College of

LIBERAL ARTS AND
SCIENCES

The CLAS community is happy to be back—both in person and virtually—for the fall semester.  I would like to thank everyone in advance for helping to ensure that we stay together: by committing to the common good and by taking the necessary precautions to protect the health and safety of students, faculty and staff.

- Dean Adele Lindenmeyr

Here is what you need to know:

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

STORIES OF DISCOVERY

COLLEGE NEWS

Warrior Class

Villanova University Social Justice Documentary Follows Philadelphia Veterans' Experiences, Transition to Civilian Life

Warrior Class, a new documentary produced by Villanova University students, focuses on three veterans from Philadelphia and their transition from service to civilian life.

NOVEMBER 11, 2020

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Steven F. McGuire, PhD, Appointed Director of Villanova University’s Matthew J. Ryan Center

Steven F. McGuire, PhD,  has been appointed director of the Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good, which promotes inquiry into the principles and processes of free government and seeks to advance understanding of the responsibilities of statesmen and stateswomen and citizens of constitutional democratic societies.

NOVEMBER 2, 2020

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Villanova University Awarded $377,595 NSF Grant for Mass Spectrometer to Enhance Chemistry Research and Education

Mass spectrometry is one of the key analytical methods used to identify and characterize small quantities of chemical species in complex samples. The new instrument will be housed in Mendel Science Center and will have an immediate impact on research and teaching.

OCTOBER 14, 2020

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Villanova University’s Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society announces 2020-21 WFI Research Grants

The Waterhouse Family Institute was founded on the principle that scholars, students, activists, and practitioners of communication have an important role to play in the ongoing struggle for social justice. One of the ways the Institute enacts this mission is through the annual funding of research grants.

OCTOBER 9, 2020

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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