Research and teaching go hand in hand in the School of Arts and Sciences. Officially classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Doctoral University – Higher Research Activity, The Catholic University of America remains true to its founding mission as a graduate research institution, expanding knowledge through research and instruction.

Our faculty are experts in their fields, leading research projects that are looked to as models throughout the world not only because of their academic excellence but also because of their real-life applications.

  • Physicists in our Vitreous State Laboratory have revolutionized the process of stabilizing radioactive waste through glassification. Their research into new materials for replacing portland cement in concrete could become a major factor in reducing carbon dioxide output on the planet. 
  • The Suicide Prevention Lab is one of a dozen research labs within our Department of Psychology. It is world renown for developing a new approach to suicide risk assessment aimed at reducing deaths by suicide.
  • The Bacteriophage T4 Lab within the Department of Biology is on a quest to develop vaccines for some of the world’s deadliest bacteria and viruses. 
  • Researchers from the Department of Semitics and Egyptian Languages are working to preserve the history and language of Chaldean Catholics from Iraq whose culture is on the verge of extinction.
  • Our English Department was chosen to be the new home of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics and Writers, a national organization that promotes excellence in literary criticism and scholarship.

In every department, faculty are using innovative approaches to expanding knowledge and instilling love of learning in our students. Their expertise is inspiring, and their enthusiasm is contagious.