DISCOVER YOUR PASSION
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
THE COLLEGE EXPERIENCE
CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE
STUDY ABROAD OPPORTUNITIES
STORIES OF DISCOVERY
They were brilliant, audacious and holy—and he made it his mission to bring them vividly to life. Eight centuries ago, a Roman Catholic medieval writer, preacher and theologian wrote important hagiographies on lay and religious women in the Low Countries. Today, Rachel J.D. Smith, PhD, Theology and Religious Studies, offers a new interpretation of Thomas’ works in her book Excessive Saints: Gender, Narrative, and Theological Invention in Thomas of Cantimpré.
Dean Adele Lindenmeyr, PhD, Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will be a panelist at the 50th annual Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies Convention, an international forum that attracts scholars from around the world, on Dec. 6 - 9 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Two Villanova University astrophysicists are part of an international team of researchers that has discovered a candidate super-Earth planet orbiting the second nearest star system to the Earth.
The rap duel between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson in the Broadway hit Hamilton popularized what is known as the national bank controversy, but the 40-year constitutional debate was much more dynamic than a two-sided argument. In his new book, Reconstructing the National Bank Controversy, Eric Lomazoff, PhD presents a more robust and nuanced account of the controversy.
AT A GLANCE
GRADUATE STUDENTS PRESENT AT ACADEMIC CONFERENCES EACH YEAR
SUCCESSFUL PLACEMENT RATE
FOR CLASS OF 2017
FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS IN 2017-2018
OF THE CLASS OF 2016
COMPLETED AN INTERNSHIP
STUDENTS COMPLETE A LAB OR FIELD RESEARCH PROJECT EACH YEAR
OF THE CLASS OF 2017 STUDIED ABROAD