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The Dominican University College (DUC; French: Collège universitaire dominicain) is a bilingual Roman Catholic university in Ottawa, Ontario, offering civil and pontifical bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in philosophy and theology. It was founded in Ottawa, in 1900, modelled on the study centres of the Order of Preachers, as the centre of graduate studies for Canadian Dominicans.[1]

Dominican University College
Collège universitaire dominicain
Former names
Dominican College of Philosophy and Theology
Motto"Discover Wisdom"
AffiliationCarleton University
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic
ChancellorAndré Descôteaux O.P.
PresidentMaxime Allard O.P.
DeanDidier Caenepeel O.P. (Theology), Eduardo Andujar (Philosophy)
Academic staff
Undergraduates80 full-time + 110 part-time
Postgraduates50 full-time + 4 part-time
96 Empress Avenue
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ColoursDark Blue      Golden      Light Blue     
AffiliationsAUCC, IAU, AUFC

Holding a civil university charter since 1967, the college is open to any person interested in philosophy and theology. In Ottawa, its Faculty of Philosophy and Faculty of Theology offer the full range of programs, from certificate to doctorate. The Institut de pastorale des Dominicains, located in Montreal, offers its degrees in pastoral studies. In 2012, the college became affiliated with Carleton University.[2]



In 1260, forty-five years after the foundation of the Dominican Order by Dominique de Guzman, the studium generale was established, a model for a university specialised in philosophy and theology that will last centuries.

The building opened in 1899 as a Dominican convent and house of studies. Today the building houses the Dominican Monastery and the Dominican University College, which offers undergraduate and graduate studies in philosophy and theology. The Saint-Jean-Baptiste Priory has served St-Jean-Baptiste Parish since its foundation in 1899. The building, which features arched ceilings, stained glass in the church and library, and a Casavant Frères organ was included amongst other architecturally interesting and historically significant buildings in Doors Open Ottawa, held June 2 and 3, 2012.[3]

In 1900, the Dominicans brought their school of theology to Ottawa, followed shortly by studies in philosophy in 1902. In 1967, a civil charter was granted by the Ontario Government, allowing the college to offer civil degrees in philosophy and theology.

Since then, the college has grown regularly, especially with the opening of English undergraduate programmes in philosophy in 1992 and in theology in 2003. The college offers English graduate degrees in philosophy since 1997, and will soon offer the same in theology.


The faculty of Philosophy at DUC have diverse research and wide-ranging research interests in the history of philosophy, metaphysics and modern philosophy.[4]

The DUC, with its traditional origins in the House of Studies of the Friar Preachers of St. Dominic, is particularly well situated and established to promote advanced research studies in the history of philosophy. The medieval tradition, with its overarching synthesis in the philosophy and theology of St. Thomas Aquinas, requires a solid grounding in the ancient philosophies of Plato, Aristotle and the Neo-Platonists. The Department encourages and often conducts research in the original languages of the ancient authors. Faculty members are continually engaged in scholarly studies which demonstrate the relevance of ancient philosophy to understanding the modern world.

Equally, the classical traditions of early modern rationalism and empiricism provide important precedents for the understanding of modernity. Faculty members have engaged in the study of Descartes, Spinoza and Leibniz. The other great precedent for modernity is German Idealism, wherein the philosophies of Kant and Hegel provided the foundation for modern inquiries into epistemology, ethics, aesthetics, politics and jurisprudence. The college not only encourages the specialized study of individual philosophers in these traditions, but also promotes the articulation of significant connections between various philosophers and schools of thought. Speculative inquiry into the meaning of the philosophical tradition as a whole is a mode of reflection widely promoted by faculty members.

Student AssociationEdit

The Students’ Association (AECDO) elects its representatives who sit on the boards of the Faculty of Philosophy and of the Faculty of Theology. It organizes and directs various activities (extracurricular, social justice committee, social gathering) pertaining to student life.


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Between them, the Faculty of Philosophy and Theology have about 80 full-time students each, for a total student body size of about 160.

Faculty of PhilosophyEdit

The Dominican University College offers a general education in philosophy, through the study of the principal schools of thought as well as major philosophical themes. Although the college is a Catholic institution, it is open to all schools of thought. Studies range from the Greek philosophers to Saint Augustine and Saint Thomas Aquinas, René Descartes and Immanuel Kant, and other modern and post-modern philosophers.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with Concentration in Ethics
  • Bachelor of Arts with Concentration in Philosophy
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Philosophy
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Philosophy and Minor in Ethics
  • Master of Arts in Philosophy
  • Doctor in Philosophy
  • Certificate in Philosophy
  • Certificate in Applied Ethics (Philosophy)

Faculty of TheologyEdit

The undergraduate program in theological studies provides an overall view of the Christian Mystery. The three-year Bachelors program has three major themes: God and the human being; Jesus Christ and the being-in-Christ; the Church and the Christian response.

  • Bachelor of Theology: civil and canonical degrees
  • Masters of Arts in Theology
  • Doctor in Theology
  • Certificate in Theological Studies
  • Certificate in Theology, Ethics and Health
  • Continuing Education

Institut de pastorale des DominicainsEdit

Saint Dominic

L'Institut de pastorale des Dominicains in Montreal offers, in French, programs in pastoral or liturgical theology or in catechism, leading to university certificates, bachelor's and master's degrees.[5] The Institute was founded in 1960 by the Dominican Order during the construction of the convent of Saint Albert the Great. In 1967, the Institute partnered with Dominican College.


Since 2012 the university has been affiliated to Carleton University, Ottawa. Their affiliation agreement was renewed in 2018.[6] Students of DUC are also permitted to take courses within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ottawa.[7] DUC is a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and of L'Association des collèges et universités de la francophonie canadienne, a network of academic institutions of the Canadian Francophonie.[8]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Dominican University College". Archived from the original on 2014-04-30.
  2. ^ "Dominican University College". Archived from the original on 2014-04-30.
  3. ^ Doors Open Ottawa retrieved 17 February 2014
  4. ^ "Dominican University College". Archived from the original on 2014-04-30.
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  6. ^ Affiliation agreement between Carleton University and Dominican University College, 2018-12-11[1]
  7. ^
  8. ^ ACUFC retrieved 17 February 2014

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