DISCOVER YOUR PASSION
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
Villanova University selected Mary O'Donoghue, an award-winning Irish poet, fiction writer, editor and translator as the 2023 Charles A. Heimbold Jr. Chair of Irish Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for the spring semester.
Samantha Chapman, PhD, and Adam Langley, PhD, professors in the Department of Biology and two of the founding faculty of the Center of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Stewardship, are principal investigators on a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support their project, “The Interplay of Nitrogen Loading and Ecosystem Sustainability in Threatened Wetlands.”
Six new members were elected to Villanova’s Board of Trustees and joined the 36-member Board, effective January 1. The new members include three CLAS alumni: Susan M. DiLoreto ’80 CLAS, founder of SMSD Designs, LLC; the Rev. Joseph Mostardi, OSA, DMin, ’72 CLAS, Pastor of Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish in Bryn Mawr, Pa.; and the Rev. Donald F. Reilly, OSA, ’71 CLAS, Senior Advisor for Mission & Philanthropy at Malvern Preparatory School in Malvern, Pa.
The Opus Foundation has selected Villanova University to host the 2023 Opus Prize, an annual faith-based humanitarian award—whose $1 million award and two $100,000 prizes make up one of the world's largest faith-based awards for social entrepreneurship.
AT A GLANCE
GRADUATE STUDENTS PRESENT AT ACADEMIC CONFERENCES EACH YEAR
SUCCESSFUL PLACEMENT RATE
FOR CLASS OF 2021
FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS IN 2021 – 2022
of students seeking an internship participated in at least one
STUDENTS COMPLETE A LAB OR FIELD RESEARCH PROJECT EACH YEAR
of students seeking an international experience participated in at least one