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Villanova Integrated Academics (VIA)

The Office of the Provost is offering integrated curricular courses through the Villanova Integrated Academics (VIA) program. VIA courses cut across subject-matter lines, bringing together students and faculty from varying majors and colleges to experience how diverse disciplines work together in real-world scenarios.

VIA courses are open to all Villanova undergraduates, fulfill elective requirements and expose students to new industries and opportunities in an experiential setting.

Interested students should speak to their academic advisors about registering for VIA courses.

Faculty interested in developing a VIA course should consult the call for proposals. The Office of the Provost will be entertaining proposals for new VIA courses in Fall 2021.

Questions should be directed to the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning via email.

Past VIA Courses

Examine and analyze issues surrounding indoor air quality (IAQ) and human health using environmental science, biology, public health and social policy, and economic influences. Air pollution, health effects, economics, social and cultural factors, in developed and developing countries.

Using interdisciplinary and sustainable innovations in the social impact sector to solve social problems. Become innovative problem solvers. Learn by doing via class discussions and hands-on projects to discover how to make social change now and as lifelong changemakers.


Economics and political philosophy applied to the history, theory and practice of statesmanship. In-depth study of important case studies focusing on how political leaders must balance competing political and economic interests in society for the sake of the common good.

This course will utilize methodologies drawn from history and data analytics to investigate soccer as a global phenomenon. Students will explore soccer history beginning in 1850 and develop the necessary coding skins to work in the R programming language. Utilizing these skills and, ideally, conducting some research in a language other than English, students will collaborate to produce detailed reports on the history and culture of soccer in individual countries around the world. 


Introduction to the built environment and concentrate on sustainability and environmental challenges within the built environment. Introduction to central theory and concepts of sustainable planning, design of the built environment and technical approaches and tools, such as GIS, used in urban planning to address these challenges. Focus on the planning process, the different urban environments that are the outcome of these processes and the associated environmental and sustainability challenges and opportunities.  


A unique collaboration between nursing, engineering and business, this course collaboratively addresses the rapidly changing context of aging, evaluating design solutions to often complex and pressing problems while leveraging existing and emerging innovations for attending to this globally increasing and often vulnerable population. Students will be prepared to work and collaborate interprofessionally, explore non-traditional employment related to their discipline, consider entrepreneurship related to meeting the needs of older adults and pursue interprofessional graduate.

Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning

Tolentine Hall, Room 103

“One mark of a great educator is the ability to lead students out to new places where even the educator has never been.”  -Thomas Groome

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Tolentine Hall, Room 103
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: 610.519.4520
Fax: 610.519.6200

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