Villanova Integrated Academics (VIA) Certificate Program

The Office of the Provost is offering a new integrated curriculum certificate program—Villanova Integrated Academics (VIA). VIA courses will 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. Students who complete six credits within a VIA specialization will receive a certificate designation.

Beginning with the first cohort in fall 2018, VIA courses are open to all Villanova undergraduates, will fulfill elective requirements and will expose students to new industries and opportunities in an experiential setting. Three VIA specializations will be offered during the fall 2018 semester.

To be a part of this innovative new program, interested students should meet with their academic advisors.

Fall 2018 VIA Specializations:

Digital Life: The Criminology, Economics, Ethics, and the Technology of Cybersecurity

Our lives are profoundly digital in nature, but what are the fundamental mechanisms and consequences that characterize this digital life? What does it mean to be a digital human in an increasingly digital society? The VIA Digital Life specialization explores how digital evolution is leading us to a new way of being human.

Prerequisites: NONE

Required courses to complete the six-credit certificate: 

  • VIA 1111: Digital Life Experiences I (1.5 credits) — Multidisciplinary examination of personal experiences and consequences of living digitally today. Offered fall 2018 on Wednesdays, 6-7:15 p.m.
  • VIA 1112: Digital Life Experiences II (1.5 credits)—Multidisciplinary examination of society's communal dependence on, and usage of, interconnected digital resources.  
  • VIA 2111: Digital Life Technology I (1.5 credits) —Multidisciplinary exploration of technology and design concepts that support a modern digital life, with an emphasis on cybersecurity principles and techniques. 
  • VIA 2112: Digital Life Technology II (1.5 credits) —Multidisciplinary group-based exploration of digital life technology and design concepts, with an emphasis on cybersecurity principles and techniques applied to systems of interconnected computers, networks, devices, and people. 

Founding Faculty

  • Randy Weinstein, PhD, Associate Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning
  • James Solderitsch, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Xiaofang (Maggie) Wang, PhD, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Henry Carter, PhD, Assistant Professor, Computer Science
  • Edward Kim, PhD, Assistant Professor, Computer Science
  • Donald (Justin) Price, Adjunct Professor, Computer Sciences and FBI
  • Kelly Welch, PhD, Associate Professor, Sociology and Criminology
  • Stephen Andriole, PhD, Thomas G. Labrecque Professor of Business Technology
  • Michael Risch, JD, Associate Dean of Faculty Research and Development and a Professor of Law
  • Noel Dolan, Director of Academic Learning Communities and Instructor, Augustine & Culture Seminar
  • Paul Fournier, Assistant Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer
  • Paul Borchardt, Adjunct Professor, Computer Science

Building What Matters: Exploring the Issues (Historical, Environmental, Economic, Real Estate, and Architectural) that Influence the Built Environment

Students will examine how the built environment—architecture, urban planning and human interventions in the natural world—dramatically shapes how we live in and engage with the world, and how it can create good in our communities. 

Prerequisites: NONE 

Required courses to complete the six-credit certificate:

  • VIA 1131: Introduction to Building What Matters (1.5 credits)—Overview of the development process and environmental concerns with the built environment. Offered fall 2018 on Wednesdays, 1:30 - 2:45 pm.
  • VIA 1132: Introduction to the Built Environment: Landscape and Society (1.5 credits)—Expand students’ idea of what constitutes the built environment—spaces, people and networks, in addition to buildings and landscapes.
  • VIA 2133: Readings in the Built Environment (3 credits) —Seminar on key writings in the built environment, covering historic preservation; urban planning; social issues; and the role of the architect, planner, developer, preservationist and activist in society.  

Founding Faculty

  • Shawn Howton, PhD, Professor, Finance
  • Peleg Kremer, PhD, Assistant Professor, Geography and the Environment
  • Margaret Grubiak, PhD, Associate Professor, Architectural History
  • Whitney Martinko, PhD, Assistant Professor, History
  • Tony Ziccardi, Adjunct Professor, Finance
  • Charles Davidson, Visiting Professor, Finance
  • Jessica Taylor, Director, The Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate

Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship for Every Major and Everyone

The VIA Innovation specialization challenges students to build a foundation in innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship that can be applied to learning in any academic discipline. Students will learn how to turn ideas into action as they become the creative problem solvers our world needs.

Prerequisites: NONE

Required courses to complete the six-credit certificate:

  • VIA 1121: Creativity (1.5 credits) —Foundation of creative approaches and techniques to apply in any academic or professional endeavor to become a creative problem solver. Offered fall 2018 on Friday, Sept. 7, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 8 and Sunday Sept. 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • VIA 1122: Innovation (1.5 credits) —Interactive workshops, lectures, case studies, and exercises explore innovative behaviors and applications.
  • VIA 2121: Entrepreneurship (1.5 credits) —Survey of entrepreneurial ventures and firms through site visits and on campus interactions with founders.
  • VIA 2122: Idea Generation and Testing (1.5 credits) —Part seminar and part workshop, students utilize innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship to find a breakthrough.

Founding Faculty

  • Jerusha Conner, PhD, Associate Professor, Education and Counseling
  • Robert Beck, PhD, Professor, Computer Sciences
  • Sunny Hollowell, PhD, Assistant Professor, Nursing
  • Ed Dougherty, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • II Luscri, Executive Director, ICE Institute and Assistant Vice Provost, Center and Institutes
  • James Klinger, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Management
  • Pankaj Patel, PhD, Associate Professor, Management

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