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 right is Cristina Soriano, PhD, and pictured left is the cover of her first book, "Tides of a Revolution."

Cristina Soriano, PhD, Publishes First Book Analyzing Politics and Literacy in Late-Colonial Venezuela

In her new book, Tides of Revolution, Cristina Soriano, PhD, associate professor of History and director of the Latin American Studies Program, offers an in-depth analysis of the links between politics and literacy, and how radical ideas spread without the benefit of mass communication.

DECEMBER 11, 2018

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Pictured from left are Paige Hanley ’21 CLAS, Gabriel Calvo ’21 CLAS, Cecilia Spesia ’21 CLAS, Jack Riedl ‘21 CLAS, Courtney McPheter ‘21 COE, Kate Newman ’21 CLAS.

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

Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences honored six students for excellence in writing in the Augustine and Culture Seminar, a two-semester humanities sequence that educates students in Augustinian inquiry through a study of ancient and modern texts and an intensive program of critical reading, writing and discussion.

DECEMBER 4, 2018

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Frank Klassner, right, and one of his students photograph the Pope's Redemptoris Mater Chapel.

Villanova University Team Designs 3-D Virtual Reality Tour of the Rarely-Seen Redemptoris Mater Chapel

Used exclusively by the Pope for prayer and to celebrate special masses for small gatherings, Vatican’s rarely-seen Redemptoris Mater Chapel is often called “the Sistine Chapel of the 21st Century.” Villanova Computing Sciences students and faculty were granted rare clearance to photograph it for use as part of a virtual reality tour—which is now available online. 

NOVEMBER 28, 2018

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Pictured right is Rachel J.D. Smith and pictured left is the cover of her new book, "Excessive Saints."

New Book Sheds Light on Work of Medieval Chronicler of Lives of 13th-Century "Holy Women”

They were brilliant, audacious and holy—and he brought them vividly to life. In her new book, Rachel J.D. Smith, PhD, Theology and Religious Studies, offers a new interpretation of medieval writer, preacher and theologian Thomas of Cantimpré's hagiographies on lay and religious women.

NOVEMBER 20, 2018

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Adele Lindenmeyr, PhD is dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Adele Lindenmeyr, PhD to Speak at International Forum for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies

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. 

NOVEMBER 14, 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

  

14

FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS IN 2018-2019

  

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