Catholic University’s School of Philosophy studies authors from the major periods in the history of philosophy, with a strong emphasis on modern German thought. Specialists in continental philosophy include Robert Sokolowski, Richard Velkley, John C. McCarthy, and Ricardo Pozzo. Courses are regularly given on Husserl, Heidegger, and French phenomenologists, whose work is related to classical philosophy, whether ancient, mideval, or modern, and to political philosophy, another major interest of the School. Dissertations have been or are being written on Husserl, Heidegger, Marcel, Edith Stein, Ricoeur, and Gadamer. In the past seven years an average of six dissertations were completed annually.