Humanities Minor

Chair: Michael Tomko, Ph.D.
Office Location: 304 Saint Augustine Center
Telephone: 610-519-6165


The Department of Humanities offers a pioneering “Great Questions” liberal arts major, which guides students through an integrated, interdisciplinary exploration of what it means to live a good and truly human life. Through dynamic Humanities Seminars on God, the Human Person, the Natural World, and Society and a wide selection of engaging elective Humanities Courses, the curriculum draws on wisdom ancient and new to inquire into the human condition and to seek knowledge to live by.

With roots in the Augustinian Intellectual Tradition, Humanities encourages critical, constructive, and creative thinking about what is needed for human flourishing today; fosters intellectual fellowship and community among students and faculty; and prepares students for their vocation in life.

Humanities faculty are specialists in complementary disciplines, including theology, philosophy, literature, political science, history, architecture, and economic history. Both flexible and comprehensive, Humanities offers classes that fulfill multiple requirements for the Core Curriculum.

MINOR: Humanities (15 credits)

Humanities minors take two of the four Humanities Seminars on the “Great Questions”: God, the Human Person, the Natural World, and Society. Students craft their own path for completing the minor by choosing any combination of three elective Humanities Courses, two of which must be taken within the Department of Humanities.

There are no prerequisites for any Humanities classes. Humanities Seminars and elective Humanities Courses may be taken in any order. Many courses may fulfill Core Curriculum requirements.

Program Notes:

  • Courses that fulfill minor requirements may be used to fulfill other requirements (i.e., primary major, core curriculum, minors, concentrations, or free electives).
  • Two of the required Humanities Courses must have the HUM subject code.
Humanities Elective for Minor  +
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The above program requirements are applicable to students entering Summer 2024 and beyond. Please consult the appropriate archived catalog available on the homepage for years prior to these requirements. In order that programs offered by Villanova University reflect current advances and additions to knowledge and upgraded professional requirements, Villanova University reserves the right to change programs and requirements without prior notice. Students generally are bound to the requirements in effect and published online for the year in which their class begins its first year of study. Special requirements may be in effect for students who have left the University and are being readmitted. Students are advised to check with the web catalog or with their college offices regarding changes that may affect them. Additional academic information may be obtained from the various college offices and the web sites listed for the particular policies, programs and services found in this catalog. 





Curriculum Guide

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