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

Scott Dietrich, PhD, is an assistant professor of Physics.

Scott Dietrich, PhD, Receives Prestigious CAREER Grant from National Science Foundation

Scott Dietrich, PhD, an assistant professor of Physics, received an NSF CAREER grant, the most prestigious award supporting career-development activities for teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization.

MAY 21, 2020

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Jesse Couenhoven, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Humanities.

College Receives $3.9 million Templeton Foundation Grant

The three-year, $3.9 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation is the largest grant ever received in the College. It will fund a new research initiative directed by Jesse Couenhoven, PhD, professor in the Department of Humanities and the project’s principal investigator.

MAY 13, 2020

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College Inducts 80 students into Phi Betta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa (ΦBK) is a National Honors Fraternity for Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Its rigorous and comprehensive standards have made election to it a premier sign of excellence. 

MAY 11, 2020

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Pictured left is Massimo Faggioli, and pictured right is the cover of his new book.

Villanova Theology Professor’s New Book Examines the Global and Liminal Catholicism of Pope Francis

In his new book, The Liminal Papacy of Pope Francis: Moving Toward Global Catholicity, Massimo Faggioli, PhD, examines Pope Francis’ global papacy in today’s cultural and social media-driven world and unveils the importance of his “liminal” papacy. 

MAY 7, 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