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

MPA students Melissa Bailey, Kami Umbaugh and Rob Rosano are pictured here.

MPA Student Part of Winning Regional Team in Global Public Policy Simulation Competition

Three students in Villanova University’s online Master of Public Administration program participated in the global 2020 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition on Sustainable Cities and Communities on March 7 at the University of Albany, with one student taking top honors as part of the winning team in the region.

MARCH 31, 2020

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Massimo Faggioli is a professor of theology and religious studies.

"Coronavirus, social distancing and the company of the faith," Massimo Faggioli writes in National Catholic Reporter

This is an extraordinary moment for the world as well as for the church. In some sense, it is truly unprecedented for the impact it is having on religious life, not only on the Catholic Church. 

MARCH 13, 2020

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Travis M. Foster, PhD, is an associate professor of English.

Villanova Professor’s New Book Examines Effects of Literary Genre on White Supremacy in the Post-emancipation US  

At a time when white supremacy is front and center in US headlines, English professor Travis Foster, PhD, is tackling the topic from a fresh perspective in a new book, Genre and White Supremacy in the Postemancipation United States.

FEBRUARY 24, 2020

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Stewart Kwoh is the 2020 recipient of the Praxis Award in Professional Ethics.

Villanova University Presents 2020 Praxis Award in Professional Ethics  to Social Justice Champion and Human Rights Activist Stewart Kwoh, Esq.

Stewart Kwoh, Esq., founder of the nation’s largest Asian-American Civil Rights organization, is the recipient of the 2020 Praxis Award in Professional Ethics.

FEBRUARY 20, 2020

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AT A GLANCE

60+

GRADUATE STUDENTS PRESENT AT ACADEMIC CONFERENCES EACH YEAR

  

95.4%

SUCCESSFUL PLACEMENT RATE
FOR CLASS OF 2019

  

25

FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS IN 2019-2020

  

77.3%

OF THE CLASS OF 2018 
COMPLETED AN INTERNSHIP

  

200

STUDENTS COMPLETE A LAB OR FIELD RESEARCH PROJECT EACH YEAR

  

46%

OF THE CLASS OF 2019 STUDIED ABROAD

  

WHO WE ARE