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Freshman Learning Cohorts

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A learning cohort is a living and learning community, in which Honors students take themed classes together and live in the Honors dorm on South Campus. The themed classes in the cohorts allow students to complete Core Requirements around subjects that interest them, and living in the Honors dorm promotes academic excellence and fellowship of high caliber students.

Learning cohorts are an optional, but enriching experience for Honors students. Most Honors students choose to participate in a learning cohort and live in the Honors dorm. Our students enjoy the opportunity in their first semester to meet other students who like learning about the same things they do, and to live with them in close community. Joining a learning cohort makes class discussions more engaging and creates deep friendships that are sustained throughout the Villanova experience.

Learning Cohort Sequences

The Honors Program offers the following Learning Cohorts:

  • The Examined Life: The Good, The True, The Beautiful

    This is the most popular freshman cohort. The Good, True, Beautiful sequence is unique to the Honors Program and offers a full immersion in the intellectual life that will sustain you for three semesters. Through its incorporation of lecture and seminar discussion, the cohort invites you into a collaborative inquiry into all we can desire, know, and delight in as human beings. Ancient and modern voices guide these conversations, challenging us to understand our own place and time better through dialogue with thinkers who, in their own place and time, have made powerful arguments about how goodness, truth, and beauty allow us to know ourselves, others, and the world around us.

  • Business, Society, & Technology

    In this learning cohort, Honors students are given a unique course of study through the Honors Program that culminates in the Honors Degree. This is an opportunity to engage in a well-described curricular path that encompasses Villanova's core requirements. All courses within this sequence take a balanced business, society, and technology perspective.

  • Medical Humanities

    This sequence provides students the skill set to: 1) engage in critical reflection on the meaning of concepts such as the nature of suffering, health, quality of life, disability, and the purpose of research; and, 2) analyze and formulate recommendations for action in situations of ethical dilemmas in health care.

  • Politics, Philosophy, and Economics

    PPE students enroll in a distinctive series of classes that explore the relationship between our political, economic, and ethical lives. In sophomore year, students have the option to study abroad for one semester with our study abroad partner in Cambridge, England. This program educates Villanova students to become transformative leaders for the global environment of the twenty-first century.

Honors: Shaping a College Life  

Honors Students can participate in this one credit course on its own or in conjunction with an Honors Learning Cohort.This program is available only to Honors freshmen living in the Honors dorm.

Shaping a College Life aims at helping Honors students navigate successfully across the threshold of high school to college by inviting them into a co-curricular one-credit experience focused around several themes such as: Study Skills and the Life of the Mind, Distraction and Free Time, Meaningful Work, Resume Writing, Involvement & Friendships, and Dealing with Anxiety, Forming Relationships.  The course links students to various resources on campus that highlight these topics. This reflective experience provides students with the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of themselves, their peer group, and Villanova.. more

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The Honors program would like to extend a very warm congratulations to one of our amazing students, Taylor Hinch, for being selected as a 2021 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellow! To read more about Taylor and her unique opportunity please visit the Villanova University Media Room.


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