College of

LIBERAL ARTS AND
SCIENCES

COLLEGE ANNOUNCES ANTI-RACISM INITIATIVE

June 29, 2020

Words are not enough. We cannot wait any longer to act. Although the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to restrict the University’s operations and affect its financial resources, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is committed to making anti-racism—the policy or practice of opposing racism and promoting racial tolerance—central to all that we do. Over the course of 2020-2021 CLAS will invest significant funds and effort to advance the anti-racist initiatives described below. We do not promise overnight results; these measures are not a panacea for systemic racism that has been embedded in American life since its founding. But we do promise meaningful actions and a long-term commitment to reflection, scrutiny and positive systemic change. 

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

Judith Giesberg, PhD, is a professor of History at Villanova University.

Villanova History Professor Judith Giesberg, PhD, Receives $100,000 Grant from National Archives

The grant supports Dr. Giesberg's project "Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery," which recovers the stories of families separated in the US domestic slave trade.

JULY 2, 2020

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The Lepage Center logo.

Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest to Invest in Coronavirus-Related Research and Scholarship

With the help of a new gift from Albert Lepage ’69 CLAS, the Center will invest in local and national efforts to engage the public in understanding the stories and effects of the global coronavirus pandemic.

JULY 1, 2020

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Amber Stuver, left, and Scott Engle recieved a NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates site grant.

Amber Stuver, PhD, and Scott Engle, PhD, Receive NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates Site Grant

The award will support a new REU site, “Astrophysics and Condensed Matter Physics at Villanova University,” led by a collaboration between Villanova’s Department of Physics and Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science. 

JUNE 9, 2020

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Scott Dietrich, PhD, is an assistant professor of Physics.

Scott Dietrich, PhD, Receives Prestigious CAREER Grant from National Science Foundation

Scott Dietrich, PhD, an assistant professor of Physics, received an NSF CAREER grant, the most prestigious award supporting career-development activities for teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization.

MAY 21, 2020

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AT A GLANCE

60+

GRADUATE STUDENTS PRESENT AT ACADEMIC CONFERENCES EACH YEAR

  

95.4%

SUCCESSFUL PLACEMENT RATE
FOR CLASS OF 2019

  

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