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

Villanova Social Justice Documentary, "Sankofa," Wins Student Academy Award

Villanova Social Justice Documentary, Sankofa, Wins Student Academy Award

Sankofa, a documentary produced by students at Villanova University, has been announced as a winner in the 46th Student Academy Awards in the Documentary/Domestic Film Schools Category. This is the first time the University has won a Student Academy Award.

SEPTEMBER 16, 2019

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Pictured left is Stephen Napier and pictured right is the cover of his book "Uncertain Bioethics."

Villanova Philosophy Professor Examines Permissible Killings in New Book Uncertain Bioethics: Moral Risk and Human Dignity

Under what conditions is an individual justified to believe an act of killing is permissible? And are one’s opinions on lawful killings held with much more caution than one realizes? Associate Professor of Philosophy Stephen Napier, PhD, addresses these challenging questions in his new book Uncertain Bioethics: Moral Risk and Human Dignity.

SEPTEMBER 13, 2019

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Dante shown holding a copy of the Divine Comedy, next to the entrance to Hell, the seven terraces of Mount Purgatory and the city of Florence, with the spheres. of Heaven above, in Michelino's fresco

Italian Set to Music: Villanova Italian Studies Presents Annual Lecture Series on Music and Lyrics 

From the invention of the violin and the piano, to the beautiful tenor of Luciano Pavarotti, to the electronic musical stylings of experimental composers Berio and Nono, Italian composers, librettists and cantautori (singer-songwriters) offer an eclectic musical heritage. The Italian Studies program at Villanova University present the 2019-2020 edition of the annual Italian lecture series, “Italian Set to Music."

SEPTEMBER 12, 2019

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Nancy MacLean, PhD, is the William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University.

11th Annual Lore Kephart Lecture Series Features Nancy MacLean, PhD

Nancy MacLean, PhD, William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University, is the featured speaker at the eleventh annual Lore Kephart '86 Distinguished Historians Lecture on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Villanova Room of the Connelly Center at Villanova University. Her lecture “Democracy in Chains” is a discussion of her current book of the same title.

SEPTEMBER 3, 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