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Themed Communities 

Thank you for your interest in our Themed Communities at Catholic University. Residence Life has developed several unique learning environments in the residence halls that are focused on a particular area of interest and are designed to supplement and enhance students' collegiate experience. Themed community events and activities engage students in academic and social experiences and allow greater opportunity for students to build connections with CUA faculty, staff, and students who share a common interest. We invite you to consider becoming a part of one of these communities during your time as a resident at CUA.  

Information about 2014-2015 themed communities can be found on this page.

 

Creative Arts

Honors Residential Community

Politics

Global Village

First-year and sophomore students

First-year and sophomore students

First-year and sophomore students

First-year and sophomore students

 

      

 

Participating in a themed community has several benefits. According to national research, students who are active members of a community have:

  • enhanced academic and social opportunities,

  • improved connections to faculty and staff,

  • greater involvement in learning,

  • increased satisfaction with their collegiate experience, and

  • increased persistence to graduation.

Students who participate in TCs at Catholic University have an opportunity to share some valuable experiences with their peers. Highlights of these opportunities include:

  • engagement in regular student-led discussions,

  • increased faculty and staff interactions,

  • community service and focused reflection, and

  • campus and D.C. experiences to explore personal interests.

How Can I Express Interest in Living in a Themed Community for 2014-2015?

The process of expressing interest for living in a themed community differs for new and returning students. New students are students that do not currently attend CUA and are seeking admission for the Fall 2014 semester. Returning students are students that were previously admitted to the university and have been enrolled in classes.

Returning Students

Submitting themed community interest has been incorporated into the online Room Selection Intent Form. This should permit students to express interest in TCs in an easier fashion. As a result of this change, a unique application for TCs does not exist. 

Students will be assigned to TCs based on the date the room selection intent form is received. The University Honors Program approves students for the Honors Residential Community based on standing in the University Honors Program.

Your membership in a themed community requires active participation from you. This participation may include involvement in group discussions, events on and off campus, community service activities, and community governance conversations. 

New Students

You will have an opportunity to express your interest on the housing application. Students will be assigned to TCs based on the date the housing application is received. The University Honors Program approves students for the Honors Residential Community based on acceptance to the University Honors Program.

Your membership in a themed community requires active participation from you. This participation may include involvement in group discussions, events on and off campus, community service activities, and community governance conversations. 

Faculty-in-Residence 

CUA's Faculty-in-Residence Program for 2014-2015 currently serves four of our themed communities. A live-in faculty supports the Honors Residential Community, the Global Village Community, and our Upper-Class Politics and Creative Arts Communities.

These faculty members play a valuable role in facilitating events and learning opportunities in their respective communities in conjunction with the residential staff. They also interact regularly with students on both formal and informal basis.

The faculty-in-residence for the 2014-2015 academic year are:

  • Dr. Herbert Hartmann, McDonald House (Honors Residential Community)
  • Dr. David Lantigua, Opus Hall (Upper-Class Politics and Creative Arts Communities)
  • Dr. Amanda Sheffler, Reardon House (Global Village Community)