Dominican University College

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Dominican University College
Collège universitaire dominicain
Former names
Dominican College of Philosophy and Theology
Motto"Discover Wisdom"
AffiliationCarleton University
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic
Academic affiliations
ChancellorJean Doutre, O.P.
PresidentMaxime Allard O.P.
DeanDidier Caenepeel O.P. (Theology), Jean-François Méthot (Philosophy)
Academic staff
Undergraduates80 full-time + 110 part-time
Postgraduates50 full-time + 4 part-time
96 Empress Avenue
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ColorsDarker Blue      Golden Yellow      Lighter Blue     

The Dominican University College (DUC; French: Collège universitaire dominicain) is a bilingual university located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The university offers civil and pontifical bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in philosophy and theology. Founded in 1900, the university is modeled on the houses of studies of the Order of Preachers and was originally the centre of graduate studies for Canadian Dominicans.[1]

Holding a civil university charter since 1967, the university is open to any individual interested in philosophy or theology. Since 2012, Dominican has been an affiliate of Carleton University.[2]


The Saint-Jean-Baptiste church was completed in November 1972 at the corner of Primrose and Victoria Avenue (now Empress) in Ottawa.[3] The adjoining Dominican convent and house of studies opened in 1899, modeled after the medieval studium generale specializing in Philosophy and Theology. In 1900, the Dominicans brought their School of Theology to Ottawa, followed shortly thereafter by studies in Philosophy in 1902, and granted ecclesiastical degrees at the level of licentiate. The first regent of the university, from 1900-1920, was Raymond-Marie Rouleau, who would later become archbishop of Quebec and then a Cardinal.

In 1967, a civil charter was granted to the Collège dominicain de philosophie et de théologie by the Ontario Government, allowing the college to offer civil university degrees in philosophy and theology. The first Doctorate in Theology from Dominican College was granted in 1971. In 1974 Dominican College joined the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. The university opened its undergraduate and graduate programs in Philosophy to English speaking students in 1992 and 1997 respectively, and established English undergraduate and graduate programs in Theology in 2003 and 2007.

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 the foundation of the parish in 1899. The building features vaulted ceilings, stained glass by Guido Nincheri in the church and library, and a Casavant Frères organ. It has been included among other architecturally interesting and historically significant buildings in Doors Open Ottawa.[4]


The Faculty of Philosophy at DUC specializes in the history of philosophy, modern European philosophy and Aristotelian-Thomistic metaphysics. Faculty members come from both the analytic and continental traditions.

The Faculty of Theology has strengths in New Testament hermeneutics and value personalism.

View of St-Jean-Baptiste Church from the inner garden

Science et Esprit[edit]

Since 1998, DUC has been the home of the journal Science et Esprit. First established in 1948 under the name Sciences Ecclésiastiques by professors in the Faculty of the Society of Jesus in Montreal, the journal specializes in philosophy and theology, and publishes articles in both English and French.[5]

Student Association[edit]

The Association Étudiants Collège Dominicain (AECDO) elects representatives to sit on the boards for both 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.[6]


Faculty of Philosophy[edit]

Undergraduate Programs[7]

  • Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) with minor in Ethics
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with major in Philosophy and minor in Theology
  • Bachelor of Arts with concentration in Philosophy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with minor in Ethics

Graduate Programs[8]

  • Master of Arts in Philosophy
  • Doctorate in Philosophy

Faculty of Theology[edit]

Undergraduate Programs[9]

  • Bachelor in Theology
  • Bachelor of Arts with major in Theology and minor in Philosophy

Graduate Programs[10]

  • Master of Arts in Theology and Licenciate
  • Master of Theology
  • Doctorate in Theology (PhD / Canonical Degree)


Institut de pastorale des Dominicains[edit]

In 1967, DUC partnered with the Institut de pastorale des Dominicains in Montreal. The Institute was founded in 1960 by the Dominican Order during the construction of the convent of Saint Albert the Great, and offers French programs in pastoral or liturgical theology or in catechism, leading to university certificates, bachelor's and master's degrees.[11]

Carleton University[edit]

Since 2012 DUC has been affiliated with Carleton University. Students at Dominican are entered into Carleton’s student enrolment system, have access to its library and – apart from those pursuing professional, ecclesiastical studies – receive their diplomas jointly from both institutions. Carleton students can take electives at Dominican and vice versa.[12] Their affiliation agreement was renewed in 2018.[13]

Students of DUC are also permitted to take courses within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ottawa.[14]

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.[15]

Dominican University College Foundation[edit]

The Dominican University College Foundation is a public charitable organization whose sole purpose is to raise funds for DUC and the Institut de pastorale in order to help build its future and support students and faculty through bursaries and endowed research chairs.[16]

Notable people and alumni[edit]

  • Leslie Armour - former professor of philosophy, known for his work on Canadian philosophy and economics.
  • Lawrence Dewan - former professor of philosophy, known for his work in Thomistic studies.[17]
  • Lorraine Caza - alumna and former professor, the first woman in the world to hold the position of Dean of a faculty of theology of pontifical right.[18]

See also[edit]


  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. ^ "The Saint-Jean-Baptiste Parish and the Dominicans". French Life in the Capital. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  4. ^ Doors Open Ottawa retrieved 17 February 2014
  5. ^ "Science et Esprit". Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  6. ^ "AECDO". Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  7. ^ "Philosophy Undergraduate Programs". Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Philosophy Graduate Programs". Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  9. ^ "Theology Undergraduate Programs". Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Theology Graduate Programs". Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  11. ^
  12. ^ MacDonald, Moira. "Federated and affiliated colleges: different but (mainly) equal". University Affairs. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  13. ^ Affiliation agreement between Carleton University and Dominican University College, 2018-12-11 [1]
  14. ^
  15. ^ ACUFC retrieved 17 February 2014
  16. ^ "Home". Dominican University College Foundation. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  17. ^ "In Memoriam: Fr. Lawrence Dewan, O.P. (1932-2015)". Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  18. ^ "Sister Lorraine Caza". Retrieved 7 September 2019.

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Coordinates: 45°24′40.02″N 75°42′32.92″W / 45.4111167°N 75.7091444°W / 45.4111167; -75.7091444