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  • At Lewis & Clark, we offer 29 majors in the liberal arts and sciences. The skills learned in a liberal arts education—critical and creative thinking, analytical reasoning, global literacy, and the ability to collaborate across specialties—allow our alumni to pursue diverse career paths. With a Lewis & Clark education, you will be prepared to create your future.

  • What Can I Do With a Major In ______ ?

    It’s a burning question for many students as they choose their college. Maybe you already know what you want to study and have a career plan—or maybe you’re waiting to explore some new subjects before you make a decision. Whatever your major is, a Lewis & Clark education will prepare you for diverse career paths. Here’s what a sampling of our alumni from the Classes of 1999 to 2013 are doing.
  • Career Development

    Our Career Development Center offers programs and services to students beginning with New Student Orientation and continuing through graduation and beyond. These services include workshops, visits to employers, networking events, and individual counseling.

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  • Internships

    Over half of our students participate in internships, which they credit with providing invaluable practical experience as well as insights into their future career possibilities. They find interesting and meaningful experiences locally, nationally, and across the globe.

  • Entrepreneurship

    A fast-growing hub, our Center for Entrepreneurship offers courses, workshops, and an incubator and launch fund for student-led ventures to help students build entrepreneurial skills for any career path.

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  • Global Experience

    Through our consistently top-ranked overseas programs, our students research in dynamic environments, build cultural and linguistic fluency, and prepare for lives as global leaders.

  • Where Are They Now?

    Even one year out of college, our alumni already find themselves making a difference in the world—through employment, service opportunities, and other endeavors. How does that break down? See for yourself what a sample of the Class of 2012 reported.

Their Stories

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    Nestled in a rustic campground at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in New York state, Susan Kirtley B.A. ’95 fiddled with her tape recorder. The hot, still air seemed to magnify her nervousness as she sat down to interview noted comic artist Lynda Barry.
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    After four decades, Rocky Blumhagen returned to the Lewis & Clark stage in June. Partnering with Susannah Mars and the Portland Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Yaki Bergman, he performed his latest fundraising revue, “Oh, Those Gershwin Boys!”
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    Under the stone arches of Sant’Eufemia, a 12th-century church in Spoleto, Italy, Grant Herreid took up his lute. His fingers moved deftly across the strings, plucking a melody line that may have been familiar to the church’s first parishioners.
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    Whenever Marc Casto B.A. ’97 travels, one of his first goals is to find a good local cookbook
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    Patrick Fleming B.S. ’92, Brannon Riceci B.S. ’92, and Tim Parsons B.A. ’91 create interesting one-bowl meals with exotic flavors at Boke Bowl.
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    In the fall of 1962, senior Myrna Ann Adkins B.A. ’63 and about 20 Lewis & Clark students climbed aboard the S.S. President Cleveland headed to Japan for a semester of cultural immersion and study.
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    When Christy Hale’s B.A. ’77, M.A.T. ’80 daughter was a baby, she remembers watching her make brightly colored pyramids out of stacking rings. “Turned upside down, the stack of rings resembled Frank Lloyd Wright’s design for the Guggenheim Museum in New York City,” thought Hale.
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    When Barack Obama made his first presidential visit to Israel, Stephanie Beechem B.A. ’08 worked with Obama’s speechwriters and policy staff to help fact-check the president’s remarks.
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    “The face of Anchorage is changing,” says Elizabeth “Liz” Posey B.A. ’03, president of the Anchorage Urban League Young Professionals. Nearly 120 languages are spoken in the Anchorage School District. Diverse cultures–including Hmong, Lao, Samoan, Tongan, Dominican, African American, Alaska Native, and Sudanese–continue to grow in representation as word of the city’s acceptance and opportunity gets out.
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    Nena Baker B.A. ‘81 writes an eye-opening book on the implications of chemical contaminants accumulating in our bodies.
    by Barbara Schuetze