College of

LIBERAL ARTS AND
SCIENCES

DISCOVER YOUR PASSION

Biology professor and student working with high-resolution microscope.

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

STORIES OF DISCOVERY

COLLEGE NEWS

Laura Sandez, PhD

Villanova Professor’s New Book Explores the Expression of Women's Emotions and Politics in Cuban Literature

In her new book Cuba: emociones y ficciones políticas: culturas emocionales en clave literaria, femenina y sexológica dentro del Período Especial, Laura Sández, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Spanish, explores a new approach to narratives produced by Cuban women during the 1990s. 

NOVEMBER 8, 2022

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Vincent Lloyd, PhD

Theology Professor’s New Book Presents Moral Vision of BLM Movement

“An important dimension of dignity has been forgotten,” suggests Vincent Lloyd, PhD in his new book Black Dignity (Yale University Press, 2022). Looking to the Black Lives Matter movement, Black Dignity aims to re-orient the way readers envision the concept of dignity.

OCTOBER 31, 2022

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Villanova Counseling Professor’s Book Sheds Fresh Light on Motivational Interviewing

"In Motivational Interviewing in Clinical Mental Health Counseling," co-authors Edward Wahesh, PhD, Villanova University, and Todd F. Lewis, PhD, North Dakota State University, empower counselors with both the philosophical and actionable elements of Motivational Interviewing.

OCTOBER 18, 2022

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Helen Lafferty

Longtime Villanova Professor Helen Lafferty, PhD, Appointed Interim President of Youngstown State University

Helen Lafferty, PhD, a longtime Villanova University professor and administrator, was unanimously voted on Monday, Oct. 10, to serve as the interim president of Youngstown State University, her undergraduate and graduate alma mater.

OCTOBER 17, 2022

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AT A GLANCE

60+

GRADUATE STUDENTS PRESENT AT ACADEMIC CONFERENCES EACH YEAR

  

97%

SUCCESSFUL PLACEMENT RATE
FOR CLASS OF 2021

  

14

FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS IN 2021 – 2022

  

91%

of students seeking an internship participated in at least one

  

200

STUDENTS COMPLETE A LAB OR FIELD RESEARCH PROJECT EACH YEAR

  

92%

of students seeking an international experience participated in at least one

  

WHO WE ARE