College of

LIBERAL ARTS AND
SCIENCES

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

Deena Weisberg

Villanova Professor’s New Book Challenges Current Conceptions About Scientific Thinking Development in Children

In "Constructing Science: Connecting Causal Reasoning to Scientific Thinking in Young Children," co-authors Deena Weisberg, PhD, Villanova University, and David Sobel, PhD, Brown University, trace the ways children’s causal reasoning combine with other factors to develop into scientific thinking.

OCTOBER 5, 2022

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Georgia Papaefthymiou, PhD

Villanova Professor Considers Small Particles on a Large Scale in New Book

Physics professor Georgia Papaefthymiou, PhD, explores how nanomagnetism, a developing field of nanoscience, can be applied across disciplines to dramatically shape the world of physics, health care and biology in her new book Nanomagnetism: An Interdisciplinary Approach.

SEPTEMBER 30, 2022

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A picture of a student reading St. Augustine's "Confessions."

Villanova’s Augustine and Culture Seminar Program Celebrates 30th Year

The Augustine and Culture Seminar, a two-semester, first-year seminar course rooted in Augustinian and Catholic intellectual traditions, celebrates its 30th anniversary this academic year with special events and commemorative moments including a marquee lecture this fall.

SEPTEMBER 26, 2022

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Judy Giesberg

Villanova History Professor Judith Giesberg, PhD, Receives $60,000 Fellowship from National Endowment for the Humanities

Judith Giesberg, PhD, received a 2022 National Endowment Public Scholars Fellowship, including $60,000 in funding for one year to support her project “Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery."

SEPTEMBER 12, 2022

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AT A GLANCE

60+

GRADUATE STUDENTS PRESENT AT ACADEMIC CONFERENCES EACH YEAR

  

97%

SUCCESSFUL PLACEMENT RATE
FOR CLASS OF 2021

  

14

FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS IN 2021 – 2022

  

91%

of students seeking an internship participated in at least one

  

200

STUDENTS COMPLETE A LAB OR FIELD RESEARCH PROJECT EACH YEAR

  

92%

of students seeking an international experience participated in at least one

  

WHO WE ARE