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
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.
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.
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.
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.
AT A GLANCE
GRADUATE STUDENTS PRESENT AT ACADEMIC CONFERENCES EACH YEAR
SUCCESSFUL PLACEMENT RATE
FOR CLASS OF 2019
FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS IN 2019-2020
OF THE CLASS OF 2018
COMPLETED AN INTERNSHIP
STUDENTS COMPLETE A LAB OR FIELD RESEARCH PROJECT EACH YEAR
OF THE CLASS OF 2019 STUDIED ABROAD