About Us

One of the Department's greatest strengths is its diversity. We offer more than forty different courses each semester. They cover a wide range of cultures, time periods, and themes, reflecting the unusually diverse backgrounds, perspectives and interests of the faculty.

Our Mission

The Villanova History Department believes that knowledge and understanding of the history of human experience — in all its spiritual, material, intellectual, cultural and social diversity — are essential to prepare students in the 21st century to become responsible global citizens and thoughtful, compassionate human beings.

History thus serves the university’s dual mission of transforming minds and hearts, and contributes to the uniquely Catholic and Augustinian identity of Villanova University through its special commitment to research and teaching about the roles of religious institutions, faith, and values in the development of human communities around the world.

The History Department is committed to maintaining an intellectual, social, and emotional environment conducive to the development of the necessary components of the human spirit — love, respect, intellect, faith and care — among the undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and staff who form its community. Mutual respect and support, concern and openness are the values that the members of the department seek to implement in their daily interactions with each other.

Some comments from recent graduates:

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"History allowed me to be theoretical and critical in my thinking with the ability to make specific comparisons and analogies with the information I acquired."

"Villanova has an excellent history program with courses on a wide variety of subjects offered each semester."

"The history department has really exceeded my expectations...everyone has been professional as well as warm and welcoming."