Our program is a cohort of 25 students that take the same course sequence all four years. In the first year all students will complete an in-depth M-Core assessment, which will reveal their motivations and aptitudes. Students will apply course knowledge in the internships and reflect on it revealing community and their place in it as they develop personally, professionally, and spiritually.
Catholic, Not Only in Name
Our program is driven by belief that business is a force for good and the program will seek the flourishing of Tucson. Our students are part of The Catholic University of America, the only pontifical Catholic University in the United States. The program will offer a variety of opportunities for spiritual growth including self reflection, mentorship, coursework, Mass, and prayer services.
Below are just some of the ways that we’re working to integrate experiential learning and faith into the Tucson program. Episodic experiences like small projects known as “gigs,” in-class projects with peers for real businesses, highly integrated “guided internships”, and cohort community that offer students direct experience with local employers and mentors to reflect on twenty first century skills and virtues, which in turn will help shape faith lives.
‘Gig’ Work Paid, clearly defined, episodic projects for an individual student driven by a deadline.
Course Projects Group or class-based projects offered inside of coursework to locally apply learning in service of an employer partner in the community.
Guided Internships Embedded experiences inside a local employer for semester-, summer, or year-long working while students are enrolled earning credit and mentorship.
Twenty First Century Skills and Virtues Embedded
Throughout the program students will together study the key features of the twenty first century economy, and the corresponding virtues needed to succeed in it. Students will intentionally develop these skills, while earning a credential that is relevant to employers and the workforce.
What Students Are Saying
Students in the Tucson Program of The Catholic University of America talk about the program's strong foundation in business and ethics, the real-life experience the program offers, and its solid grounding in Catholic teaching.