The Catholic University of America

Message from the Dean

We who are dedicated to teaching and learning here in the School of Arts and Sciences at The Catholic University of America share some simple convictions.

We believe that despite the increasing complexities of a globalizing world, a traditional, structured core of humanities, arts, social sciences and natural sciences still provides the best educational launching pad for our undergraduates. We maintain that our Catholic mission and identity enable us to marry reason and faith in a way that enriches every discipline. We are convinced that the best teachers are the best researchers, and we seek to attract and retain the best faculty dedicated to primary research as well as graduate and undergraduate teaching. We know from experience that our location in the nation’s capital allows us to offer students a stunning array of cultural experiences, work and internship opportunities, and quality of life.

By far the biggest school at CUA, arts and sciences currently enrolls more than 1,600 undergraduates and approximately 600 graduate students. The school encompasses 17 departments and several more non-departmental programs, with a regular faculty of approximately 160. We currently list almost 50 undergraduate majors and more than 50 graduate degree programs.

The arts and sciences are at the heart of The Catholic University of America’s educational mission. But we must always be looking for ways to improve what we do.  My current priorities for the school include: affinity groups for Arts and Sciences alumni in the U.S. and abroad, providing networking, career opportunities for our students, and financial support for academic programs; new programs (especially at the graduate level) that aim to position us within the Washington area workforce; and building long-term financial support via endowments in critically important areas. It’s a great time to be in the arts and sciences! I hope you will enjoy exploring our website.

- L. R. Poos

Lawrence R. Poos became dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at The Catholic University of America in August 2002.  Dean Poos earned an A.B. in history (summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in history from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.  He taught for several years as a Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge , and briefly at the University of East Anglia (also in the U.K.), before coming to The Catholic University of America's Department of History in 1983.  Subsequently, Dean Poos served as chair of CUA's Department of History from 1995 to 2001.

Dean Poos’s research as a historian has focused upon society, demography, and law in England from 1300 to 1600. He has published more than 30 articles and papers, and written or co-written four books: Time Sanctified: The Book of Hours in Medieval Art and Life (New York: George Braziller, 1988); A Rural Society after the Black Death: Essex 1350–1525 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991; 2nd edition, 2003); Select Cases in Manorial Courts, 1250–1550: Property and Family Law, 114 Selden Society (London, 1998); and Lower Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction in Late-Medieval England: The Courts of the Dean and Chapter of Lincoln, 1336–1349, and the Deanery of Wisbech, 1458–1484 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001). He is currently working on another book, tentatively titled Love, Hate, and  the Law in Tudor England: The Three Wives of Ralph Rishton.