Learning Goals and Objectives

Intellectual Development

  • Humanities graduates will be dedicated to the joys of inquiry and wisdom.
  • Humanities graduates will demonstrate their knowledge of: (1) major questions about the human person; (2) how these questions have been broached from the perspective of various academic disciplines; (3) how these interdisciplinary questions can be integrated through the guiding disciplines of theology and philosophy; (4) and how insights from the classical and Augustinian Catholic traditions can be brought into dialogue with the contemporary world.
  • Humanities graduates will demonstrate the following skills: (1) critical and sympathetic analysis that enables them to read texts with understanding, precision, and insight; (2) clear and responsible thinking about complex questions; (3) articulate argumentation expressed fluently in (a) writing and (b) speech. 

Personal and Emotional Development

  • Humanities graduates will reflect on their life’s work as a vocation and demonstrate and a sustained appreciation of learning, beauty, truth, and wisdom in that vocation.
  • Humanities graduates will take with them habits of inquiry that enable them to continue a pursuit of wisdom in their chosen path of life. 

Social and Cultural Development

  • The Department of Humanities is a scholarly community of students and faculty.  Humanities graduates will contribute to the growth and further development of our intellectual culture.
  • Outside of the classroom, Humanities graduates will form friendships and hold lively conversation centered on intellectual issues.
  • Humanities graduates will participate in co-curricular events that are organized by the department in light of its mission and intended to enhance graduates’ cultural, intellectual and social lives. 

Spiritual and Moral Development

  • Humanities graduates will express a mature understanding of self and humanity in relation to God and will inquire into the good in all facets of human life.

  • Humanities graduates will understand their lives with regards to (1) major arguments in the Gateway courses regarding the human person, God, society, and the world and (2) more specific—but related—topics raised in their elective courses.



Contact Us

Department of Humanities

St. Augustine Center Room 304
Villanova University 
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085 
Phone: 610.519.6165
Fax: 610.519.5307
Email: humanities@villanova.edu 

Chairperson: Dr. Mark Shiffman
Administrative Assistant: Luisa Ruggieri