Learning and Living Among Friends

Honors Learning Cohorts students at table

Villanova’s innovative Honors Learning Cohorts bring together students with similar interests—like Medical Humanities or Business and Society—to take coursework alongside like-minded peers in the Honors Residence Hall. Most Honors students choose to participate in one of these optional, enriching learning-living experiences.

Students live and learn alongside peers with the same interests, all while remaining fully immersed in programs that allow them to pursue their own path. Joining a learning cohort makes class discussions more engaging and creates deep friendships.

Learning cohort students remain an integral part of the larger Villanova community, making friends across all academic disciplines, attending athletic and cultural events and experiencing all that being a Villanovan entails.


Learning Cohort Sequences

The Honors Program offers the following Learning Cohorts:

The most popular first-year cohort, The Good, True, Beautiful sequence is unique to the Honors Program and offers a full immersion in the intellectual life that will sustain students for three semesters. 

Through its incorporation of lecture and seminar discussion, the cohort invites students into a collaborative inquiry of all we can desire, know and delight in as human beings. Ancient and modern voices guide these conversations, challenging us to understand our own place and time better through dialogue with thinkers who, in their own place and time, have made powerful arguments about how goodness, truth and beauty allow us to know ourselves, others and the world around us. Read more

In this learning cohort, Honors students are given a unique course of study through the Honors Program that culminates in the Honors Degree. This is an opportunity to engage in a well-described curricular path that encompasses Villanova's core requirements. All courses within this sequence take a balanced business, society and technology perspective.

This sequence provides students the skill set to: 1) engage in critical reflection on the meaning of concepts such as the nature of suffering, health, quality of life, disability and the purpose of research; and 2) analyze and formulate recommendations for action in situations of ethical dilemmas in health care. Read more

This program educates students to become transformative leaders for the global environment of the 21st-century through a distinctive series of classes that explore the relationship between our political, economic and ethical lives. In sophomore year, students have the option to study abroad for one semester with our study abroad partner in Cambridge, England. Read more


Shaping a College Life

This co-curricular, one-credit experience aims to help Honors students navigate a successful transition to college. Various themes are explored and students are introduced to resources on campus that highlight these topics. 

This reflective experience provides students with the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of themselves, their peer group and Villanova. 

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