The Catholic University of America


Welcome to The First-Year Experience at the Catholic University of America!

 The First-Year Experience is the foundational liberal education core of the first-year curriculum at the Catholic University of America, bringing first-year students together in small Learning Communities for a shared, yearlong experience. Within  Learning Communities, students take a sequence of four core classes in Philosophy, Theology, and English. The FYE also goes beyond the classroom with service learning activities, class-based excursions into Washington, D.C., an annual Speaker Series, and one-on-one academic advising. 

The FYE is inspired by the Catholic intellectual tradition and guided by the principles of liberal education. The first-year curriculum prepares students not only for the challenges of citizenship and morality, but also for all subsequent academic work in the major of their choice. In FYE classes, students learn to think more rigorously, write more persuasively, and read more perceptively, while confronting the great questions that have shaped human history and that continue to challenge us today. Tools and skills acquired in these classes become the foundation for work in the major and beyond.

FYE Classes

Learn about the Philosophy, Theology, and English classes that all first-year students take as part of the FYE.

Learning Community

You will take the FYE courses with a group of 18 fellow first-year students - your Learning Community. Learn more about your Learning Community here.

Contact Us

Have a question for the FYE? Email, call, or stop by our office. You can also view frequently asked questions here.