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."
Kristen Valosky '12
2015 Skadden Fellow
Georgetown University Law Center
Majors: Sociology and Honors
A third-year Public Interest Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center, Kristen is among a select group of 28 graduating law students and judicial clerks nationwide chosen as 2015 Skadden Fellows. The prestigious two-year fellowships support young lawyers as they begin their careers in public interest, delivering legal services to underserved populations. Through her Skadden Fellowship, Kristen will implement a medical-legal partnership between SeniorLAW Center in Philadelphia and LIFE (Living Independently for Elders) programs to address the health-harming legal needs of low-income seniors in order to provide more comprehensive care.
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.