Networking & Career Preparation

Each year, a few graduates from our department shared how they have built successful careers within the fields of law, finance, and management. At this event, each speaker provides a synopsis of his/her occupational experiences since graduating from Villanova.  Afterwards, students pose questions to the speakers to learn more about their professional lives and how they have reached their current positions.  This annual gathering is a lively and informative event that offers prospective and current majors valuable practical insights into various career options.  


The Office of Undergraduate Students (OUS) sponsors the BRIDGE Society (Build Relationships, Inspire Development & Gain Expertise) that provides current students the opportunity to meet alumni from the College of Arts & Sciences.  Their mission is to “build relationships among students and alumni in the Arts and Sciences, to inspire both student professional development and alumni institutional development, as well as provide a forum for students to gain the experiences necessary to forge their future direction.”  The BRIDGE Society organizes lunches and events that allow undergraduates to explore potential career paths and meet alumni who currently work in different arenas including politics, government, law, business, and the nonprofit sector. 

The Alumni Association created The Nova Network, Villanova's official new, social and professional networking platform. By joining the Nova Network, you will be able to network with Villanovans in your industry or city, share career advice or gain insights from experienced professionals, and access career development resources designed for your level of experience.


The Office of Undergraduate Students (OUS) offers 1-credit courses as part of their Professional Development Program.  Courses vary by semester and often include the following courses to help launch you into your professional life. 

ASPD 2000 Professional Development – 1 Credit
Learn how to create a professional résumé, research internships and professional positions, conduct an informational interview, answer job interview questions, network with alumni, and create a professional development plan. Learn how to market the skills you are developing as a student in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences effectively for professional positions.

ASPD 2001 Introduction to Professional Writing – 1 Credit
Learn the hallmarks of effective professional writing: How to target an audience while writing clearly, concisely, and persuasively. Gain valuable professional writing experience directly transferable to writing in internships and professional positions.

ASPD 2002 The Legal Profession – 1 Credit
Investigate areas of law and potential legal paths as you learn what it means to "think like a lawyer." Learn how to maneuver successfully through the application process and how to transition well to the challenges of law school.

ASPD 2003 Professional Communication – 1 Credit
This course provides a foundation for leadership studies and professional speaking. You will enhance your professional communication by learning various perspectives that will deepen your understanding of leadership and enable you to succeed in a diverse, ever-changing workplace.

ASPD 2004 Social Networking – 1 Credit
Making connections and staying connected has never been easier with sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Learn how to harness the power of social media for professional gain and become a savvy social networker.

ASPD 2005 Networking for Success – 1 Credit
Learn the importance and relevance of networking for your professional success. This course is designed for students who want to identify, understand, and develop personal strengths and relationships to explore and expand professional opportunities.

ASPD 2009 Creativity and Innovation – 1 Credit
Collaborate on team-based projects designed to foster an understanding of real-world business problems that require creative and innovative solutions. Open to All Undergraduate Students Weekend commitment is a requirement Class will meet for three prep sessions prior to weekend event.

ASPD 2100 Preparing for Health Careers - 1 Credit
Five interpersonal and four intrapersonal competencies are sought by health professions schools. Learn what they mean, why they are important in health care, and how to develop them in oneself as part of this one-credit ASPD course.

ASPD 2101 The Road Less Traveled – 1 Credit
This course is designed to expand students' awareness of the array of health professions. Guest speakers from fields students choose less frequently will come to class and introduce their professions. Students will have the opportunity to expand their perspective in search of their "fit", while simultaneously learning more about health care and health professionals.

ASPD 2103 Charting Your Course: Science – 1 Credit
Exploration of professional options offered by a degree in the sciences, such as careers in pharmaceutical and vaccine development, data analytics, and more.

ASPD 2200 Applied Professional Development – 1 Credit
Students will enhance their professional development and career knowledge through this overview of important and relevant topics related to investigating career paths and applying to internships and jobs. The one-credit Independent Study offering is designed to give students greater flexibility in course scheduling. Restricted to CLAS students with permission of Director of Professional Development. 

ASPD 3000 Topics in Prof. Development – 1 Credit

This three-credit independent study course is designed to examine the skills and tools students need to prepare for a career. Whether students are preparing for an internship or their first full-time job after graduation, certain skills are necessary as you locate, apply, interview, and negotiate for a position. This course considers building a strong career toolkit including exploring areas of various industries, résumé /cover letter preparation, job/internship search preparation, interview skills, salary negotiation, social media, and professional etiquette in the workplace. Permission of instructor required to register.

Sample Resumes for Sociology and Criminology majors

Kenny Tsang talks about the value of his studies in our department in helping to prepare him for his career.