About the College


At the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), you'll find intellectual challenge, a diverse academic experience and clear paths to what you want to do. The oldest and largest of Villanova's colleges—with 39 majors across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences—CLAS is designed to foster critical thinking, inspire creative solutions for a challenging and changing world and prepare you for a fulfilling career.

With our emphasis on the teacher-scholar model, our outstanding faculty offer you renowned subject matter expertise, focus, guidance, possibilities for mentored undergraduate research and more.  


From on-site scientific data gathering in Costa Rica and Alaska, to uncovering the past right here in Philadelphia, you'll have the chance to be part of exciting research teams.

You'll also find internships with Fortune 500 firms and cultural institutions, career-oriented study abroad opportunities and more—all you need to pinpoint where you want to go and how to get there.  



CLAS Fast Facts

For 2015-2016 CLAS has:

  • 39 majors, 18 interdisciplinary concentrations
  • 14 Bachelor's/Master's programs
  • 21 Master's programs
  • 45 certificate programs
  • PhD programs in Philosophy and Theology
  • 9 Fulbright scholars, 1 Marshall Scholar, 1 Truman Scholar

Class of 2015:

  • 36% studied abroad, including 44% of Arts majors and 22% of Science majors
  • 211 students completed internships for academic credit
  • More than 300 CLAS graduates completed faculty-mentored independent research projects

CLAS Faculty Facts:

  • Number of full-time faculty: 407
  • 91% of faculty possess a terminal degree
  • 83% of our faculty are full-time