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.

The Personal Enrichment program for undergraduate courses will not run in the Summer of 2021, but will resume in the Fall Semester. Please see below for Fall 2021 registration information. We are pleased to continue running our "Community Mini-Course" series, in June. Please see below for more information and registration links.


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.

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.

MINI COURSE: The History, Culture, and Language of Italian Food

June 9, 16, and 23
9:00-10:15 a.m.

Italy’s culinary traditions are as internationally recognizable as any aspect of its culture. But what do we mean when we talk about Italian food? What is it and where did it come from? What historical, economic, and cultural factors influenced and continue to influence its development? In this class, we’ll trace Italian food from Roman and Etruscan origins through the myriad transnational influences of the middle ages and Renaissance and into the regional and globally-influenced food traditions of the 21st century. We’ll do this through hands-on analysis of primary sources (in translation where relevant). We’ll also learn some of the basics of the language of Italian food. No previous knowledge of Italian language or history is required.  


This course will be taught by Mary Migliozzi, Ph.D., Assistant Teaching Professor at Villanova University. As of Fall 2021, Mary will also be the coordinator of the Italian program. She has taught Italian language classes at all levels as well as courses on Italian popular music. In 2019-2020, she organized the lecture series Italian Set to Music. Her research and publications have focused on Italian dialect literature and music in popular culture.  



MINI COURSE: American Indian Thought and Culture

September 15, 22, and 29
10:00-11:15 a.m.

These sessions provide an introduction to Navajo and Lakota communities. The seminars will consider the following :

1) Creation stories and the role of the oral tradition in these communities;

2) Navajo and Lakota ceremonial life and spiritualities;

3) Contemporary American Indian concerns such as erasure and cultural exploitation; impoverishment and unemployment; inadequate health care; missing and murdered women, as girls and Two-Spirit (gender-nonconformist) people are killed at high rates; environmental protection and human rights.

Check back soon for registration!


This course will be taught by Barbara E. Wall, Ph.D. Dr. Wall is an Associate Professor of Philosophy, and the founder and retired Vice President of the Office for Mission and Ministry at Villanova University. In her role, she helped to strengthen and renew Villanova’s commitment to its Augustinian, Catholic intellectual tradition and educational mission.

A member of the Villanova community for 50 years, Dr. Wall has made significant and lasting contributions. She served as associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; founded the Women’s Studies Program, the Ethics Program and the Journal for Peace and Justice Studies; and co-founded the Center for Peace and Justice Education. She is also a recipient of the Lindback Award for Outstanding Teaching.




Registration Information

  • Personal Enrichment applications for Fall 2021 will open on May 1, 2021. 
  • Registration for the Fall 2021 semester will take place on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.
  • Modality of registration (in-person or Online) is to be determined.

College of Professional Studies

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Vasey Hall, Room 103
Villanova, PA 19085

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Previous Mini-Course Topics

  • Race in American Politics
  • The Harlem Renaissance
  • 28 Days and Beyond