The Catholic University of America

History in Washington, DC

Students are the highest priority at this small, research-oriented school located in a world capital. They participate in challenging academic programs and receive individual attention from the dedicated family that is our campus community. Extensive internship opportunities and study-abroad programs provide career preparation and round out the college experience.

Strategically located in the nation's capital, CUA's 142-acre campus provides an impressive combination of collegiate and city life. Student life is culturally dynamic in a city famous for museums, monuments, and landmarks such as Capitol Hill, the Smithsonian Institution, Library of Congress, the National Zoo and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

As a history student in Washington, you'll have many opportunities to be an intern in Congress, a government or international agency or association, law firm, or museum. The History Department has developed a network of contacts with a variety of such institutions, and we place our own students in a number of such positions every semester. The Library of Congress and the various research libraries and archives around the city are valuable resources, of which our history majors can and do take full advantage. The Capitol, Supreme Court, White House and other attractions are minutes away by Metrorail, a modern mass transit system that stops adjacent to campus. Also adjoining the campus is The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the largest Catholic church in the Western hemisphere and the world's eight largest church.

CUA students enjoy the best of both worlds -- a beautiful campus in a vibrant city.


Libraries and Resources

The Library of Congress

CUA Rare Books and Special Collections

CUA Oliveira Lima Library

CUA American Catholic History Research Center

The Folger Shakespeare Library

Dumbarton Oaks

Washington Research Library Consortium

CUA Early Christian Studies

German Historical Institute

Goethe Institut

Alliance Française

Kiplinger Historical Library

Department of Agriculture Language Courses

National History Center

American Historical Association 


Smithsonian Institution

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

National Gallery of Art

National Building Museum

National Women's History Museum