Below is a list of the most commonly asked questions from parents of prospective students. For any other questions please do not hesitate to contact the Busch School of Business and Economics at 202-319-5236 or Tayler Falvey, Student Experience Manager, at falvey@cua.edu

 

Can you tell me more about the history of the Busch School of Business and Economics? 

Since the 1960's, The Catholic University of America has taught business courses that incorporate Catholic social doctrine. However, the University's business program only recently became a school in 2013, and has been growing at a rapid pace ever since, tripling in size in the past five years. Since becoming its own school, the Busch School of Business and Economics School received a $47.7 million dollar donation. The school has been renamed the Tim and Steph Busch School of Business and Economics in recognition of this generous donation. This financial gift will support the renovation of our new home, which is anticipated to be completed by 2018. 

How is Catholic social doctrine woven into the Busch School of Business and Economics curriculum?

Catholic social doctrine is incorporated in every aspect of the school, both inside and outside of the classroom. From a first-year student’s very first business class, entitled, “The Vocation of Business,” students are introduced to the idea that business is not only a job, but a calling. By promoting better business practices, including human dignity, solidarity, subsidiarity, and the common good, The Busch School of Business and Economics teaches its students how to create value for society and its members.

Tell me more about the Busch School of Business and Economics faculty experience.

Many of our faculty members bring their real-world experience outside of academia into the classroom. For example, Sales and Marketing Professor Mark Weber most recently served as the senior vice president of NetApp. Entrepreneurship Professor Andreas Widmer, who first served as Swiss Guard for Pope John Paul II, then co-founded the SEVEN fund, which works towards finding solutions to poverty. These professional experiences provide students with unique perspectives when they are applied in the classroom, and demonstrate Catholic social doctrine is at work in the world of business.

What is the job placement like for the Busch School of Business and Economics

graduates?

Six months after graduation, over 90 percent of Busch School graduates are successfully placed in jobs. With help from the school's career services and career coaches, students receive assistance in perfecting their resumes and preparing for interviews.

What is the internship process like for the Busch School of Business and Economics students?

Current students receive weekly notices from the school's career services about internship offerings, particularly in the D.C. metro area. Students can apply for many opportunities online, and can intern for credit during the semester or during the summer. Many students intern on Capitol Hill or in downtown D.C., and have easy access to the city by way of the Metro, located right off of the University's campus.

What type of advising resources are available to the Busch School of Business and Economics students?

While The Busch School  of Business and Economic's has its own office of career services that provides resume help, career guidance, and interview practice for students in search of jobs or internships, students also receive guidance throughout their time as a student. Students also have access to the school's advising center, to ensure they are selecting classes that will contribute to their major. Students are also assigned a faculty mentor, who can recommend specific courses students should take based on their interests. In addition, another student resource includes the Major Mentor Program, in which first-year students are paired with upperclassmen mentors, for student-to-student advice on how to navigate the first year of college.  

Tell me about the accreditation process with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business for the Busch School of Business and Economics.

We are a member in the process and it will be completed in the next few years. Please visit the Catholic University facts page About Catholic University for more information.

My high schooler is just starting the college search, and might be interested in Catholic University. How can he/she get involved in the Busch School of Business and Economics?

The Summer Business Institute at the Catholic University of America is the perfect opportunity for high school students to experience a week in the life of a student in the Busch School of Business and Economics. Students participate in CEO lectures, student workshops, and a team project for an academic experience unlike any other. Student participants also have the opportunity to explore the city with several activities throughout Washington, D.C.