• <a href="/live/image/gid/74/width/650/86402_International_Affairs_main_image_2.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview" tabindex="-1"><picture class="lw_image lw_image86402"> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 500px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/74/width/500/height/479/crop/1/86402_International_Affairs_main_image_2.rev.1607454030.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/74/width/500/height/479/crop/1/86402_International_Affairs_main_image_2.rev.1607454030.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/74/width/500/height/479/crop/1/86402_International_Affairs_main_image_2.rev.1607454030.jpg 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(min-width: 501px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/74/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86402_International_Affairs_main_image_2.rev.1607454030.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/74/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86402_International_Affairs_main_image_2.rev.1607454030.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/74/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86402_International_Affairs_main_image_2.rev.1607454030.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/74/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86402_International_Affairs_main_image_2.rev.1607454030.jpg" alt="Faculty members in International Affairs—like Joseph M. Ha Associate Professor of International Affairs Elizabeth A. Bennett—love mee..." width="720" height="690" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/74/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86402_International_Affairs_main_image_2.rev.1607454030.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/74/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86402_International_Affairs_main_image_2.rev.1607454030.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="3066" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a><div class="hero-split_image_caption collapsable-caption"> Faculty members in International Affairs—like Joseph M. Ha Associate Professor of International Affairs Elizabeth A. Bennett—love meeting with students during office hours.</div>

Why Choose a Degree in International Affairs?

Global technologies, threats to international security, fundamentalist movements, and mounting tensions between nations, regions, and factions mean that the study of international affairs is more relevant than ever. Unlike many other international relations programs, we offer such a robust range of courses and opportunities that we warrant our own dedicated department.

What You’ll Study

Though the scope of our coursework is broad, we emphasize foreign policy, national security, international law and organizations, international economic relations, social justice and transnational advocacy, human rights, and development in the global south. We also believe in collaborating with students on research projects—whether through classes during the academic year, a paid humanities research summer program, or both—and helping them find and secure internships in Portland and beyond. Many of our students earn course credit while on an overseas program.

Outside the classroom, the annual International Affairs Symposium is organized by a committee of students with support from faculty and staff. This multiday interdisciplinary event concentrates on the most pressing themes and topics in international relations today through a series of debates.

Curriculum

Complement Your Education With One of These Minors

The most popular minors for our international affairs majors are German studies, Middle East and North African studies, and political economy.


What Students Are Saying About Lewis & Clark

  • I knew I wanted to be an IA major because I was interested in global politics, with a little bit of human rights and economics, a touch of diplomatic relations, and a sprinkle of law. One of my first IA classes touched on all of these concepts the first day, which solidified my decision.

    Keilani Vega BA ’22
    International affairs | French studies and environmental studies (double) | Pasadena, California
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  • My two mentors are Professors Bob Mandel and Therese Augst. They work with me to find interesting opportunities to further my education, challenge me, boost my confidence and comfort in classes, and help me feel part of the L&C community.

    Alie Cicero BA ’24
    International Affairs, German (double) | Arcadia, California
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  • Something I like about my international affairs major is that I get to learn about aspects of global politics that I would never have considered. I also love connecting what I am learning in my minor classes and seeing how religion impacts global politics.

    Eliana Essman BA ’25
    International Affairs | Religious Studies | Carlsbad, California
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What Can You Do With a Degree in International Affairs?

Our alumni use their BA in international affairs to pursue a wide range of careers in academia, government, journalism, nonprofits, public service, and beyond. Some of our alumni have been awarded competitive fellowships and scholarships, like the Rangel and Rhodes, and many go on to pursue advanced degrees.

Dedicated Faculty

Our expert professors are your expert mentors. You will learn directly from faculty (no graduate assistants here!) that are nationally recognized in their fields of study and who love to work with and learn from their students. Your professors will inspire you to be a thoughtful and passionate participant in a diverse world. Your small classes will support you as you explore new ideas, find your voice, and speak your truth.

Meet the Professors

Invest in Yourself

A private liberal arts education is often more affordable than you think. Last year, Lewis & Clark distributed over $74 million in assistance from institutional, federal, state, and private sources. Additionally, we’re so confident that our first-year students will graduate with their bachelor of arts degree in four years that if you don’t, we’ll cover the extra semester of tuition.

Find Your People

The Meridian is an annual publication dedicated to providing a forum for student views on international and cross-cultural issues. Model United Nations is a student club that concentrates on the workings of the United Nations, as well as research on various countries and their foreign policies.


Where Lewis & Clark Will Take You

  • The academic rigor that I found at L&C prepared me incredibly well for graduate school. I learned how to think analytically and critically, and to really think outside the box to tackle problems from various angles.

    Sema Hasan 2018
    International Affairs and Mathematics (double) | Portland, Oregon
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  • I’ve been consulting, specializing in Global IT Organization Transformation.

    Kodai Kubota BA ’19
    International Affairs | CS/Chinese
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  • As a budding professional in the field of international education, I feel incredibly lucky that I get to work in a field where I can tap into my undergraduate studies on a daily basis.

    Alaina King BA ’19
    International Affairs and French Studies
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