GLOBAL LEARNING

Students from the social justice documentary program.
Students from the social justice documentary program.

With a rich, interdisciplinary curriculum and expert, international faculty, the College prepares students—both in the classroom and through study abroad—to become global citizens.

Today’s increasingly global society requires citizens who can analyze intersectional identities, overlapping diasporas and the historical structures at play. 

  • The College offers majors and minors that equip students for international careers that contribute to the common good. Our Global Interdisciplinary Studies program offers seven area studies specializations, a Peace and Justice major and a Gender and Women's Studies major.
  • Courses across every discipline—from history and literature, to social justice and social movements, to global ecology and ecosystems—explore international impacts.
  • In addition to our unique Vatican Internship program, through the Communication department or the Computing Sciences department, we work with students to find and secure internships all over the world.
  • Our faculty hail from nations all over the world including Argentina, Ghana, Israel, Japan, Spain and more.

Study Abroad

The College offers several study abroad programs designed to prepare students for an ever-changing global workplace and allow them to connect with their disciplines and majors in exciting new ways. Through our partnerships with some of the world’s most respected universities, students will be able to earn college credit toward several majors and minors, and in some cases certificates in specific areas of study.

  

Embedded Travel

The College is committed to providing our students with exceptional international learning opportunities for our students—going beyond the traditional semester study-abroad model. The College offers rich, relevant and participatory courses with embedded travel components. Recent and ongoing experiences include:

Traveling abroad enables student-filmmakers in the Social Documentary course with Hezekiah Lewis, MFA, to do authentic storytelling that draws attention to important issues and drives social change. A trip to Ghana inspired Sankofa, a documentary about mental slavery and its negative systemic impact on black males across the globe, which won the gold medal in the Documentary/Domestic Film Schools Category in the 2019 Student Academy Awards.

This course, led by Robert Curry, PhD, provides an introduction to environmental biology through study of the natural history of organisms and ecosystems of Maritime Canada. Lectures, readings and writing assignments are augmented by a multi-day trip to Nova Scotia with a focus on the exploration of diverse terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, identification of organisms and independent projects.

Led by Alan Drew, MFA, and Tsering Wangmo, PhD, Writing Through Conflict explored the important role of creative writing in confronting, protesting and engaging with socio-political conflicts. As part of this course, students traveled to Belfast, Ireland to participate in an intensive creative writing conference at Queens University, engaged in daily writing workshops with Irish authors, took literary tours in Belfast, attended readings and creative writing symposiums, and revised and shared their work in a student showcase.

  

International Student Experience

The College cultivates an environment that welcomes and learns from international faculty and students. CLAS attracts undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries around the world, and our international student and faculty population grows each year. International students will find a supportive and rich environment at Villanova.

  

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