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Augustine and Culture Seminar Program (ACSP)


The Augustine and Culture Seminar is a two-semester humanities sequence (ACS 1000: Ancients, and ACS 1001: Moderns) which educates students in Augustinian inquiry through a great-books curriculum and an intensive program of critical reading, writing, and discussion. The title first invokes St. Augustine as a model for the fearless pursuit of wisdom.  Through the word “culture,” we are reminded that the pursuit of wisdom includes, in the words of Matthew Arnold, “the best that has been thought and known.”

All first-year students are housed by their ACS assignment; some participate in selective learning communities.

Through ACS, all Villanova students engage in a distinctive first-year experience:

  • Small seminars of 16 students, taught in most cases by full-time faculty members;
  • A two-semester humanities sequence that is interdisciplinary and concerned with foundational texts;
  • Broad engagement with the Augustinian intellectual tradition;
  • Writing-intensive curriculum that emphasizes argument and analysis;
  • Students from diverse colleges (A&S, Engineering, Business, and Nursing) engaged in a common intellectual conversation;
  • Integration of classroom studies and lived experience through common housing, learning communities, and required co-curricular cultural events.