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

Four types of masks

Villanova University Research Team Explores How COVID Masks Impact Speech

A team of psychologists from Villanova University has published research showing how various types of masks affect speech recognition in different levels of background noise.

FEBRUARY 24, 2021

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Featured speakers from left, Monical McWilliams, Brendan O'Leary and Rep. Brendan Boyle.

Villanova University’s Center for Irish Studies Presents “The Northern Ireland Peace Process after Brexit”

This one-day virtual symposium on Friday, March 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. brings together key figures from Northern Ireland and the US who have been at the forefront of the peace process, in both research and practice. 

FEBRUARY 19, 2021

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Hannah Khalil

Center for Irish Studies Fosters Powerful Conversations about Brexit, Literature, Irish Athletes and More in Spring 2021 Event Lineup

Villanova University’s Center for Irish Studies is offering a diverse array of events throughout the spring semester, fostering powerful conversations at the intersections of race, culture, politics and the creative arts.

FEBRUARY 12, 2021

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From left, Gerald Beyer and the cover of his new book, "Just Universities: Catholic Social Teaching Confronts Corporatized Higher Education"

Theology Professor’s New Book Addresses How Catholic Universities Can Create Environments More Conducive to Catholic Social Teaching

In Just Universities: Catholic Social Teaching Confronts Corporatized Higher Education, Gerald Beyer, PhD, argues that what he calls the “corporatization” of the university has affected US higher education in a number of ways.

FEBRUARY 11, 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