CURRICULUM AND PROGRAMS

VSB is nationally recognized as a top business school and a pioneer of curricular innovation. With a liberal arts core to complement solid business fundamentals, we deliver a highly integrated, rigorous curriculum that focuses on building competencies that will only become more relevant for future leaders including:

Technology, Data and Analytics

Advanced skills across all disciplines


Communication

Written and oral communications that effectively package and convey ideas and decision-making practices

Servant Leadership

Grounded in ethics and values


Team Dynamics

Managing and working effectively with colleagues of different backgrounds and perspectives

VSB’s highly integrated, rigorous curriculum, infused with team teaching, guest speakers, simulations, global perspectives, and hands-on semester-long projects, highlights the skills of effective leaders and emphasizes innovation and openness to change as fundamental business and personal skills. Students study the fundamentals of business, explore new issues in real-time, and complete corporate projects. All students have access to an online subscription to the Wall Street Journal which is incorporated into their classroom experience.
 

  

YEAR BY YEAR CURRICULUM OUTLINE

Select the appropriate class year to review curricular requirements.

  

BACKPACK TO BRIEFCASE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CURRICULUM

Professional Development is a critical component of business education. VSB’s Backpack to Briefcase (B2B) initiative engages students in professional development activities from first through senior year. B2B is an innovative program, integrating career development into the core business curriculum throughout the four-year academic program, supplementing students’ participation in traditional academic courses and providing holistic preparation for success as professionals.

  

CORE CURRICULUM

VSB students begin taking business courses in their freshman year and continue to fulfill VSB core requirements during sophomore year. 

  

GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES

VSB provides you with opportunities to gain the international business experience necessary to become outstanding leaders and global citizens and to be competitive in today's workplace.

  

READ TO LEAD

This year's Read to Lead book is Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight. The VSB Read to Lead Program, sponsored by EY, is an integral part of the undergraduate curriculum and connects students around a highly relevant business theme before freshman year. 

 

The book offers students a real-world context for learning and provides a launching point for integrative discussions, projects, and analyses of topics in the Business Dynamics freshman core business course. It also provides students with new opportunities for discussions with high-level corporate leaders.

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight

The Read to Lead Program has included such books as Leading Matters: Lessons from My Journey, The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World by Brad Stone and many others. 

VSB freshmen will be receiving a hardcopy of the book Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight in the mail by mid-July.

The Clay Center at VSB/ O’Donnell Center for Professional Development
Bartley 1054
The Clay Center Team/O’Donnell Center Team

Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Honors Program

The Honors Program at Villanova is a rigorous, comprehensive program of challenging seminars, research opportunities, service projects, and cultural and social events designed to bring together exceptional students and dedicated faculty.

  

ENRICHING OUR STUDENTS