The Catholic University of America

How do Learning Communities work?

Why are these classes required?

I took AP English in high school. Do I still need to take English 101?

I don't want to major in Theology or Philosophy. Do I still have to take those courses?

Are there any other curriculum requirements beyond the FYE?

How do Learning Communities fit in to the University Honors Program?

Do I need to register for Learning Community classes?

How do I know what Learning Community I'm in?

 

 

How do Learning Communities work?

All Learning Communities meet on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 9:00AM and 11:00AM. This block of time is reserved for first-year students to move through the core curriculum: Philosophy 201, Philosophy 202, Theology and Religious Studies 201, and English 101. You will take all four of these classes with the same cohort of fellow students, hence Learning “Community”.

Here is how these courses will fit into your schedule each semester:

Fall:

Philosophy 201

English 101 OR Theology and Religious Studies 201

Spring

Philosophy 202

English 101 OR Theology and Religious Studies 201

 

 

Why are these classes required?

Advancing the dialogue between faith and reason forms the core of Catholic University’s mission. Whatever major you choose, these classes will be the foundation of your education at CUA.

If you have your eye on a major like Business or Engineering, you may wonder how these liberal arts classes will fit into your education. Here is our reasoning: Catholic University is committed to providing each first-year student with a solid foundation for a complete education. A complete education includes not only the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in a particular field like Business or Engineering, but the broad, versatile set of skills and knowledge that can only be found in the study of the liberal arts and humanities – skills like writing, problem-solving, and critical thinking.  

 

 

I took AP English in high school. Do I still have to take English 101?

Writing: Logic and Rhetoric is not the same as AP English. The introductory English course at CUA is geared towards training in argumentation. That means acquiring new techniques for presenting your argument, learning how to research, analyze, and synthesize material, and practicing your writing through essay assignments.

 

 

I don’t want to major in Philosophy or Theology. Do I still have to take those courses?

The FYE courses in Philosophy and Theology are not built exclusively for Philosophy and Theology majors. Rather, they are an introduction to a rich intellectual tradition intended for students with a wide range of individual interests. In your Learning Community, you might meet a Sociology major, a Math major, an International Business major, and a Drama major – but you’ll find that the material covered in these core classes provides both context and foundational skills for whatever field you choose.

 

 

Are there any other curriculum requirements beyond the FYE?

Yes, though the specific requirements will vary depending on your major. In most cases, you will be able to fulfill these requirements by choosing from a variety of courses in disciplines like the humanities, natural and social sciences, philosophy, literature, and foreign language study. If you would like to know the requirements for a particular major, please contact the Undergraduate Advising Center.

 

 

How do Learning Community classes fit in to the University Honors Program?

If you are in the Honors Program, you will still be part of a Learning Community and participate in the First-Year Experience. Your Learning Community will be made up of other Honors Program students, and you will take Honors sections of the Learning Community classes. A list of Honors Learning Community classes can be found here, or you can contact the University Honors Program for more information.

 

 

Do I need to register for Learning Community classes?

We will place you into your Learning Community over the summer. This means that you will automatically be enrolled in Philosophy 201 and either English 101 or Theology and Religious Studies 201 for the fall semester. You will see these courses on your schedule when you begin the registration process.

In the spring semester, you will move on to Philosophy 202. If you took English 101 in the fall, you will take TRS 201 in the spring; likewise, if you began your year with TRS 201, you will finish with English 101. You will not be automatically enrolled in these classes as you were in the fall, so make sure to register in November – your fall instructors will let you know how to do so.

 

 

How do I know what Learning Community I'm in?

Some Orientation activities are organized by Learning Community number. Your Learning Community number is the same as the section number that appears after the Philosophy course on your class schedule. For example, if you are enrolled in PHIL 201-15, then you are in Learning Communnity 15.

 

 

I still have questions.

View the Undergraduate Studies FAQ for answers to questions about admissions, registration, academics, policies, and more. For FYE questions not addressed above, you can email us at CUA-FYE@cua.edu, call us at 202-319-5220, or stop by our office in McMahon Hall 13. We are here Monday through Friday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM.