The College of Professional Studies offers FastForward courses on campus and online over seven weeks in the Fall and Spring semesters.  These courses typically utilize a combination of class meetings (either virtual or in-person), online activities, and/or other assignments to afford students with an accelerated time frame to earn three credits.  


FALL 2020

FastForward 1

August 17 - October 4

FastForward 2

October 5 - November 22



FastForward 3

January 25 - March 11

FastForward 4

March 15 - April 29

There are no classes Friday, April 2nd for Easter Recess.

FALL 2021

FastForward 1

August 23 - October 8

FastForward 2

October 18 - December 10

To view upcoming FastForward courses, follow these instructions: 

Navigate to Villanova's Master Schedule of Classes and select term of interest and Detail Search, then click submit. In the Attribute Type field, select Fast Forward Course, then click Class Detail Search.


Absences by students in FastForward classes are problematic due to the limited number of class sessions. If a student expects to miss more than one session, they should be discouraged from enrolling in the class.  If an enrolled student misses more than one session, they should provide documentation for the extenuating circumstance resulting in their absence(s) for it to be considered “excused.”  Excused absences include the list offered in the Class Attendance Policy.  Faculty should clearly outline in their syllabus any potential make-up work allowed for excused absences, or grade penalties associated with unexcused absences. 

Students may add or drop a FastForward course within the first week of the class meeting with no financial penalty, per the Tuition Reversal Schedule from the Bursar’s Office.  Students may receive an authorized withdrawal from a course without academic penalty and receive a grade of “WX” up to Week 4.  After that date, a student seeking authorized withdrawal without penalty must petition the Dean of his or her college, who has sole authority to grant withdrawals without penalty.


Summer I and III Deadline May 24
Summer II Deadline June 24
Fall I Deadline — August 16
Fall II Deadline — October 11

College of Professional Studies

800 E. Lancaster Avenue
Vasey Hall, Room 103
Villanova, PA 19085

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Important Notices for Distance Education Students

The following includes important information for students participating in online courses, online programs and/or on-ground clinicals or practicums while physically located outside of Pennsylvania.

Read the Notices for Distance Education Students

BIS vs. BA

The primary difference between a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is the core curriculum that must be completed for each.

Students completing the BIS degree follow a 45-credit core curriculum. This provides more flexibility and choices in selecting classes.

Students completing the BA degree follow the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 50-credit core curriculum, which includes foreign language courses and science courses with a lab.