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

Pictured from left: Edward Kim, PhD, and Troy Shirangi, PhD

Two Villanova University Professors Named Recipients of Prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Awards

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.

MARCH 18, 2019

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Pictured (left to right): Brendan Kenny ’21 VSB, and Fernando Delgado ’19 CLAS.

Villanova Student Entrepreneurs to Compete in the Inaugural BIG EAST Startup Challenge

Villanova’s Men’s Basketball team won’t be the only students representing the University at the 2019 BIG EAST Tournament. Two Villanova undergraduate students—Fernando Delgado ’19 CLAS and Brendan Kenny ’21 VSB—will compete in the first-ever BIG EAST Startup Challenge in New York City on March 16.

MARCH 12, 2019

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Emory H. Woodard IV, PhD, is the new Dean of Graduate Studies.

Emory Woodard IV, PhD, Appointed Dean of Graduate Studies in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Emory H. Woodard IV, PhD, has been named Dean of Graduate Studies in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences—beginning a three-year term in June 2019. He will lead the College’s 23 graduate programs—including two PhD programs—which have a total enrollment of more than 1,300 students. 

MARCH 11, 2019

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Alejandro Solalinde Guerra is a Mexican priest and the founder and director of "Hermanos en el Camino"

Human Rights Activist Alejandro Solalinde to Discuss Central American Refugee Crisis April 2

Alejandro Solalinde Guerra, a Mexican priest and the founder and director of Hermanos en el Camino—a shelter that provides Central American migrants with humanitarian aid—will give a talk “Central American Refugee Crisis: A Conversation with Alejandro Solalinde,” on Tuesday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. in Driscoll Auditorium. 

MARCH 4, 2019

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AT A GLANCE

60+

GRADUATE STUDENTS PRESENT AT ACADEMIC CONFERENCES EACH YEAR

  

96.9%

SUCCESSFUL PLACEMENT RATE
FOR CLASS OF 2018

  

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