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

Megan Povelones

Megan Povelones, PhD, Named Co-PI on $509,154 NSF Grant to Study Effect of Pathogens on Food Crop Pollinators

Megan Povelones, PhD, assistant professor of Biology in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been named a co-principal investigator on a three-year, $509,154 National Science Foundation project that will help determine how to keep key pollinators healthier. 

NOVEMBER 15, 2021

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Jerusha Conner

Villanova Education Professor Named Co-Principal Investigator on Gates Foundation Grant

Jerusha Conner, PhD, has been named a co-principal investigator on a two-year grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for a project, “Student Voice to Student Outcomes,” which will build evidence of the value of student voice practices in improving student outcomes and creating more equitable learning environments.

NOVEMBER 1, 2021

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Monaco conference participants

Villanova’s Center for Irish Studies Hosts Symposium at Monaco’s Princess Grace Irish Library

Villanova University’s Center for Irish Studies, which has an academic partnership with the Princess Grace Irish Library of Monaco, recently brought together leading US and Irish scholars across a range of disciplines for a special symposium, “Creative Acts: The Dynamics of Artistic Ireland."

OCTOBER 27, 2021

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Four of the five College of Liberal Arts and Sciences alumni medallion award recipients.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Awards 2021 Alumni Medallions

The College honored five alumni who have distinguished themselves in their respective professions and demonstrated service and dedication to their communities and to the University at the biennial Alumni Medallion Awards.

OCTOBER 15, 2021

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AT A GLANCE

60+

GRADUATE STUDENTS PRESENT AT ACADEMIC CONFERENCES EACH YEAR

  

90.2%

SUCCESSFUL PLACEMENT RATE
FOR CLASS OF 2020

  

25

FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS IN 2019-2020

  

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