Learning Goals and Objectives

Intellectual Development

  • Humanities graduates will pursue the joys of inquiry and wisdom through our question-driven curriculum.
  • Humanities graduates will demonstrate their interdisciplinary knowledge of: (1) major questions about the human person; (2) how these questions have been broached from the perspective of various academic disciplines; (3) and how these interdisciplinary questions can be integrated through the guiding disciplines of theology and philosophy.
  • Humanities graduates will demonstrate a mission-driven exploration of: (1) how the Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition can be brought into dialogue with the contemporary world and (2) the possibility for fruitful exchange with diverse partners within and beyond this tradition.
  • Humanities graduates will demonstrate the following skills: (1) critical and sympathetic analysis that enables them to read texts with understanding, precision, and insight; (2) clear and responsible thinking about complex questions; (3) articulate argumentation expressed fluently in (a) writing and (b) speech.

Personal and Emotional Development

  • Humanities graduates will reflect with maturity on their Villanova Humanities education in the self-chosen, integrating research of the senior essay.
  • Humanities graduates will (1) reflect on their life’s work as a vocation and (2) develop habits of inquiry for the pursuit of wisdom in their chosen path of life.

Social and Cultural Development

  • The Department of Humanities is a mission-driven scholarly community of students and faculty.  Humanities graduates will contribute to the growth and further development of our intellectual life and culture.
  • Outside of the classroom, Humanities graduates will form friendships and hold lively conversation centered on intellectual issues.
  • Humanities graduates will participate in co-curricular events that are organized by the department in light of its mission and intended to enhance graduates’ cultural, intellectual and social lives.

Spiritual and Moral Development

  • Humanities graduates will express a sustainable and mature understanding of self and humanity in relation to questions about God and the Good.
  • Humanities graduates will understand their lives with regards to (1) major arguments in the Gateway courses regarding the human person, God, society, and the world and (2) more specific—but related—topics raised in their elective courses.

Contact Us

Department of Humanities

St. Augustine Center Room 304
Villanova University 
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085 
Phone: 610.519.6165
Fax: 610.519.5307
Email: humanities@villanova.edu 

ChairpersonDr. Mark Shiffman

Administrative AssistantLuisa Ruggieri