Learning Communities

The mission of Villanova University's learning communities is to enhance student learning by creating integrated learning experiences inside and outside of the classroom as students transition to college life. Learning communities have 3 main components, all of which will add to your experience as a First-Year Student at Villanova.

  • The Augustine and Culture Seminar (ACS) is a discussion-based class with about 16 students in each. In this intimate setting, students read texts, engage in conversations about "big questions," and get to know each other and their professor. ACS focuses on the heart of human experience: Who Am I? What does it mean to be human? How should I interact with the world around me?
  • Students in most of learning communities live together in one of the residence halls located on the South Campus. Because students are living and learning together, friendships form quickly and the students form a community that is uniquely strong. Learning community students often find "friends for life" in this first-year experience.
  • Students select a theme that they'll explore as part of their learning community experience. The theme serves as the year-long focus of the learning community. The theme is explored in a one-credit discussion class that meets weekly in the residence hall.

The Faith and Reason Learning Community

The Faith and Reason Learning Community is sponsored by the Center and will be led by Beth Hassel and Elizabeth-Jane McGuire.

We are particularly interested in creating dialogue among students who are open to exploring relationships, who see the college experience as an opportunity to learn not only about things, but themselves, each other, and how all of these relate to God.

More specifically, the Faith and Reason Learning Community will explore:

  • the student's approach to the meaning of life
  • the meaning of personal religious faith
  • the theories of faith development
  • the intersections between and among faith, academics and career aspirations
  • the reciprocal roles of faith and meaning making
  • how academics can enhance a holistic approach to ones life and vocation
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Senior Scholars Say:

"Our dinner dialogues were always like a breath of fresh air for me -- they helped me take a step back and consider my faith, something that I don't always make time for in my day-to-day life. Those moments became very important to me over the past three years."
"I have had the opportunity to meet a group of people all with the same focus of school and integrated faith.  I never thought I would be able to connect with these students (and faculty) in one setting. I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to experience faith and learning these three years."
"I'm a more confident person. Not just in my faith life, though that's certainly true, but I feel like a more well-rounded individual for having participated in this program. I'm more open. I'm more comfortable talking about myself and my experiences."
* Faculty Mentors application 2017-2018.pdf
2017-2018 Faculty Mentor Application
* Scholars application 2017-2018.pdf
2017-2018 Scholar application