One Credit Workshops


W 4:30-5:45PM

Personal finance is an important life skill, and after graduation, you will be responsible for your own money. Have you ever heard of a celebrity who made millions during their professional life, only to face retirement with mountains of debt or bankruptcy? Solid personal financial management is critical to functioning in today’s society and does not need to be a daunting topic. This course surveys topics like budgeting, living on your own, saving for that dream car, house, and vacation, responsible use of credit cards, investing for retirement, and a host of other topics. This activities-based class is designed to introduce students to the financial topics they will face as new graduates and young professionals and to give them the tools to conquer those challenges effectively and in line with their needs and values so that they can build the lives they want. 

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HON 5410-001 Intro to Guitar I

T 4:30-5:45PM

“Music washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – W.F. Corgill

In this workshop students will learn chords, chord progressions, several different strums, and learn some basic theory as it applies directly to the guitar.  Students will learn to play popular folk, pop, rock and country songs.  This workshop is for beginning students or a refresher for the rusty.  Students must bring an acoustic or electric guitar.

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HON 5410-002 Intro to Guitar II

M 4:30-5:45PM

“Music is the weapon in the war against unhappiness.” – Jason Mraz

Bring more happiness and joy into your life by making some beautiful music.  This workshop picks up where the Intro to Guitar course left off.  Students will improve their skills, increase their repertoire, build more confidence, explore more advanced concepts that will allow them to play anywhere on the guitar neck.  Come ready to learn more chords, more strums, and more skills that will allow you to play folk, pop, rock and blues tunes more competently and with greater freedom.

Prerequisite: Intro to Guitar I or Professor’s permission.

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HON 5410-003 Intro to Piano

R 4:00-5:15

This workshop focuses on basic piano skills, music terminology, and music theory.  Taught in a dedicated music computer lab, this course is mostly hand-on learning with ample time in front of the piano keyboard.   A variety of beginner piano techniques will be taught and students will be able to play simple versions of many traditional and popular songs upon completion of the course.  

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VEXP 0001-HON Culture Leadership Workshop

R 4:30-5:30 PM

The Culture Leadership Workshop one-credit class provides students with the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of themselves, others, and what it means to be a leader in any setting. The class is designed to build skills and to build a culture of solidarity and community in Caughlin Hall as you live and learn with your hall mates.

Our Leadership class is a continuation of this semester, with the “one credit” ending in February. Open only to students who participated in the first semester of the class. Students will be pre-registered.

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HON 5440-100: Poetry Workshop at the Barnes

Mary Catherine Staples
F 5:00 PM-9:00 PM, S 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, U 11-00AM-2:00PM

Dr. Barnes’ collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings will be the centerpiece for this one-weekend, poetry writing workshop. From Cezanne’s card players and Picasso’s acrobats to Matisse’s storytelling interiors—we’ll let the details of paintings “tease us out of thought.” Why did Picasso identify with street acrobats and performers? What are we to make of the “still-lifes” within paintings by Matisse? The workshop begins on Friday afternoon in the Honors seminar room with exercises in memory & observation. On Saturday morning, we’ll take the train into Philadelphia and spend the day at the Barnes Foundation on the parkway. We will write our way through the galleries, using the paintings as well as the ensembles of quirky objects—keys, hinges, and locked chests—as entry points for our own poems. On Sunday, we will gather to share new work over coffee, tea, bagels & banana bread.  Limited tickets; please sign up early.

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HON 5300-002: Buddhism for Today

John Immerwahr
T 4:30 PM- 5:45 PM


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HON 5400-100: Mindfulness Meditation Immersion

Kimberly Reilly
F 6:00 PM-9:00 PM, S 11:00 AM-4:00 PM, U 12:00 PM-5:00 PM

Mindfulness is a facultative state that promotes increased creativity, flexibility, clarity, resilience, and peace of mind.  Mindfulness meditation practices are simple yet powerful ways of transforming our everyday lives. These practices can help us to reduce stress, overcome obstacles, achieve goals, and engage more deeply with the world around us. This immersive weekend retreat offers a practical, experiential, and theoretical introduction to mindfulness meditation and contemplative practices. This program is suitable for individuals wanting to deepen their knowledge and personal practices of meditation (including students who have taken the full semester Mindfulness Meditation course) and/or students with some preliminary experience in mindfulness-based practices. Topics covered and practices explored: science of mindfulness/stress, everyday mindfulness, breathwork, seated meditation, yoga, journaling, walking meditation, mantras, mandalas, and compassion meditation. Using breath, movement, and meditation, you will develop a mind-body tool kit to establish the groundwork for a sustainable home practice. 

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Villanova University
Garey Hall 106
800 Lancaster Ave.
Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: 610.519.4650
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