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

Political Science professor Eric Lomazoff is pictured on the right, and the cover of his new book is pictured on the left.

Villanova Political Science Professor’s New Book Sheds Light on 40-Year Debate that Began with Two Founding Fathers

The rap duel between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson in the Broadway hit Hamilton popularized what is known as the national bank controversy, but the 40-year constitutional debate was much more dynamic than a two-sided argument. In his new book, Reconstructing the National Bank Controversy, Eric Lomazoff, PhD presents a more robust and nuanced account of the controversy.

NOVEMBER 7, 2018

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Adam Langley and Samantha Chapman are biology professors at Villanova University.

Villanova Researchers Part of International Team Documenting Rapid Effects of Climate Change on Plants and their Ecosystems

Biology professors Adam Langley, PhD and Samantha K. Chapman, PhD, together with a team of 16 researchers, documented findings that compared the abundance of ambient (growing in natural conditions) plants to plants in plots experimentally treated with elevated carbon dioxide, nutrients, water and warming to simulate future environmental changes.

OCTOBER 22, 2018

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This is the book cover of "Art of Objects" by Luca Cottini

Villanova Professor’s New Book Offers In-Depth Look at the Birth of Italian Industrial Culture

In The Art of Objects: The Birth of Italian Industrial Culture, 1878-1928, Luca Cottini, PhD traces the origins of the Italian culture of design in the social and aesthetic construction of the age’s most iconic industrial objects, including, among others, alarm clocks, bicycles, gramophones and cigarettes.

OCTOBER 10, 2018

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Chemist Looks to Create Higher Efficient, Alternative Sources of Renewable Energy

Bryan Eigenbrodt, PhD, Chemistry, is seeking to increase that percentage in his latest research project, by creating an alternate source or more efficient use of renewable energy through a developed fuel cell electrode catalyst.

OCTOBER 9, 2018

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AT A GLANCE

60+

GRADUATE STUDENTS PRESENT AT ACADEMIC CONFERENCES EACH YEAR

  

95.6%

SUCCESSFUL PLACEMENT RATE
FOR CLASS OF 2017

  

13

FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS IN 2017-2018

  

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