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

Daniel Kraut, PhD, is an associate professor of Chemistry.

Villanova Chemist Receives $579,508 Grant from NSF to Support His Research in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The National Science Foundation awarded a $579,508 grant to Daniel A. Kraut, PhD, associate professor of Chemistry, to support his project, “RUI: Control of Proteasomal Unfolding Ability by Substrate Ubiquitination.”    

JANUARY 15, 2020

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Pictured is the Rev. Hans Zollner, SJ, PhD. Photo by Rebecski from https://commons.wikimedia.org

The Rev. Hans Zollner, SJ, PhD, to Speak at Villanova on Jan. 29

The Rev. Hans Zollner, SJ, PhD, will speak at Villanova University as part of the University’s series of public events on the state of the Catholic Church—designed to encourage dialogue and expand awareness about the research, scholarship and thought leadership that is building in response to the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church.

JANUARY 9, 2020

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Samantha Chapman, PhD, talks on NBC10 Philadelphia.

NBC10 Philadelphia talks to Samantha Chapman, PhD, about Greta Thunberg Being Named Person of the Year

Samantha Chapman, professor of Biology, studies climate change and says seeing Greta Thunberg being honored as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year makes her want to work even harder.

DECEMBER 11, 2019

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Pictured left is Eugene McCarraher, PhD, and pictured right is his new book, "The Enchantments of Mammon."

Villanova Historian's New Book Explores Capitalism as a Religion

In The Enchantments of Mammon: How Capitalism Became the Religion of Modernity, Eugene McCarraher, PhD, associate professor of humanities, reveals how mammon ensnared us—and how we can find a more humane, sacramental way of being in the world.

DECEMBER 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

  

25

FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS IN 2019-2020

  

77.3%

OF THE CLASS OF 2018 
COMPLETED AN INTERNSHIP

  

200

STUDENTS COMPLETE A LAB OR FIELD RESEARCH PROJECT EACH YEAR

  

46%

OF THE CLASS OF 2019 STUDIED ABROAD

  

WHO WE ARE