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

Dennis Wykoff is the Dennis M. Cook ’90 Gregor Mendel Chair in Genetics in the Department of Biology.

Villanova Geneticist Receives $560,959 NSF Grant

The National Science Foundation awarded a $560,959 grant to Dennis Wykoff, PhD, the Dennis M. Cook ’90 Gregor Mendel Chair in Genetics in the Department of Biology, to support his research project on fungal disease.

AUGUST 7, 2019

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Kelly Hambleton is an assistant professor in the Department of Astrophysics and Planetary Science.

Villanova Astrophysicist Receives $300,000 Grant from NASA to Explore Red-Giant Binary Stars

NASA’s Astrophysics Data Analysis Program awarded a $300,000 grant to Kelly Hambleton, PhD, research assistant professor in the Department of Astrophysics and Planetary Science. The grant supports her project, “Validating and Expanding the Tests of Asteroseismic Scaling Relations Using Red-Giant Binary Stars."

JULY 15, 2019

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Pictured are the 2019 Villanova University Fulbright winners.

At Villanova, a record-setting year for producing Fulbright winners

The Philadelphia Inquirer featured Villanova University in a piece about it's record-setting year of Fulbright winners. Among the 32 winners, 25 are from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

JUNE 24, 2019

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Villanova Researchers Part of Team in Determining the Critical Load of Atmospheric Nitrogen Endangering Northern Alberta Peat Bog Ecosystems

R. Kelman Wieder, PhD, Melanie Vile, PhD and Kimberli Scott, PhD worked with researchers from Southern Illinois University to determine the maximum amount of nitrogen that can enter the region’s peat bogs through precipitation without causing damage to its ecosystem.

JUNE 18, 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