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

Biology professor and student working with high-resolution microscope.

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

Raka Shome, PhD

Villanova Communication Professor Wins Prestigious Award for Research Program in Rhetoric and Public Address from the National Communication Association

Raka Shome, PhD, professor and the Harron Family Endowed Chair in Communication at Villanova University, has received the 2020 Douglas W. Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award from the National Communication Association.

SEPTEMBER 15, 2020

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Judith Giesberg, PhD

History Professor Judith Giesberg, PhD, Appointed Robert M. Birmingham Chair in the Humanities

Acclaimed historian Judith Giesberg, PhD, has been appointed the Robert M. Birmingham Chair in the Humanities in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, in recognition of her path-breaking research, national reputation, and commitment to the humanities.

SEPTEMBER 14, 2020

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From left, Ryan Jorn, PhD, assistant professor of Chemistry, and Jonathan Graziola, manager of IT operations for the College

CLAS Faculty and Staff Member Part of Villanova Research Team NSF Campus Cyberinfrastructure Grant

Ryan Jorn, PhD, assistant professor of Chemistry, and Jonathan Graziola, manager of IT operations for the College, are among the principal investigators on two-year, $397,196 National Science Foundation grant.

SEPTEMBER 9, 2020

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A photo of Princess Grace of Monaco sitting in her library in the Kelly House in East Falls, Philadelphia.

Irish Triad: Villanova’s Center for Irish Studies Partners with Monaco’s Princess Grace Irish Library and Philadelphia’s Kelly House

The Center for Irish Studies is helping carry on the late Princess Grace of Monaco's love of Irish literature and culture by forming an academic partnership with the Princess Grace Irish Library and the Kelly House in Philadelphia’s East Falls neighborhood. 

AUGUST 26, 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