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Undergraduate Studies

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Undergraduate and Graduate Students during Commencement Weekend, 2015. From left: Gabby Bettaglio (UG '15), Jill Jacobs (G '15), Megan Hopkins (UG '15), and Sarah Ochocki (G '15).

The Villanova Theatre Department offers a variety of courses in the arts and three minors to enrich the studies of Villanova's Undergraduate students.


Students interested in Theatre can declare a Minor in Theatre, or take a few of our Theatre courses (taught by award winning theatre artists) that help current and future theatre artists develop skills in and deepen their knowledge of theatre.

Undergraduate students may fulfill a Theatre minor by completing five theatre courses (two required/three elective) and a theatre practicum. The required courses include:

  • Fundamental Principles of Acting
  • Scene Study

Villanova’s Music minor is designed to engage students in interdisciplinary thought, which will enhance analytical and creative thinking. Villanova has a vibrant musical culture, and students interested in Music can declare a minor in Music or take courses in Music taught by faculty from across the University.

Studies have connected arts education with stronger verbal and quantitative skills; in addition, the study of music builds memory, attention, perseverance, creativity, stronger study habits, and more.

Music Minors must complete five Music courses:

Two required courses:

  • Music Theory with Ear Training (four credits)
  • Music in the Western World: Middle Ages to 1750 or Music in the Western World: 1750 to the Present

And three electives:

  • Words and Music: The Art of Song
  • Jazz: America’s Music
  • Musical Theatre
  • Philosophy of Contemporary Music
  • Perspectives: Literature and Music
  • The Laptop Instrument

This is not a comprehensive list—the department offers a variety of other courses.

Villanova’s studio art minor serves both mind and heart. The minor takes an integrative, interdisciplinary approach in the reciprocal interactions between scholarship and art, theory and practice. This minor allows students to continuously develop as artists, embodying a multi-disciplinary approach that includes research, and creativity, all of which are integrated through experience and ingenuity.

Studio Art minors must complete five Art courses; four required courses chosen from the following:

  • Basic Drawing
  • Basic Watercolor
  • Basic Oil Painting
  • Basic Printmaking
  • Intro to Calligraphy
  • Digital Photography
  • Painting of Icons
  • Fashion in Costume Design

And one elective from the list above or from the following:

  • History of Western Art: Ancient or Renaissance
  • Visual Arts in the US 1607-1876 or 1877-Present
  • Art of Philadelphia
  • High Renaissance Art in Italy
  • The Art of Ireland
  • Modern Art
  • Contemporary Art
  • Japanese Animation
  • Interpreting Art

This is not a comprehensive list—the department offers a variety of other courses.

For more information on the Studio Art or Music minors, please e-mail
Peter Hilliard.

Department of Theatre and Studio Art
800 E. Lancaster Ave.
Villanova, PA 19085