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

Villanova University's Theatre and History Departments present “Last Seen: Voices from Slavery’s Lost Families."

Villanova Community Performs “Last Seen: Voices from Slavery’s Lost Families” on Feb. 18

After the Civil War, emancipated slaves searched for these lost loved ones by placing hopeful and often-heartbreaking newspaper ads. Villanova University’s Department of Theatre and Department of History present a dramatic reading of the ads during “Last Seen: Voices from Slavery’s Lost Families” on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019 at 8 p.m. at Villanova Theatre in Vasey Hall.

JANUARY 14, 2019

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Pictured right is professor Vincent Lloyd and pictured right is his new book cover, "In Defense of Charisma."

Villanova Professor’s New Book Addresses the Power and Use of Charisma

What do Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Julia Roberts and Adolf Hitler have in common? The answer is charisma—and a new book by Vincent W. Lloyd, PhD, associate professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University, explores how it can be used for both good and evil.

JANUARY 11, 2019

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Lillian (Boots) Cassel, PhD, is professor and chair of Villanova's Department of Computing Sciences.

Computing Sciences Professor Lillian Cassel, PhD, Part of NSF-Funded Collaborative Research Studying Gamification in STEM Education

A number of studies exist to understand the effectiveness of gamification in STEM, but little research has been done to understand what combination of game elements can effectively engage and motivate students. That is what Lillian (Boots) Cassel, PhD, Department of Computing Sciences, seeks to understand as part of a collaborative project funded by the National Science Foundation.

JANUARY 4, 2019

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Pictured right is Cristina Soriano, PhD, and pictured left is the cover of her first book, "Tides of a Revolution."

Cristina Soriano, PhD, Publishes First Book Analyzing Politics and Literacy in Late-Colonial Venezuela

In her new book, Tides of Revolution, Cristina Soriano, PhD, associate professor of History and director of the Latin American Studies Program, offers an in-depth analysis of the links between politics and literacy, and how radical ideas spread without the benefit of mass communication.

DECEMBER 11, 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

  

14

FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS IN 2018-2019

  

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