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

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DEAN'S WELCOME

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CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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GRADUATE STUDIES

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STUDY ABROAD OPPORTUNITIES

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RESEARCH

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INTERNSHIPS

STORIES OF DISCOVERY

COLLEGE NEWS

Pictured left is Eugene McCarraher, PhD, and pictured right is the cover of his new book, The Enchantments of Mammon: How Capitalism Became the Religion of Modernity

Villanova Historian's New Book Explores Capitalism as a Religion

In The Enchantments of Mammon: How Capitalism Became the Religion of Modernity, Eugene McCarraher, PhD, associate professor of humanities, reveals how mammon ensnared us—and how we can find a more humane, sacramental way of being in the world.

DECEMBER 4, 2019

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Pictured are the seven student winners of the ACS writing awards.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Recognizes Outstanding Writing in Augustine and Culture Seminar for Fall 2019

Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences honored seven students for excellence in writing in the Augustine and Culture Seminar on Friday, November 22.

DECEMBER 2, 2019

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Villanova researchers analyze urban configurations in Philadelphia neighborhoods to figure out the city's air pollution problems.

Environmental Science Research Team Studies Philadelphia's Air Pollution

Philadelphia's individual neighborhoods can vary widely when it comes to air quality. Their different make-ups may shine a light on how to mitigate air pollution, according to ongoing research from Villanova’s Environmental Science program.

NOVEMBER 21, 2019

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A student presents at the graduate research symposium.

Graduate Student Work Showcased at First Research Symposium

This fall, 22 graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences took part in the Colleges’ first Graduate Student Research Symposium. Academic disciplines represented at the symposium included: Biology, Chemistry, English, Environmental Science, History, Philosophy and Psychology.

OCTOBER 25, 2019

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AT A GLANCE

60+

GRADUATE STUDENTS PRESENT AT ACADEMIC CONFERENCES EACH YEAR

  

96.9%

SUCCESSFUL PLACEMENT RATE
FOR CLASS OF 2018

  

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