Environmental Leadership Learning Community

3 students facing the sun and raising their V

Students will develop a deep understanding of why and how we can be stewards of the world around us. Students in Environmental Leadership will:

  • Take a specially-designed section of the humanities seminar Augustine and Culture  (ACS) with other students in their Experience community, focusing holistically on the question of "Who Am I" in relation to the natural environment and human culture
  • Learn how the natural world has been perceived in the western world over time and consider how our views of nature shift and evolve.
  • Read a wide variety of ancient and modern texts ranging from philosophy to religion, science, poetry, and fiction, and also explore current music and films.
  • Participate in a one-credit workshop style class that meets weekly in the residence hall, called Villanova Experience (VEXP), which will explore:   
    • Effective ways to communicate about a variety of issues relevant to the first-year college experience
    • Current issues, practices, and innovations that impact the natural world
    • Ways in which both local and larger communities can care for the natural world
    • Opportunities to work in small groups
  • Live together in Katharine Hall on south campus
  • Enjoy an enriched academic and co-curricular experience because of student and faculty interactions in and out of the classroom, creating a stronger community for first-year students.  Activities outside of the classroom include "movie and pizza" nights, on-campus lectures and special events, and off-campus fieldtrips to locations such as organic urban farms, eco-housing developments, and manufacturers of eco-friendly products.

Being in Environmental Leadership means ...

Professors who are committed to learning in and out of class

Dynamic weekly conversations with your classmates about issues that matter

Community within your hall ... strong friendships that last a lifetime

Connections to faculty, administrators, Junior or Senior students, campus life, and your own classmates

Learn about environmental issues and their impact on the well-being of the natural world and people

Explore ways to be more "green"

Engage the community in socially responsible strategies to repair and protect the natural environment


About the Community

Students selected will be enrolled in designated sections of ACS and of VEXP that correspond to their Learning Community theme, along with the appropriate housing assignment.  Learning Communities are open to all first-year students in all colleges.  The one-credit VEXP class is an addition to the normal course load, and runs from the beginning of Fall semester until Spring Break.  It is designed not to interfere with other academic requirements.