College of

LIBERAL ARTS AND
SCIENCES

DISCOVER YOUR PASSION

Biology professor and student working with high-resolution microscope.

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

Mary O'Donoghue

Mary O'Donoghue Named 2023 Charles A. Heimbold Jr. Chair of Irish Studies at Villanova University

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. 

JANUARY 25, 2023

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Grad students Jocelyn Bravo (right) and Cathilyn McIntosh (left) with Lab Manager, Tess Adgie (center) working in the field.

Villanova Biology Professors Receive $1 Million National Science Foundation Grant for Wetlands Research

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.”

JANUARY 23, 2023

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St. Thomas of Villanova Church on Villanova University's campus.

Villanova University Announces the Election of Six New Members to its Board of Trustees, Including Several CLAS Alumni

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.

JANUARY 20, 2023

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The Opus Prize and Villanova logo

Villanova University Chosen to Host Prestigious 2023 Opus Prize

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.

DECEMBER 12, 2022

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AT A GLANCE

60+

GRADUATE STUDENTS PRESENT AT ACADEMIC CONFERENCES EACH YEAR

  

97%

SUCCESSFUL PLACEMENT RATE
FOR CLASS OF 2021

  

14

FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS IN 2021 – 2022

  

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