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In this 8-week free online course, you'll discover how Catholic Social Doctrine can be applied to your personal and professional daily life. Brought to you by The Catholic University of America and the Vatican Foundation, Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice (CAPP), in commemoration of the 125th anniversary of Pope Leo XIII's encyclical Rerum Novarum. Catholic Social Doctrine for Professionals will be offered four times a year: January, May, September, and later in the Fall.

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About the Course
This free online course is divided into eight modules, each taking one week to complete, starting on Monday with the discussion questions due by the end of the week. This is an asynchronous program, therefore the professor will respond to the discussion questions at his/her convenience.

The CSD Certificate Course features the following Catholic University professors:

Joseph Capizzi, Professor of Moral Theology/Ethics and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies

George Garvey, Professor Emeritus, Columbus School of Law

Andreas Widmer, Director of The Ciocca Center for Entrepreneurship

Brian Engelland, Edward J. Pryzbyla Chair of Business and Ordinary Professor of Marketing

John Grabowski, Associate Professor of Moral Theology/Ethics

Luanne Zurlo, Assistant Professor of Finance

Course Structure

  • This online course can be completed at your own pace. No activities require a live interaction with others. 
  • Each module has, on average, 20 minutes of video-narrated slides, between 30-40 pages of reading, brought together by thought-provoking discussions and personal questions related to the content.
  • A short essay is submitted at the end of each module.
  • An estimate 2-3 hours/week is required to complete the course work. (16-24 hours total)


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