Department of Humanities and Augustinian Traditions
June 30, 2003
This new department has as its mission to inquire into the human condition
and culture from an interdisciplinary perspective. It is grounded in the
conviction that these questions can be investigated critically and
intelligently from the standpoint of faith that seeks understanding.
The department will be chaired Dr. Thomas W. Smith, who will hold a joint
appointment with the Department of Political Science. Dr. Smith will also
be responsible for the new concentration called Augustine in Dialogue with
Faith and Culture. Both initiatives are important components of
Villanova's mission to cultivate in our students an Augustinian sense of
the goal of their education – to know the world and praise its Creator.
Kail C. Ellis, OSA
Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences