The College of Professional Studies, in partnership with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is pleased to welcome members of our adult community to a series of free, virtual mini-courses beginning in October and November. While the Personal Enrichment Program has been suspended due to COVID-19, these virtual mini-courses will be an exceptional way to “get back to school” for a few weeks and learn from Villanova’s distinguished faculty.

Please Note: You do not need to apply to the Personal Enrichment program in order to register for these virtual mini courses; simply register for the mini-courses using the link below.

Race in American Politics

October 14, 21, and 28
8:30-9:45 a.m.  EDT  |  100% online
October 14: The Politics of Racial and Ethnic Groups
October 21: The Role of Prejudice in Politics
October 28: The State of Voting Rights in America

This course focuses on the continued salience of race and ethnicity in U.S. politics and its influence on the political attitudes and behaviors of Americans. Though the United States has always been a racially and ethnically diverse nation, it is becoming increasingly so. Profound demographic changes are once again rapidly transforming the political and social landscape of our nation, a trend most recently underscored by the presidency of Barack Obama and the election of Donald Trump. Yet, the topic of race is also one that is charged with controversy and dogged by misunderstanding. The aim of this mini-course is to arm students with the latest social scientific theories to explain and evaluate the nature and consequences of race and ethnicity in American politics.

In this course, students will:

  • Learn what race is and where it originates
  • How and why race influences the public opinion and political participation of various racial groups, including African-Americans, Latinos, Asian-Americans, Arab Americans, American Indians, and White Americans
  • Explore the role of implicit and explicit bias in our policy opinions and political decision-making
  • Examine the state of voting rights in America and its implications for the 2020 election

FACULTY: Camille Burge, PhD

An Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Villanova University, Dr. Burge also serves as the Assistant Director of the Center for Peace and Justice Education. Her areas of expertise lie within Political Psychology and Racial and Ethnic Politics. Her research has been published in The Journal of PoliticsPolitical Research QuarterlyResearch & Politics, and Politics, Groups, and Identities. In 2018 she received the Junior Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching and was a finalist for the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2019 and 2020. Camille has given over 40 public lectures on emotions in politics and race and ethnicity in American politics; she can also be heard on National Public Radio. Camille was recently appointed to the 2020 Pre-Election Task Force for the American Association of Public Opinion Research where she works alongside other academics and  survey leaders/administrators at Gallup, Pew, NBC News, CBS News, ABC News, CNN, Huffington Post, and other reputable polling organizations, to analyze local, state, and national elections data.

The Harlem Renaissance

November 4, 11, and 18 
10:00-11:15 a.m. EDT  |  100% online

During the 1920s and 30s, an artistic and cultural movement developed among African Americans centered in New York and several other urban metropolises.  Seeking to resist nineteenth century stereotypes of the “Old Negro” as inferior, dependent, hyper-sexualized and violent, black and white writers, musicians, aesthetic artists, and political leaders presented a new image of black men and women, an image that demanded respect and the full rights of American citizenship. The literary and culture movement known as “the Harlem Renaissance” evolved as a result of great political turmoil and violence, a great migration, and the production of exciting literature and culture. We will examine the period from the 1890’s through the 1920’s through representative art and artists of the period, like Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Cab Calloway, Ethel Waters, and WEB DuBois.


FACULTY: Crystal Lucky, PhD
Crystal J. Lucky is Associate Dean of Baccalaureate Studies for CLAS and Associate Professor of English at Villanova University, where she has taught courses in 19th and 20th century African-American literature since 1996.  She also served as the director of the university’s Africana Studies Program from 2005-2015.  She has published articles on African American women’s writing and a critical edition of the autobiography of the Rev. Mrs. Charlotte Riley, titled A Mysterious Life and Calling, the autobiography of the Rev. Mrs. Charlotte Riley, a black woman preacher born into slavery in Charleston, South Carolina.  She is currently working on two book projects.  The first, On the Threshing Floor: Representations of African American Women’s Piety, analyzes the image of the black women’s piety in 19th, 20th, and 21st century African American literature and culture.  The second, He Came Back to Get Us, explores the lives of the first two members of the MOVE 9 who were released from prison after 40 years. Crystal holds a Th.D. in Biblical Studies from Manna Bible College (2019), a Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania (1999), an M.A. in African American Studies from Yale University (1989), and a B.A. in English and Communications from the University of Pennsylvania (1985).  She also serves, with her husband, as pastor of Sword of the Spirit Church in Lansdowne, PA. They have one son, a proud VU ’20 graduate!

Please check back soon for our Spring mini-course!


The College of Professional Studies is committed to being a resource for lifelong learning and offers the opportunity for individuals age 65 and above to attend undergraduate level courses at Villanova University.

Personal Enrichment students are able to enroll, on a space available basis, for undergraduate courses in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Villanova takes pride in supporting individuals seeking lifelong learning and our undergraduates greatly benefit from the life experience and wisdom that our seniors bring to the classroom.

Please check back soon for information about the Spring 2021 Semester.

How to Apply as a New Student to the Program

Individuals interested in the Personal Enrichment program are required to apply for acceptance by completing the College of Professional Studies Application Form and providing proof of age (i.e. Driver’s License). Both must be submitted to The College of Professional Studies before being eligible to enroll in classes.

How to Register for Courses

The Registration period occurs each semester on the business day following the Drop/Add period for traditional students. Registration for courses must be made in person. Registration dates can be found below.


Registration is typically held on the Monday following the start of courses, in the Villanova Room, Connelly Center, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Connelly Center doors will open at 8:30 a.m. and doors to the Villanova Room will open at 9:00 a.m. Please be sure you have filled out the online program application prior to registration.

Parking for registration: If you have purchased a campus parking pass as a Personal Enrichment student, please park in your assigned lot. If you are new to the program, please park in the I-1 lot on Lancaster Avenue. 

The Personal Enrichment Program is suspended for the Fall 2020 semester due to the COVID-19 crisis. Spring 2021 Semester information coming soon.

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