• <a href="/live/image/gid/317/width/650/92495_CAS-0220-Faculty_Student_Interaction-4650.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview" tabindex="-1"><picture class="lw_image lw_image92495"> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 500px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/317/width/500/height/240/crop/1/92495_CAS-0220-Faculty_Student_Interaction-4650.rev.1679088712.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/317/width/500/height/240/crop/1/92495_CAS-0220-Faculty_Student_Interaction-4650.rev.1679088712.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/317/width/500/height/240/crop/1/92495_CAS-0220-Faculty_Student_Interaction-4650.rev.1679088712.jpg 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 800px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/317/width/800/height/383/crop/1/92495_CAS-0220-Faculty_Student_Interaction-4650.rev.1679088712.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/317/width/800/height/383/crop/1/92495_CAS-0220-Faculty_Student_Interaction-4650.rev.1679088712.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/317/width/800/height/383/crop/1/92495_CAS-0220-Faculty_Student_Interaction-4650.rev.1679088712.jpg 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 1200px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/317/width/1200/height/575/crop/1/92495_CAS-0220-Faculty_Student_Interaction-4650.rev.1679088712.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/317/width/1200/height/575/crop/1/92495_CAS-0220-Faculty_Student_Interaction-4650.rev.1679088712.jpg 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(min-width: 1201px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/317/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/92495_CAS-0220-Faculty_Student_Interaction-4650.rev.1679088712.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/317/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/92495_CAS-0220-Faculty_Student_Interaction-4650.rev.1679088712.jpg" alt="Students and faculty sitting together, talking." width="1440" height="690" data-max-w="2663" data-max-h="1778"/> </picture> </a><div class="hero-full_image_caption collapsable-caption"> Studying the liberal arts means that all of your classes will be grounded in critical thinking, written and verbal communication, teamwork, and problem solving.</div>

Academic Programs

Our liberal arts education gives you the opportunity to take a wide variety of classes and explore connections across disciplines. Our academics are challenging and rigorous, but you will be supported every step of the way by your advisors, your professors, and your peers. And for those of you who are ready to think about your education long term, we offer pathways to and partnerships with our Graduate School of Education and Counseling and School of Law.

Majors and Minors at Lewis & Clark

Your Lewis & Clark education will provide you with the opportunity to explore a wide variety of subjects, and to dig deep into those you find most intriguing. Lots of interests? Double major, or add a minor or two. Your education in and out of the classroom will prepare you to see connections others miss and to creatively solve complex problems, skills that are valuable in all professions.

You will take approximately 32 courses during your time here, and you’ll have choices when it comes to every single one. Your classes will be split roughly into thirds: general education, major requirements, and electives.

The Liberal Arts Advantage

Studying the liberal arts means that all of your classes will be grounded in critical thinking, written and verbal communication, teamwork, and problem solving. You’ll draw on these skills throughout your life, no matter where you work or what you do. Our academics are also closely connected with our location in Portland. The Connect-Portland (PDX) designation is given to courses highlighting the experiential, experimental, and inquiry-based learning that is derived from our location. Lewis & Clark is the perfect place to get an education that will prepare you to take on the world.

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Graduate-Level Research

Interested in conducting graduate-level research or getting published in a peer-reviewed journal? Our faculty are ready to partner up with you.

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Student-Led Symposium

Want to plan an academic symposium? We have five student-led symposia a year.

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College Internships

Looking for a paid internship while earning class credit? We have opportunities through our entrepreneurship minor, our Office of Sustainability, and our Career Center.

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Accelerated Degree Programs

Want even more of the Lewis & Clark experience? Through our 4-5-6 Commitment, we offer a five-year bachelor’s degree + master’s in teaching degree (MAT) with our graduate school and a six-year bachelor’s degree + law degree (JD) with our law school.


  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_329"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Digital Media has been my favorite class</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">! It simultaneously introduced me to the world of coding and expanded my views on what art can be; I have yet to take a class as fun and impactful as that one has been. It was</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> a major factor in my choosing computer science as my major.</span></p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16681-julian-diaz">Julian Diaz BA ’24</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Los Angeles, California</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_329"><p> Any student from abroad can be sure to find a support system here that will enrich and help them create their college experience.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/9535-emma-franco">Emma Franco BA ’20</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_329"><p> My involvement with LEAP and Mixed LC not only challenged my leadership abilities, but has also helped me grow as a student, as a mentor, and as an individual.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/8323-jennifer-anderson">Jennifer Anderson BA ’19</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Kailua Kona, Hawai‘i</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_329"><p> My favorite class has been Key Monuments with Professor Benjamin David. He brought new and remarkable perspectives to Western art history. 10/10, would recommend!</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/14605-lucia-sheridan">Lucia Sheridan BA ’23</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Saugatuck, Michigan</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_329"><p> I am endlessly grateful for the opportunities that the political science department has provided to its students.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18509-madeleine-macwilliamson">Madeleine MacWilliamson BA ’24</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Campbell, California</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_329"><p> The professors in the computer science and mathematics department display true passion for their respective fields of study and have provided invaluable mentorship that has helped me tremendously in discovering opportunities that are right for me.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18356-sebastian-deprez">Sebastian DePrez BA ’25</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Upland, California</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_329"><p> I have loved the art history classes I have taken so far. Many of the classes focus on a specific location or time period, which allows you to really dive deep into the culture or period discussed.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18359-cadyn-schenk-turner">Cadyn Schenk-Turner BA ’26</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Charlotte, North Carolina</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_329"><p> My political science professors reached out to me about the summer research opportunity, and I was lucky to have them apply for a grant to fund my research assistant position.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18459-valerie-naborska">Valerie Naborska BA ’24</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Santa Cruz, California</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_329"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">My favorite class so far has been Biological Core Concepts: Systems</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. I love the way it expanded how I view the world around me and helped solidify my passion for biology.</span></p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16643-whitney-maxfield">Whitney Maxfield BA ’25</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Riverton, Utah</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_329"><p> The English major at L&C has the option for students to include a creative writing concentration such as fiction, nonfiction, and poetry!</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18348-grace-billings">Grace Billings BA ’24</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Poulsbo, Washington</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_329"><p> I believe my summer research with Professor Campion will give me greater insight into what career options may look like for me as a history student.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18454-maddie-selby">Maddie Selby BA ’25</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Portland, Oregon</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_329"><p> [Professor Donovan] has this way of guiding you in the right direction while still allowing you to retain your artistic autonomy through the structure of her class and the critiques.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/9108-blake-ashby">Blake Ashby BA ’20</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Holetown, Barbados</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_329"><p> I have become more open to exploring new subjects, especially with my interdisciplinary education.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/8318-sabrina-cerquera">Sabrina Cerquera BA ’20</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Miami, Florida</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_329"><p> The labs give me an opportunity to really wrap my head around what I’m studying. Watching chemical reactions happen in front of you really solidifies the real-life applications of what we’re learning in class.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18341-bella-root">Bella Root BA ’25</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Santa Fe, New Mexico</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_329"><p> Introduction to Linguistics expanded my knowledge about how a language works, and I love learning how linguists analyze languages. One day I hope to do it myself!</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/14559-juan-martin-lopez-melendez">Juan Martín López Meléndez BA ’23</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">La Piedad, Michoacán, México/Fresno, California/Las Vegas, New Mexico</span></p></blockquote>

Study Abroad With Lewis & Clark

Lewis & Clark study-abroad programs are immersive experiences in unexpected places, often with one of your own faculty members as your leader. Our programs are either a semester or full year long, giving you time to live new experiences and perspectives rather than simply to observe them. No matter your major—even the sciences—you will be encouraged to study overseas.

Our ... Our biology program in New Zealand is a great way for science majors to study overseas and earn classes toward their major.

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