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 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 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.

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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Artist’s impression of Barnard’s Star planet under the orange tinted light from the star. Credit: IEEC/Science-Wave – Guillem Ramisa

Villanova Astrophysicists Part of International Research Team that Discovers New Candidate Super-Earth Planet

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.

NOVEMBER 13, 2018

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Political Science professor Eric Lomazoff is pictured on the right, and the cover of his new book is pictured on the left.

Villanova Political Science Professor’s New Book Sheds Light on 40-Year Debate that Began with Two Founding Fathers

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.

NOVEMBER 7, 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