2020-2021 COMMUNITAS Themes

Campus

Students in COMMUNITAS commit to living in a residential community on south campus for their first year at Villanova. In COMMUNITAS, they'll take the Augustine and Culture Seminar (ACS) with their hallmates, are offered co-curricular opportunities and field trips with faculty, and take a one-credit workshop style course on one of several offered themes.

The one-credit workshop meets in a casual setting, often in a residence hall lounge. The workshop provides students the opportunity to learn practical knowledge about topics that matter in today's world through experiential activity and discussion.

COMMUNITAS INFORMATIONAL VIDEOS:

Art and Culture

Global Perspectives

Creative Writing

Healthy Living

Environ. Leadership

Leadership

Faith and Reason

Caritas: Service

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR THEMES FOR 2020-2021:

Art and Culture

Art and Culture

Who am I in relation to the arts?

Students Explore:
• Culture through the ages
• Off-campus performances, museums, art galleries

Faith and Reason

Faith and Reason

How does faith inform life?

Students Explore:
• Evolving through your faith journey
• Theories of faith development
• Different religious traditions

Leadership

Leadership

What is my purpose and passion?

Students Explore:
• Leadership styles and theories
• Self-reflection and mission definition
• Collaborative and cooperative service

Caritas

Caritas: Service Learning

What is my responsibility to my neighbor and the world?

Students Explore:
• Seeking truth through service
• Values in action

The Caritas: Service Learning community includes:

  • Participating in the Augustine and Culture Seminar (ACS) together.
  • A one-credit reflection group that meets weekly for 50 minutes.
  • 3-hours of community service/week.

Additionally, Caritas: Service Learning is limited to those who are enrolled in the Arts in College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) or the Villanova School of Business (VSB). 

Creative Writing

Creative Writing

How can I express myself through writing?

Students Explore:
• The craft of poetry and fiction
• Creative as well as critical expression

Global Perspectives

Global Perspectives

Who am I in relation to the world?

Students Explore:
• Sharing of diverse ideas
• Conversations across cultures
• Contemporary global issues

Science, Inquiry and Self

Science, Inquiry, and Self

Where do science and the humanities intersect?

Students Explore:
• Inquiry into fundamental questions through a science lens
• Human orgins and destinations

Environmental Leadership

Environmental Leadership

Who am I within the natural world?

Students Explore:
• Impactful issues and innovations 
• Current and evolving views of nature
• Urban farms, eco-friendly products

Healthy Living

Healthy Living

How can I live a balanced lifestyle?

Students Explore:
• Identifying credible health sources
• Healthy lifestyle choices
• Individual health impact on community

Social Justice and Inclusivity

Social Justice and Inclusivity

How do I inspire a just and open society?

Students Explore:
• Definitions of social justice
• Igniting change on and off campus
• Marginalized identities and experiences