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 left is Brett Grainger and pictured right is the cover of his new book.

New Book by Brett Malcolm Grainger, ThD Makes Key Contribution to American Religious History

Brett Malcolm Grainger, ThD, associate professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University, argues it was evangelical revivalists, not transcendentalists, who spiritualized the natural environment in his new book Church in the Wild: Evangelicals in Antebellum America.

JUNE 12, 2019

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Professor’s Book Intersecting Economics and Faith Awarded International Prize from Vatican

Economists and theologians would seem to inhabit different intellectual worlds. Mary Hirschfeld, PhD, associate professor of Economics and Theology in the Department of Humanities, successfully bridges the two in her book, Aquinas and the Market: Toward a Humane Economy.

JUNE 5, 2019

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Villanova University Celebrates the Class of 2019

Villanova University Celebrates the Class of 2019

Congratulations to the undergraduate and graduate students of the class of 2019! The University and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences celebrate the graduates at the University Commencement Ceremony and the College Convocation ceremony.

MAY 15, 2019

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Two Villanova University Students Named Goldwater Scholars

Julia Ferrante '20 CLAS, majoring in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience, and Alison Mody '20 CLAS, majoring in Biochemistry, recieved scholarships from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program, chosen from a group of more than 1,200 nominated students nationwide. 

MAY 14, 2019

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AT A GLANCE

60+

GRADUATE STUDENTS PRESENT AT ACADEMIC CONFERENCES EACH YEAR

  

96.9%

SUCCESSFUL PLACEMENT RATE
FOR CLASS OF 2018

  

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

  

43%

OF THE CLASS OF 2017 STUDIED ABROAD

  

WHO WE ARE