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

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Villanova Student Conducting Research on SEA Semester Sail to Remote Phoenix Islands

Biology major Sherie Yang is part of a select group of undergraduates from diverse U.S. and international colleges and universities on the voyage, conducting research aimed at protecting rare coral wilderness.

 

JULY 12, 2018

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Theology Professor’s Book Recognized by Catholic Press Association

Theology Professor's Book Recognized by Catholic Press Association

Massimo Faggioli, PhD, professor of Theology in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has received a 2018 Catholic Press Association award for his book Catholicism and Citizenship: Political Cultures of the Church in the Twenty-First Century (Liturgical Press, 2017).

JUNE 28, 2018

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Maritime earwigs are a larger and more powerful cousin to the common European earwig you might find in your backyard.

"What Do Earwigs Do With Those Pincers Anyway?" Vikram Iyengar, PhD, Biology, talks to PBS's KQED

Dr. Iyengar studies sexual selection in insects, and his research was recently highlighted as part of “Deep Look," a science and nature video series from PBS Digital Studios that explores animal behavior .

JUNE 26, 2018

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Christine Palus, PhD, Named Dean of the College of Professional Studies

Christine Palus, PhD, Named Dean of the College of Professional Studies

Chrstine Palus, PhD, is a visionary academic leader dedicated to continuing the University’s long-standing tradition of service to adult learners. She will continue to serve as dean of Graduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in addition to serving as the new dean of the College of Professional Studies.

JUNE 25, 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

  

11

FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS IN 2016-2017

  

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