College of

LIBERAL ARTS AND
SCIENCES

DISCOVER YOUR PASSION

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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

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18 Villanovans Win Prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Grants for 2022-23

The US Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced the Fulbright US Student Program awards for 2022-23, with 14 of the 18 Villanova students and alumni from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

MAY 17, 2022

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Villanova Scientist Part of Team Producing First Image of Black Hole in Our Galaxy

Joey Neilsen, PhD, assistant professor of Physics, is a part of a team of astronomers unveiling the first image of the supermassive black hole at the center of our own Milky Way galaxy. 

MAY 16, 2022

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Villanova Theatre Professor James Ijames receives the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in Drama

A playwright, educator, director and performer, Ijames was awarded the Pulitzer for his play Fat Ham, a “loose” according to the playwright—adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

MAY 10, 2022

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Celebrity Pregnancy in the Eighteenth Century is Focus of Villanova Theatre Professor’s New Book

Villanova Theatre professor Chelsea Phillips, MFA, PhD, describes how powerful celebrity women in the 18th century used the cultural and affective significance of their reproductive bodies to leverage audience support and interest to advance their career. 

MAY 9, 2022

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AT A GLANCE

60+

GRADUATE STUDENTS PRESENT AT ACADEMIC CONFERENCES EACH YEAR

  

97%

SUCCESSFUL PLACEMENT RATE
FOR CLASS OF 2021

  

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