Humanities, B.A.

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


The Department of Humanities offers a coordinated series of seminars and courses designed to inquire into the human condition from an interdisciplinary perspective. Drawing on wisdom ancient and new, the curriculum encourages critical thinking about what is needed for human flourishing. Humanities faculty are specialists in complementary disciplines, including theology, philosophy, literature, political science, history, economics, and architectural history. Humanities courses fulfill certain requirements for the Core Curriculum of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

MAJOR (30 credits)

The Humanities major requires the completion of ten courses. All majors are required to take the four Gateway courses. In their final semester students also take the Senior Symposium. Students also take five free electives, three of which must be taken within the Department of Humanities.

Program Notes:

  • Three of the five humanities electives must have the HUM subject code.

Required Major Courses:

Item #
Humanities Elective for B.A.  +


The above program requirements are applicable to students entering Fall 2021. Please consult the appropriate archived handbook 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. 




Bachelor of Arts