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: Villanova student Joe Michail, '19 CLAS; David Chuss, ’95 CLAS, professor of Physics; and Javad Siah, assistant professor of Physics.

Villanova Research Team Helps Commission New Camera for NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy

A Villanova University research team led by David Chuss, PhD, ’95 CLAS, professor of Physics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has played a key role in developing a new camera for NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy.

FEBRUARY 21, 2019

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This is the cover of John Carvalho new book, "Thinking with Images."

Villanova Philosophy Professor’s New Book May Change the Way People Think About Art

In his recent book, Thinking with Images: An Enactivist Aesthetics (Routledge, 2018), John Carvalho, PhD, professor of Philosophy, is less interested in Art and more interested in artworks, specific paintings, photographs, films and artifacts. He does not sensibly indulge these artifacts; rather, he thoughtfully engages them in an effort to draw out what they are thinking and what they ask the viewer to think.

FEBRUARY 20, 2019

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Villanova’s Center for Irish Studies hosts compelling cultural events this spring

Villanova University’s Center for Irish Studies has a full slate of events scheduled on campus for the spring 2019 semester. Events include a poetry reading by 2019 Charles A. Heimbold Jr. Chair for Irish Studies Mike McCormack, an Irish Dance showcase and a discussion on Brexit, among other featured programs.

FEBRUARY 19, 2019

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Michael E. Mann, PhD is the recipient of the 2019 Praxis Award in Professional Ethics.

Villanova University Presents 2019 Praxis Award in Professional Ethics to Climate Change Pioneer Michael E. Mann, PhD

The Villanova University Ethics Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has named atmospheric scientist and well-known climate change advocate Michael E. Mann, PhD the recipient of the 2019 Praxis Award in Professional Ethics. This year’s award will be presented at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 11 in the Villanova Room, Connelly Center, followed by a lecture by Dr. Mann.

FEBRUARY 11, 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