Professor lecturing to students under the cherry blossom trees on campus

Picture yourself having a great conversation with a group of friends about an amazing book you just read, then going out together for dinner to plan your next adventure into downtown Washington, D.C. Welcome to your Catholic University learning community.

As part of your First-Year Experience, you will take a four-course sequence of liberal arts classes with a group of about 18 fellow students, a team of teachers and librarians, and a dedicated academic advisor. Each semester, you and your learning community will expand your learning beyond the classroom by going on group excursions, having dinner with your classmates and teachers, and participating in service learning projects. Your learning community also will provide support for the transition from high school to college, with librarians to help you navigate your first research assignments and an academic advisor who will work with you to create a successful first year.

You will get to know the people in your learning community well. Discussing great ideas and sharing memorable experiences builds friendships as well as academic skills

No matter what major you have chosen or plan to choose, the philosophy, theology, and English courses you will take with your learning community will help you to develop a flexible set of intellectual tools that apply to all academic disciplines and professional fields, from art history to mechanical engineering. You will learn how to ask questions, how to think critically, and how to present your arguments effectively in writing. Simply put, these courses are about learning how to learn.

The First-Year Experience is inspired by the Catholic intellectual tradition and guided by the principles of liberal education. The curriculum reflects the conviction that there is no conflict between faith and the pursuit of truth through reason, and that the harmony of all knowledge comes from the harmony that exists in creation itself. Understanding this, The Catholic Mind is equipped to confront the great questions that have shaped human history and that continue to challenge us today.