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

STORIES OF DISCOVERY

COLLEGE NEWS

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Villanova University Launches Center for Political Theology with Inaugural Event on Oct. 21

As national interest in the intersection of religious and political ideas is on the rise, Villanova University is launching the Center for Political Theology, directed by Vincent Lloyd, PhD.

SEPTEMBER 15, 2021

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12th Annual Lore Kephart Lecture Series Features Seth Koven, PhD

Seth Koven, PhD, the G.E. Lessing Distinguished Professor of History and Poetics at Rutgers University, is the featured speaker at the twelfth annual Lore Kephart ’86 Distinguished Historians Lecture on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 7 p.m. in The John and Joan Mullen Center for the Performing Arts.

SEPTEMBER 2, 2021

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Political Science Professor’s New Book Smashes Stereotypes About Prohibition as an American-Only Phenomenon

Mark Lawrence Schrad, PhD, associate professor of Political Science in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, offers an international history of alcohol prohibition in his new book "Smashing the Liquor Machine."

AUGUST 26, 2021

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Villanova University’s Lepage Center Launches “Turning Points in History” Event Series

The Albert Lepage Center for History in Public Interest at Villanova University will kick off its 2021 – 2022 event series about “Turning Points in History” on Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. on Zoom with a keynote address by Dipesh Chakrabarty, PhD.

AUGUST 24, 2021

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AT A GLANCE

60+

GRADUATE STUDENTS PRESENT AT ACADEMIC CONFERENCES EACH YEAR

  

90.2%

SUCCESSFUL PLACEMENT RATE
FOR CLASS OF 2020

  

25

FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS IN 2019-2020

  

91%

of students seeking an internship participated in at least one

  

200

STUDENTS COMPLETE A LAB OR FIELD RESEARCH PROJECT EACH YEAR

  

92%

of students seeking an international experience participated in at least one

  

WHO WE ARE