Undergraduate Program in Theology and Religious Studies

Undergraduate Studies

Faith engaging culture. Theology and Religion in the third millennium. Vibrant, high-quality undergraduate education. Forward looking curricula inspired by the Catholic intellectual and the Augustinian traditions.

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Faith, Reason, and Culture

We are committed to the time-honored definition of our task as “faith seeking understanding” (Anselm of Canterbury). In everything we do, we draw upon the rich legacy of St. Augustine’s passionate pursuit of truth, a purposeful endeavor that evokes the union of mind and heart, links faith with rational reflection and, in dialogue with culture, builds unity in the midst of diversity.


Multi- and Interdisciplinarity

Our students participate in what Augustine calls the restless search for wisdom and embark on an academic journey that recognizes Christian theology as a living, ongoing tradition that continues to be refined as it engages the contemporary world. Such engagement both demands plural approaches and contributes to synergy on campus with respect to theological and religious studies.


Forward Looking Programs

VU is a leader in THL/RST education. Our 5 programs assure high-quality learning for the third millennium. Whereas each curriculum develops distinctive skills, all are inspired by the Catholic intellectual and the Augustinian traditions.


Global Opportunities

VU provides students with opportunities to gain international experience necessary to become outstanding leaders and global citizens and to be competitive in today's workplace and in the academy. With OIS we have developed partnerships that are of special interest to our majors.


Preparing for a Career

Our programs prepare you for the job market and also for graduate studies. Villanova's Career Services provides access to an Online Career Library Library with information about common employment areas, typical employers, and strategies designed to maximize career opportunities in theology and religion.

Contact Us

Peter Spitaler

Undergraduate Program Director
Mark Graham

Assessment Coordinator
Fayette Veverka

Mailing Address
Villanova University
Dept. of Theology & Religious Studies 
Saint Augustine Center 203 
800 Lancaster Avenue 
Villanova, PA 19085 
Phone: 610.519.4730 
Fax: 610.519.6697


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Integrative Learning: Summer study-abroad program (undergraduate) blends structural engineering, theology and Augustinian mission into an unforgettable experience for faculty and students.


"In fact, if I went back to college today, I think I would probably major in comparative religion, because that’s how integrated it is in everything that we are working on and deciding and thinking about in life today."

John Kerry, Secretary of State. Remarks at the Launch of the Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives. Full text. Video available with closed captioning on YouTube