• <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 media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/74/width/500/height/479/crop/1/86402_International_Affairs_main_image_2.rev.1607454030.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/74/width/500/height/479/crop/1/86402_International_Affairs_main_image_2.rev.1607454030.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/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" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(min-width: 501px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/74/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86402_International_Affairs_main_image_2.rev.1607454030.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/74/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86402_International_Affairs_main_image_2.rev.1607454030.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(min-width: 501px)" type="image/jpeg" 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-origin="responsive"/><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 meeti..." 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" data-optimized="true"/></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.


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

  • Hanna Merzbach BA '20

    Being part of the PioLog has given me a home at L&C—a sense of belonging and a purpose. While I do love my classes, the PioLog is what drives my enthusiasm at school; it provides me a mechanism to contribute something positive to the L&C community.

    Hanna Merzbach BA ’20
    International Affairs | Bend, Oregon
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  • Loren Pawelski BA '24

    International Political Economy with Dr. Elizabeth Bennett has been my favorite class. It is the most comprehensive study of the formation of contemporary global economy available at Lewis & Clark, and Dr. Bennett is an expert at accessibly presenting subject material and leading class discussions.

    Loren Pawelski BA ’24
    International Affairs
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  • Nicole, smiling, standing in front of trees on a sunny day. Processed with VSCO with j2 preset. Student-supplied profile photo due to COV...

    Be a go-getter! Most of the communities I’m a part of and the opportunities that I had were because I went after something even if I was feeling uncertain about whether I should try.

    Nicole Godbout BA ’20
    Environmental Studies and International Affairs (double) | Political Economy | Seattle, Washington
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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

  • 125 

    of our undergraduate students are Third Culture Kids.

  • Equity 

    We are the only liberal arts school in Oregon on Colleges of Distinction’s “Best Equity and Inclusion” list for 2023–24.

  • 10% 

    of our undergraduate students are from outside the U.S.

  • 98% 

    Within six months of graduation, 98% of the Lewis & Clark Class of 2023 was already changing the world through employment (84%), continuing studies (11%), and service work (3%), like the Peace Corps.

  • 12:1 

    Lewis & Clark College has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1.

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

  • Etta Moen BA '21

    I started looking for opportunities in the nonprofit sector and found an internship with Blanchet House of Hospitality, which serves the houseless community in Downtown Portland.

    Etta Moen BA ’21
    International Affairs and Hispanic Studies
    More about Etta
  • Ana smiling outside, wearing a grey floral dress.

    During my time at Lewis & Clark, I found strength through outdoor opportunities, love and admiration for Classics, and a drive for international development and cross-cultural work. I am grateful that I was able to extend those passions to post-grad careers and opportunities. I would not be who I am without my undergraduate experiences at Lewis & Clark.

    Ana Sundvall BA ’21
    Classics and International Affairs (double) | Boulder, Colorado
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  • Alaina King BA '19

    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
    More about Alaina

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