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

This is the book cover of "The Eight Female Emperors of Japan: A Brief Introduction to Their Lives and Legacies."

Masako Hamada, EdD, Translates Book on Eight Female Emperors of Japan

Masako Hamada, EdD, director of the Asian Studies program in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, provides a history of those women in the translated book, The Eight Female Emperors of Japan: A Brief Introduction to Their Lives and Legacies (Fuzambo International, 2018).

SEPTEMBER 17, 2018

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Villanova University Hosts Screenings of Student-Produced Social Justice Documentaries

Villanova University hosts screenings of two student-produced documentary filmsThe Mayor of Graterford, which examines prisoners sentenced to life in Pennsylvania’s justice system, and Sankofa, which explores systemic issues of identity loss and mental slavery in Ghana and the U.S. Monday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in Villanova University’s Connelly Center Cinema.

SEPTEMBER 13, 2018

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The Italian Catherine de' Medici was a fashion trendsetter in her time as Queen of France.

Fashion Forward: Villanova Italian Studies Presents Annual Lecture Series on Fashion and Beauty 

The Villanova University Italian Studies program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, directed by Luca Cottini, PhD, presents its fifth annual Italian lecture series, “Italian Fashion and the Pursuit of Beauty,” evaluating the intersection of art, fashion and beauty.

SEPTEMBER 11, 2018

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Peleg Kremer and Kabindra Shakya are professors in the Department of Geography and the environment.

Villanova Scientists Awarded $200,000 Grant from National Science Foundation

Peleg Kremer, PhD, and Kabindra Shakya, PhD, professors in the Department of Geography and the Environment at Villanova University, received a grant from the National Science Foundation to examine the relationship between urban structure, air and noise pollution in Philadelphia.

SEPTEMBER 10, 2018

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AT A GLANCE

60+

GRADUATE STUDENTS PRESENT AT ACADEMIC CONFERENCES EACH YEAR

  

95.6%

SUCCESSFUL PLACEMENT RATE
FOR CLASS OF 2017

  

13

FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS IN 2017-2018

  

70%

OF THE CLASS OF 2016
COMPLETED AN INTERNSHIP

  

200

STUDENTS COMPLETE A LAB OR FIELD RESEARCH PROJECT EACH YEAR

  

43%

OF THE CLASS OF 2017 STUDIED ABROAD

  

WHO WE ARE