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

Catherine Kerrison is a professor of history.

History Professor Selected to Participate in Library of Congress National Book Festival

Catherine Kerrison, PhD, author of the critically acclaimed book Jefferson’s Daughters, will discuss race and gender in the early republic at the 18th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival on Saturday, Sept. 1 in Washington D.C.

AUGUST 14, 2018

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Biology Professor and Her Students Discover Lesser-Known Gene Associated with Breast Cancer

Biology Professor and Her Students Discover Lesser-Known Gene Associated with Breast Cancer

Over the last eight years, Janice Knepper, PhD, and her students have been working with the gene, ZC3H8, simply known has Fliz1. The findings were recently published in BMC Cancer, a peer-reviewed open-source medical journal.

JULY 30, 2018

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Polaris, also known as The North Star, is the Earth's nearest Classical Cepheid.

Astronomy Professors Lead Team that Discovers Long Hidden Properties of The North Star

Until now, scientists’ wide-ranging estimates of the star’s distance from the Earth (322-520 light years), made determining its physical makeup difficult. Edward Guinan, PhD, and Scott Engle, PhD, from Villanova’s Department of Astrophysics and Planetary Science, are the principal investigators researching Polaris’s radius, intrinsic brightness, age and mass.

JULY 26, 2018

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Villanova University Researchers Part of Expedition to the Arctic

Villanova University Researchers Part of Expedition to the Arctic

Amanda M. Grannas, PhD, a prominent and internationally-renowned expert in snow chemistry, is among the researchers awarded a three-year, $1 million National Science Foundation grant to study the interactions between the surface of the Arctic Ocean and the atmosphere above it.

JULY 23, 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

  

13

FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS IN 2017-2018

  

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