History

The undergraduate history program at Villanova is designed to develop our students' knowledge, academic and intellectual skills.

We are especially proud of the independent and collective research projects our students carry out inside and outside the classroom. See, for example, the digital history research project that our undergraduates have done on the suburbanization of Ardmore in the early twentieth century. 

The History program helps to prepare students for their future by:

  • providing a broad range of courses and other educational opportunities that encourage students to develop their historical awareness, perspective and understanding;
  • instructing and guiding students to develop sound research skills;
  • training students to understand the standard forms of historical expression, to critique historical arguments made by others, and to produce historical arguments themselves;
  • developing students' ability to perceive how different aspects or types of human endeavor and experience may be connected;
  • leading students to identify the historical roots of contemporary issues and challenges, with attention to social values and the role of religion in the human experience;
  • assisting students to understand and evaluate the role of human choice in history;
  • providing information and opportunities to acquire the necessary skills to identify and pursue post-graduate opportunities for employment or further education; assisting students in identifying career options most suited to their skills, strengths, and interests.
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