Graduates of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are passionately engaged in exciting careers around the globe . . . from Pulitzer Prize-winning writers to Golden Globe nominated actors and Broadway producers . . . from Rhodes Scholars and university presidents to professors and teachers across all levels . . . from medical doctors, scientists and nonprofit leaders to CEOs, entrepreneurs and innovators in many diverse fields.
Through critical thinking and problem solving skills developed at Villanova, CLAS alumni become shapers of our economy and culture. Through the integrated knowledge and fused thinking gained through their CLAS education, they enter their careers with an enormous capacity for creativity and innovation fueled by purposeful ambition. They have focused, nimble and intellectually courageous minds stirred by life-long learning skills that fuel successful careers and productive lives.
Yolana du Plessis '12
CFO Program Analyst, Deloitte
Majors: Global Interdisciplinary Studies and Political Science
Yolana du Plessis' double majors in Political Science and Global Interdisciplinary Studies (GIS) have served her well in the world of finance. Today she is an analyst in the Deloitte Chief Financial Officer program. Yolana's understanding of global financial issues has been vital in forging relationships with her clients. "In GIS we broke down, synthesized and thought critically about issues and came to conclusions and solutions," she says. "You can apply those skills to any field." She believes firmly in the value of her liberal arts education. "Today's companies need liberal arts majors."
Kelly Gremban '14
Technical Account Manager, Microsoft
Major: Computer Science
When she first arrived as a freshman, "I sampled everything - Communications, English, History, Philosophy, Computer Science and Astronomy," recalls Kelly. "Having the freedom to try so many things changed my life." She worked alongside professors on Computer Science research projects. After choosing a Computer Science major, she landed an internship with home shopping giant QVC. Her academic department sent her to a technology conference where she met a Microsoft recruiter. By December of her senior year, Kelly had received her full-time job with Microsoft.
Christopher Bell '13
Reports Analyst, Federal Reserve Bank
Majors: Economics and Political Science
When Christopher Bell was a senior, one of his professors helped him network with Cory Booker, then mayor of Newark, NJ. That meeting led to a position as lead policy intern for the City of Newark, where he worked on labor contracts and policy initiatives. When his internship ended, he accepted a full-time job as a reports analyst with the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. "My liberal arts education provided valuable networking opportunities and a strong foundation for my career," Christopher says.