About the College

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences classroom

At the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), students find intellectual challenge, a diverse academic experience and clear career paths. The oldest and largest of Villanova's colleges, CLAS is designed to foster critical thinking, inspire creative solutions for a challenging and changing world and prepare you for a fulfilling career.

Learn from teacher-scholars

The college's emphasis on the teacher-scholar model advances two-way scholarship between faculty and students. From on-site scientific data gathering in Costa Rica and Alaska, to uncovering the past right here in Philadelphia, students have the chance to be part of exciting research teams.

Engage in experiential learning

Students participate in internships with Fortune 500 firms and cultural institutions, career-oriented study abroad opportunities and more.

Graduate career ready

From networking opportunities with the Bridge Society to the College's diverse study abroad opportunities, CLAS students gain a global perspective and are ready for fulfilling careers.

Fast Facts

Academic Profile

  • 47 majors
  • 14 combined Bachelor's and Master's programs
  • 24 Master's programs
  • 42 certificate programs
  • PhD in Philosophy
  • PhD in Theology
  • More than 400 full-time faculty

2016-2017 Scholarships

  • 11 Fulbright scholars
  • 1 Goldwater Scholar and 1 honorable mention
  • 2 Boren Awards

Class of 2016

  • 70 percent of students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences graduated with at least one internship.*

*Source: Villanova University Career Center’s Class of 2016 career outcomes survey

Two National Honor Societies

Phi Beta Kappa (ΦBK)

Phi Kappa Phi (ΦKΦ)