True to its Augustinian identity, the Villanova classroom experience engages students and faculty members in a process, which integrates academics and service. It all begins during the first-year experience in the Augustine and Culture Seminar (ACS), where students study St. Augustine’s Confessions and other ancient and modern works. Students become part of the intellectual, social and spiritual community that promotes the common good and reflects upon the meaning of service.
It doesn’t end there, however, as Service Learning and the ideals of St. Thomas of Villanova are integrated into course offerings in all four colleges. Student research projects tackle global issues and educate underprivileged populations.
Programs such as Business Without Borders and Engineers Without Borders partner with developing communities worldwide in order to improve their quality of life. In the Social Justice Documentary class students spend the semester learning about film and then create documentaries that allow them to become advocates for important societal issues. Villanova student nurses conduct vision screenings in local elementary schools as part of public health service.
Whether it’s after-school events in the local community or service-break trips around the globe, the community benefits from the knowledge and skills that Villanova students gain through their coursework.