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Common Academic Program


Innovative Curriculum

The Common Academic Program is a learning experience that is shared in common among all undergraduate students, regardless of their major. The CAP’s distinctive structure is built on the notion that, while students will have unique experiences at UD, all academic programs and learning encounters are informed by the seven institutional learning goals. Students begin with a set of courses that all undergraduate students complete and then put together a program that suits their own interests and goals as they progress throughout our developmental model.

Sharing Commonality in Our Aspirations

Evolving & Flexible

Responsive to the changing times while remaining grounded in the habits of inquiry & reflection principles and Catholic and Marianist intellectual traditions.

Integrated Approach

Builds and demonstrates connections across curricular and co-curricular aspects of student learning.

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CAP provides such flexibility to carve unique learning opportunities and a choice of courses which touch on my interests and experience in a more explicit way.

Samuel Attea, Economics & International Studies


McGrath Research Award

for Research in Catholic Intellectual Traditions in a Common Academic Program course.

The McGrath Research Award recognizes students whose research in a CAP course demonstrates rigorous, deep, and creative engagement around Catholic Intellectual Traditions. Awardees are honored with a $750 stipend and present their work at the annual Catholic Intellectual Tradition Symposium.

Application, Awardees & Research

Students and Campus Life

Considering Dayton: A Student-Authored Website Considering Local Inequalities

Molly Griffin ‘23 reflects on her learning experience in her CAP DSJ (SOC 339: Social Inequality) coursework, and shares a course-based website designed to be an accessible resource for those wanting to learn more about local social inequalities.


Common Academic Program (CAP) Office

300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1302

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