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

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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Dron M. Mandhana

Villanova Communication Professor Honored by National Communication Association

Dron M. Mandhana, PhD, assistant professor of Communication, was recently honored by the National Communication Association with its 2021 Rookie Advisor of the Year Award from NCA’s Lambda Pi Eta student organization.

OCTOBER 14, 2021

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Villanova Launches Environmental Geoscience Program for Philadelphia Students with Help of $399,155 NSF Grant

Villanova faculty will collaborate with Philadelphia’s Walter B. Saul High School to create an environmental justice-focused, active learning experience for local students interested in geoscience careers, with support from a National Science Foundation grant.

OCTOBER 8, 2021

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Villanova University’s Department of Geography and the Environment Receives More Than $1.1 Million in Grants from NOAA, NSF

Faculty members Stephen Goldsmith, PhD; Lisa Rodrigues, PhD; Stephen Strader, PhD; and Nathaniel Weston, PhD, each from Villanova University’s Department of Geography and the Environment, were recently each awarded grants, totaling more than $1.1 million. 

SEPTEMBER 20, 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