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

Villanova alumnus Anthony Giacchino '92 CLAS (left) pictured during the production process with producer Alice Doyard (middle) and Colette Marin-Catherine (right). Credit: Photo by Dirk Richard Heidinger

Villanova University Alumnus Anthony Giacchino Wins Oscar for Best Documentary Short

“Colette” is a documentary about a 90-year-old woman, Colette Marin-Catherine, who travels back to Nazi Germany where, as a young girl, she fought the Nazis as a member of the French Resistance.

APRIL 29, 2021

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Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest Provides Funding for Students’ Summer Internships with Partner Historical Organizations

The competitive program offers a $3,000 stipend for undergraduate internships and a $4,000 stipend for graduate internships at partner organizations across the country. 

APRIL 20, 2021

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Matthew O’Reilly, PhD, assistant professor of Chemistry

Villanova Chemistry Professor Receives NIH Grant to Support Development of New Antibiotic Approaches

As the world continues to battle COVID-19, a growing bacterial resistance to the current available arsenal of antibiotics constitutes another major threat to public health in 2021.

APRIL 12, 2021

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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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AT A GLANCE

60+

GRADUATE STUDENTS PRESENT AT ACADEMIC CONFERENCES EACH YEAR

  

91.8%

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