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

Assistant professor of physics, Joey Neilsen

Astronomers Image Magnetic Fields at the Edge of M87’s Black Hole

To observe the heart of the M87 galaxy, the The Event Horizon Telescope collaboration linked eight telescopes around the world, in coordination with time on ground and space telescopes secured by members of the EHT Multiwavelength Working Group, including assistant professor of physics, Joey Neilsen, PhD.

MARCH 24, 2021

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Katharine Hayhoe

Renowned Climate Scientist Katharine Hayhoe, PhD Addresses Christianity, Climate, and Culture as Keynote Lecturer of Villanova’s Earth Day Celebration

On Thursday, April 22 at 5:30 p.m. renowned climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, PhD, an endowed professor in Public Policy and Public Law and co-director of the Climate Center at Texas Tech University, presents “Christians, Climate, and our Culture in the US” as a part of Villanova University’s annual Earth Day celebration.

MARCH 12, 2021

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Stewart Kwoh

Ethics Program Celebrates 2020 Praxis Award in Professional Ethics Recipient Stewart Kwoh, Esq.

Delayed by the pandemic, the Ethics Program will celebrate the life and work of the 2020 Praxis Award in Professional Ethics recipient Stewart Kwoh in a webinar on Wednesday, April 7, from 4:30 – 6 p.m. The webinar will be an exploration of the challenges and opportunities of the US immigration system today.

MARCH 9, 2021

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Andrew Liu, left, and the cover of his book, "Tea War: A History of Capitalism in China and India"

Tense Teatime: History Professor’s Book Explores the Competition between Chinese and Indian Tea Industries

In his new book, "Tea War: A History of Capitalism in China and India," Andrew Liu, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of History, explores the significance of tea in the economic history of China and south Asia.

MARCH 1, 2021

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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