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College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest of the University’s five colleges. It was founded by the Augustinian Order in 1842 to provide an atmosphere of responsible learning to a diverse group of students called to intellectual, moral and professional leadership.

The College seeks to promote intellectual curiosity and rigor within the University; to instill the fundamentals of critical insight, mature judgment and independent thinking in its students; and to awaken in its students a sense of the importance of values and the moral responsibility of caring for others and working for the betterment of society.

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Campaign Priorities


Few investments are as powerful as the ones made in support of College of Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty. These outstanding teacher-scholars offer subject-matter expertise, focus, guidance, opportunities for mentored undergraduate research, and more. Endowed faculty positions, therefore, are essential in securing and retaining this pivotal academic leadership.


The CLAS Dean’s Fund for Strategic Initiatives provides the financial resources to fund high-impact programs and the flexibility to act quickly on key opportunities for students and faculty. The Dean’s Fund has provided seed funding to launch new academic centers of excellence, assisted with the installation of the virtual reality CAVE and supported the formation of a unique partnership with the Abbey Theatre in Ireland that is now a centerpiece of Irish Studies.


From science laboratories to the communication studio, technology plays a critical role in the CLAS student experience. Resources are needed to support maintenance and upgrades, including new laboratory and media production equipment.


The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to a number of research centers dedicated to the pursuit of academic knowledge. These hubs combine theory, practice and research; add depth to the curriculum; and deliver opportunities for interdisciplinary work within the College and across the University. From the Center for Irish Studies to the Center for Energy and Environmental Education, these specialties enable faculty to further academic innovation and contribute to the global discourse on a variety of topics.


The first doctoral program of its kind to focus on faith and culture through an Augustinian lens, Villanova’s Theology PhD prepares graduates to have a profound impact as college and university professors, leaders and practitioners of ministry, interdisciplinary researchers and innovative theologians. Building upon Villanova’s successful master’s program in Theology, this new doctoral program is a special point of distinction and pride that celebrates the University’s founding values.


Experiential learning opportunities educate students beyond the classroom and provide real-world applications to complement academic principles. From study abroad to internships, undergraduate research to professional development and service learning, such experiences have an immeasurable value, teaching CLAS students to become critical thinkers and adaptive problem solvers with highvalue skills and a global perspective.

Contact Us

Patrick Gallagher '06
Director of Major Giving
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

University Advancement
800 E. Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085