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Faith and Reason Learning Community

The Faith & Reason Learning Community is sponsored by the Center for Faith & Learning and led by Beth Hassel & Paul Camacho. It's mission 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 first-year experience at Villanova.

  • Big Questions: The learning community class (Augustine and Culture Seminar (ACS) is a discussion-based class. Students per class read texts, engage in conversations about "big questions".. 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, students often form bonds which are uniquely strong. 
  • Student selected Theme: Together students select the theme for their ACS class which 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 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 one's faith journey.

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

  • the student's approach to the meaning of life
  • the meaning of personal faith journey
  • the theories of faith development
  • the intersections between faith, academics and career aspirations
  • how academics can enhance a holistic approach to ones life.
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Beth Hassel, Director
St. Rita Hall, 314
(610) 519-4088

Complete the Student Scholar Application for the CF&L Scholar program. This program will begin Fall 2024 academic year. Please contact Beth Hassel with questions.

Faculty Mentor Applications for the Center for Faith & Learning Scholar program are now being accepted.