Our Gateways

See also our Electives and Current Course Offerings.  

God

HUM 2001 

Is there a God and what difference does it make if there is? 

This course analyzes how modernity has shaped the ways Christians approach questions about God.  It considers modern critiques of religion that help us to understand our own sense of religion.  We  examine what Christian claims about God mean, and whether they are well founded.  We explore central questions about the nature of divine life and what those questions reveal about the nature of human life. 

Human Person

HUM 2002 

What does it mean to be a human being?

What it means to be human has been called into question by intellectual movements that understand the human person as determined by biology, economics, historical trends, or inescapable networks of power.  This class re-evaluates these prevailing cultural assumptions and asks questions that go to the heart of what makes us human:  What is human nature?  What is happiness?  How can we discover meaning in our experiences of love, mortality, work, and contemplation? 

World

HUM 2003

What can I know about the world around me and my place in it?

Modern science offers the dominant but not the only way of interpreting the world.  The natural world has always offered a mirror for humanity: the way we look at and understand the world affects how we think about ourselves, and vice versa.  In this class, we consider the conceptions of the world most common today.  By discussing their origins, presuppositions, and implications, we hope to deepen our understanding of the world and our place within it. 

Society

HUM 2004

How do I relate to my family, my friends, society, politics?

We live in a time when political, economic, and family life compete to occupy our horizon of concerns.  Our culture is often cynical about the possibility of finding meaning in these fundamental aspects of human society.  How is our dependent, rational nature developed in society through   marriage, family, work, markets, and government?  How can we engage in these areas of human life in ways that are genuinely good for us? 

Department of Humanities 

St. Augustine Center Room 304
Villanova University 
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085 
Phone: 610.519.6165
Fax: 610.519.5307
Email: humanities@villanova.edu 

Chairperson
Dr. Kevin Hughes 
Assistant:  
Marie Kelly