DISCOVER YOUR PASSION
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
THE COLLEGE EXPERIENCE
CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE
STUDY ABROAD OPPORTUNITIES
STORIES OF DISCOVERY
NASA’s Astrophysics Data Analysis Program awarded a $300,000 grant to Kelly Hambleton, PhD, research assistant professor in the Department of Astrophysics and Planetary Science. The grant supports her project, “Validating and Expanding the Tests of Asteroseismic Scaling Relations Using Red-Giant Binary Stars."
The Philadelphia Inquirer featured Villanova University in a piece about it's record-setting year of Fulbright winners. Among the 32 winners, 25 are from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
R. Kelman Wieder, PhD, Melanie Vile, PhD and Kimberli Scott, PhD worked with researchers from Southern Illinois University to determine the maximum amount of nitrogen that can enter the region’s peat bogs through precipitation without causing damage to its ecosystem.
The Lepage Center, Lenfest Center and The Inquirer will collaborate through the grant on a pilot initiative that will bring together local historians and local journalists who each research and report on common topics of critical importance to society: the opioid crisis, immigration, and infrastructure.
AT A GLANCE
GRADUATE STUDENTS PRESENT AT ACADEMIC CONFERENCES EACH YEAR
SUCCESSFUL PLACEMENT RATE
FOR CLASS OF 2018
FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS IN 2019-2020
OF THE CLASS OF 2018
COMPLETED AN INTERNSHIP
STUDENTS COMPLETE A LAB OR FIELD RESEARCH PROJECT EACH YEAR
OF THE CLASS OF 2017 STUDIED ABROAD