• <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 media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/317/width/500/height/240/crop/1/92495_CAS-0220-Faculty_Student_Interaction-4650.rev.1679088712.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/317/width/500/height/240/crop/1/92495_CAS-0220-Faculty_Student_Interaction-4650.rev.1679088712.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/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" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(max-width: 800px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/317/width/800/height/383/crop/1/92495_CAS-0220-Faculty_Student_Interaction-4650.rev.1679088712.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/317/width/800/height/383/crop/1/92495_CAS-0220-Faculty_Student_Interaction-4650.rev.1679088712.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(max-width: 800px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/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" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(max-width: 1200px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/317/width/1200/height/575/crop/1/92495_CAS-0220-Faculty_Student_Interaction-4650.rev.1679088712.webp 2x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(max-width: 1200px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/317/width/1200/height/575/crop/1/92495_CAS-0220-Faculty_Student_Interaction-4650.rev.1679088712.jpg 2x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(min-width: 1201px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/317/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/92495_CAS-0220-Faculty_Student_Interaction-4650.rev.1679088712.webp 1x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(min-width: 1201px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/317/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/92495_CAS-0220-Faculty_Student_Interaction-4650.rev.1679088712.jpg 1x" data-origin="responsive"/><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." data-max-w="2663" data-max-h="1778" data-optimized="true"/></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> I love the diversity of interests amongst biology majors. Whether it’s health care, pharmaceutical research, veterinary medicine, ecology, mycology, etc., you are bound to find a classmate eager to discuss it with you.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/20400-august-van-nieuwenhuysen">August van Nieuwenhuysen BA ’25</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Tustin, California</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_329"> <p> Given my interest in cell/molecular-scale biology, the biochemistry and molecular biology major feels like a match made in heaven. I love that there are lots of lab courses in the major, allowing my education to be more than theoretical.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18340-avi-strok">Avi Strok BA ’25</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Los Angeles, California</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_329"> <p> I had an interest in environmental studies, and L&C seemed like a good place for it.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16680-dexter-tatsukawa">Dexter Tatsukawa BA ’24</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Sunnyvale, California</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_329"> <p> <span style="font-weight: 400;">My favorite class was Algorithm Design and Analysis</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">. It helped me get a better understanding of what it is like to work in the computer science field.</span> </p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16647-adam-schwarz">Adam Schwarz BA ’23</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Daly City, California</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_329"> <p> I love that computer science and mathematics are so closely related. I find that it is always cool to use my computer science background when I am working through a math problem, or vice versa!</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18310-katie-shimaura">Katie Shimaura BA ’24</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Mililani, Hawai‘i</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_329"> <p> Sociology and anthropology is all about examining the world around us and thinking about why things are the way that they are. This ranges from looking at things like music and art to deep political decisions.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18360-jeremy-kregar">Jeremy Kregar BA ’24</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Westminster, Colorado</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_329"> <p> <span style="font-weight: 400;">My Classics and English professors are my mentors. They nurture my interest in the subjects, and they support me in developing my research and writing skills.</span> </p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16683-ashleen-smith">Ashleen Smith BA ’23</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Madras, Oregon</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 and most challenging class has been Emerging Topics in Environmental Law with</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Adjunct Professor Karen Russell</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. We dove into the history of environmental law in the U.S., and the landmark cases and pieces of legislation that inform the environmental field today.</span></p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16644-annabelle-rousseau">Annabelle Rousseau BA ’23</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Modesto, California</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_329"> <p> Biochemistry and molecular biology is an interdisciplinary major that allows me to pursue a degree with a variety of opportunities in science. I have an affinity for both chemistry and biology, and the intersection of the two is where I find myself the most engaged with my studies.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18351-bryn-romig">Bryn Romig BA ’25</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Albuquerque, New Mexico</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_329"> <p> Lewis & Clark’s combination of academic excellence, community, and location made it a great fit for me.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/17730-hashim-salman">Hashim Salman BA ’25</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Amman, Jordan</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_329"> <p> I chose to major in economics because I like that it has such a wide range of applications—to everything from everyday life to international trade networks. And I chose MENA for my minor because I value intercultural knowledge as an important aspect of being a global citizen.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/17799-claire-baco">Claire Baco BA ’25</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Shingle Springs, California</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_329"> <p> Computer science and mathematics is a difficult and competitive field, but it is one that can be used for creating positive change if applied in the right ways.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18323-farjad-madataly">Farjad Madataly BA ’25</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Antananarivo, Madagascar</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_329"> <p> My biochemistry and molecular biology major allows me to take a deep dive into the smallest facets of the natural world and understand how they interact with each other to create what we observe in our everyday lives. </p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18343-brynn-doty">Brynn Doty BA ’25</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Seattle, Washington</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_329"> <p> I like that the biology major allows me to take a wide variety of classes to explore all of my interests. The major is wildly applicable, which is great as I consider future career paths. All the professors in the department are amazing, and I love hearing about their work and passion for biology.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/20604-clover-sinning">Clover Sinning BA ’26</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta"> Minneapolis, Minnesota</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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