DISCOVER YOUR PASSION
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
THE COLLEGE EXPERIENCE
CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE
STUDY ABROAD OPPORTUNITIES
STORIES OF DISCOVERY
“Carrying Tomorrow," a 2019 Villanova student-produced social justice documentary, shares the hopes and hardships of expecting mothers in rural Ethiopia who are facing barriers to safe, accessible surgical care.
Event Horizon Telescope reserachers revealed they have succeeded in unveiling the first direct visual evidence of a supermassive black hole and its shadow. Villanova physicist Joey Neilsen and his student, Jadyn Anczarski '20 CLAS, contributed to paradigm-shifting observations of the gargantuan black hole at the heart of the distant galaxy Messier 87.
Georgia Papaefthymiou, PhD, professor of Physics at Villanova University, has been awarded a 2019-2020 Fulbright Scholar grant by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) to teach and conduct research in Greece. She will be at the National Center for Scientific Research (NCSR-Demokritos) in Aghia Paraskevi, Greece from September 2019 to January 2020.
Edward Kim, PhD, (left) and Troy Shirangi, PhD, have been named recipients of the National Science Foundation’s prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. Their research will focus on advances in the fields of artificial intelligence and neurobiology, respectively.
AT A GLANCE
GRADUATE STUDENTS PRESENT AT ACADEMIC CONFERENCES EACH YEAR
SUCCESSFUL PLACEMENT RATE
FOR CLASS OF 2018
FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS IN 2018-2019
OF THE CLASS OF 2016
COMPLETED AN INTERNSHIP
STUDENTS COMPLETE A LAB OR FIELD RESEARCH PROJECT EACH YEAR
OF THE CLASS OF 2017 STUDIED ABROAD