• <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> 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><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> I have always loved everything about science and have enjoyed delving deeper into biology. I especially enjoy marine biology and behavioral ecology, and love having hands-on labs outside of the classroom.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18329-lilah-shapiro">Lilah Shapiro BA ’25</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Pahoa, Hawai‘i</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_329"><p> What I like about my music major is accessibility. I have the time and flexibility to explore my other passions, while still developing my skills as a musician.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18361-marta-ruzi">Marta Ružić BA ’25</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_329"><p> I am interested in sustainable food systems, and though this internship is more related to decreasing plastic consumption, it is giving me experience in marketing to consumers’ consciousnesses.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18475-beau-staun-list">Beau Staun-List BA ’25</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Topanga, 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> My favorite class has been the marketing seminar through the Bates Center. I got acquainted with ethical marketing practices that broadened my perspective. Now I’m applying for marketing internships and want to find a way to connect it to my future career!</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/14675-katrina-kuzmina">Katrina Kuzmina BA ’23</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Moscow, Russia</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_329"><p> My favorite course was Ordinary Differential Equations. This class greatly tested my interdisciplinary skills and enabled me to use knowledge I had gained from all different kinds of classes at Lewis & Clark to come up with creative ways to construct, manipulate, and use models.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16685-drew-blauth">Drew Blauth BA ’23</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Redlands, California</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_329"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I love how engaged all of my</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">biology</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">professors are with the material. They are excited about the class and want their students to love it as much as they do.</span></p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18309-jemma-montgomery">Jemma Montgomery BA ’23</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Minneapolis, Minnesota</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_329"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Modern Latin American History</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">inspired me to take more history classes and political science classes, which I’ve generally enjoyed, and the material we talked about has stuck with me.</span></p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16649-frankie-spurbeck">Frankie Spurbeck BA ’23</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Minneapolis, Minnesota</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_329"><p> I am continually amazed at what this interdisciplinary degree has to offer. Biochemistry is a continually growing field, and job opportunities after college are ample. This is also a pretty flexible major, and it can open doors for several different pathways after your time at L&C.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18352-luke-bass">Luke Bass BA ’24</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Chandler, Arizona</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> 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><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> L&C’s computer science major provides the opportunity for me to put theory into practice by working on fundamental programming problems.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/14558-carlos-garcia-moran">Carlos García Morán BA ’24</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Madrid, Spain</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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