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COVID-19 CDU Community Update

Be assured that Catholic Distance University remains fully operational, and there will be no disruption to educational services or contact with our staff or faculty. Until further notice, staff will work remotely. We encourage you to communicate with us by email to ensure a prompt response. Staff will continue to receive phone calls and voicemail, but mail will be checked only occasionally. We pray that you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy during this unprecedented time. University officials will continue to post any updates here.

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Registration for the Summer term is underway! Summer classes begin May 23rd. View courses here.


May 12, 2022

Compelling Online Seminar Proves the Existence of God

Join us from June 13th through July 4th for an online seminar: Proclaiming the Reality of God: Compelling Evidence of God's Existence. The cost to enroll is just $89! Have you ever needed to answer the question, “Does God exist?” Given our increasingly secular society and the atheistic worldview often promoted by the mainstream media and academic/scientific establishment, the need to equip Catholics to credibly, convincingly, and compellingly explain and share why we believe in God has never been greater. Taught by Professor  Steven Hemler, President of the Catholic Apologetics Institute of North America, this online apologetics seminar presents compelling scientific evidence, philosophical reasons, and insights drawn from human nature demonstrating God’s existence. This seminar will help us better perform the spiritual works of mercy to “counsel the doubtful” and “educate the uninformed. Enroll today!
March 22, 2022

Study Philosophy This Summer with Dr. Shaw

What does it mean to live a moral life? How is the wisdom of Aristotle and Aquinas still relevant today? Learn the answer to these questions and many more by taking PHIL 311 Ethics, offered in the summer 2022 term. This engaging course is taught by popular professor Dr. Elizabeth Shaw. Students in the BA in Theology degree completion program can take PHIL 311 to fulfill three of the 12 required general education credits in Philosophy. PHIL 311 explores moral philosophy and concepts of the good as applied to human action. Students will read the primary texts of philosophical masters and study modern challenges to the perennial tradition of realist ethics, including utilitarianism and moral relativism. Dr. Elizabeth Shaw earned her PhD in Philosophy from The Catholic University of America, with a specialty in American Philosophy. She serves as CDU’s associate dean for accreditation and is associate editor of the quarterly journal The Review of Metaphysics, which is published by the non-profit organization the Philosophy Education Society, Inc. This summer she is also serving, by invitation, as faculty at the Dietrich von Hildebrand Project's annual seminar at Franciscan University of Steubenville, which is now in its 12th year.
March 1, 2022

Church Ministry Grant to Aid Those Who Serve

You asked, and we listened. Recognizing that many students serve the Church through volunteer or paid ministry work, a new Church Ministry Grant will be offered for the remainder of the academic year to help offset the cost of tuition, and it is available to students who have been accepted into an academic program and are  taking classes in the Winter II or Summer term. Undergraduates who qualify will receive a grant of up to $20 per credit hour, and graduate students will receive up to $30 per credit hour. Visit the Paying for Education website page for full details and to access the application.  
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