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 Analysit, 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."
Erin Weaver '13
Staff Reporter, Montgomery Media
Working as a summer intern at Sports Illustrated, majoring in English with a Writing and Rhetoric concentration and joining the staff of the University newspaper, The Villanovan, all helped Erin land a a full-time job in journalism upon graduation. She also interned at Philadelphia magazine during her junior year of college and tutored at the University Writing Center. “I landed both of my editorial internships through Villanova networking opportunities,” Erin says. “My current position as a multimedia journalist with Montgomery Media is the direct result of networking and being active in organizations on Villanova's campus.”
JJ Outlaw '06
Video Coordinator, Los Angeles Lakers
For JJ Outlaw, a typical day on the job includes everything from video editing to advance scouting to working out with players on the basketball court. Before landing with the LA Lakers, he was an assistant coach for Marist University. "When I chose Communication as my major, I didn't realize how broad a spectrum it would be," he says. "The coursework was challenging and forced me to grow. The ability to communicate effectively is so important in my business." His ultimate goal is to be an NBA head coach or general manager.