The Faith & Reason Learning Community is sponsored by the Center for Faith & Learning and is led by Beth Hassel & Paul Camacho.
The mission of the Faith & Reason Learning Community is to enhance and integrate student learning inside and outside of the classroom as students transition to college life.
The Learning Community classes have 3 main components, all of which will add to the freshman experience at Villanova.
- Big Questions: The learning community class (Augustine and Culture Seminar (ACS) is a discussion-based class. 16 students per classread texts, engage in conversations about "big questions," 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 and can I interact with the world around me?
- "Friends for Life": Because students are living and learning together, friendships form quickly and the students often form bonds which are uniquely strong.
- Student selected Theme: Together students select theme for their ACS class; this theme serves as the year-long focus of the learning community.
The community focus is to create a supportive and open environment where dialogue can happen among students who are open to exploring relationships, who see the college experience as an opportunity to learn not only about 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