COLLEGE OF

LIBERAL ARTS AND
SCIENCES

DISCOVER YOUR PASSION

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The oldest and largest of Villanova’s colleges, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers more than 40 academic programs and cultivates knowledge, understanding and intellectual courage for a purposeful life in a challenging and changing world.

CLAS undergraduate and graduate students can find opportunities for collaborative research and learning with faculty who are dedicated teacher-scholars and among the most distinguished in their fields. From pinpointing a protein that could hold a key to cancer screenings, to testing the impact of industry on local waterways, to critiquing creative writing alongside published novelists, each experience elevates learning and yields insights.

The College’s dynamic, integrated curriculum encourages creativity and innovation, developing critical thinkers, strong communicators and ethical leaders well positioned for diverse and interesting careers. With an emphasis on faculty-student engagement, experiential learning and a global perspective, CLAS is where students find their passion, path and purpose.

EXPLORE OUR PROGRAMS

BACHELOR'S

Pursue a degree from among more than 40 programs in the humanities, social sciences, math and sciences.

MASTER'S

Choose from more than 20 degrees, including online options in the humanities, social sciences, math and sciences.

DOCTORAL

Find out about our funded, full-time programs in philosophy and theology, and a part-time option in theology.

CERTIFICATE

Enhance your career with graduate certificates in humanities, social sciences, math and sciences, including online options.

MINOR

Complement your major and enjoy an even more interdisciplinary and diversified academic experience by adding a minor.

CURRICULUM

Prepare for a purposeful career with our undergraduate core curriculum, a foundation emphasizing communication and critical thinking.

THE COLLEGE EXPERIENCE

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DEAN'S WELCOME

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CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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GRADUATE STUDIES

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STUDY ABROAD OPPORTUNITIES

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RESEARCH

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INTERNSHIPS

STORIES OF DISCOVERY

COLLEGE NEWS

Nathaniel Weston, right, directs Juliette Foley, left, on using the spectrometer.

New Instrument Funded by NSF Expands Environmental and Ecosystems-Level Research at Villanova University

The National Science Foundation awarded Villanova University a Major Research Instrumentation grant for an inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer, significantly expanding research capabilities.

MAY 7, 2018

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Fifteen Villanovans won Fulbright grants

Fifteen Villanovans Win Prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Grants

Thriteen of the students are from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This marks the largest single-year number of Fulbright awardees in Villanova University’s history.

 

MAY 3, 2018

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This is one of three on-site telescopes in the Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science.

Astrophysicist Andrej Prsa, PhD, Awarded $450,000 Grant From NASA

Dr. Prsa, a world-renowned leader in stellar astrophysics, will use the grant to support his project “Sub-1% accuracy in fundamental stellar parameters of low-mass stars in triply eclipsing systems.”

APRIL 20, 2018

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Theology in dialogue is a podcast by graduate students at Villanova University

Ilia Delio, OSF, PhD, Talks About Studying Theology in an Unfinished Universe

In a two-part series of the Theology in Dialogue podcast, Sister Delio talks about the significance of modern science and cosmology for theological reflection today.

MARCH 16, 2018

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AT A GLANCE

60+

GRADUATE STUDENTS PRESENT AT ACADEMIC CONFERENCES EACH YEAR

  

95.6%

SUCCESSFUL PLACEMENT RATE
FOR CLASS OF 2017

  

11

FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS IN 2016-2017

  

70%

OF THE CLASS OF 2016
COMPLETED AN INTERNSHIP

  

200

STUDENTS COMPLETE A LAB OR FIELD RESEARCH PROJECT EACH YEAR

  

43%

OF THE CLASS OF 2017 STUDIED ABROAD

  

WHO WE ARE