, in addressing the crucial questions of our age. The priorities the School will pursue within Light the Way: The Campaign for Catholic University, are as follows:

New Graduate Scholarships

Enhanced funding opportunities for prospective graduate students will enable the School to meet increasing national competition for the most talented.


New Endowed Faculty Chairs

Two new endowed chairs will build upon the School’s international reputation, thanks to a faculty who are committed to our mission, devoted to teaching, and engaged in outstanding scholarly research and publication.


New Endowed Fund for Lectures, Symposia, and Faculty Research Initiatives

High-level exchanges are invaluable help to test ideas and foster new insights. An endowed fund for that purpose, the School would secure the future of our long-running fall lecture series, and would also allow us to organize special symposia, support faculty participation at academic conferences and congresses elsewhere, and underwrite special research initiatives.