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  • As a Lewis & Clark biology major, you will do biology: you will generate hypotheses, design studies, collect data in the lab and the field, analyze and interpret them, and communicate your findings through talks, posters, and papers. We think this is the best possible training for a career in biology and the best way to become a scientifically literate citizen. Our curriculum embraces all of biology, from molecules to ecosystems, and draws on other fields, like chemistry, mathematics, and psychology. Students and faculty work together, both inside and outside of class. You will learn to write grants, read scientific literature critically, reason quantitatively, and work in teams. Diverse natural environments provide abundant opportunities for fieldwork. You will have access to cutting-edge tools in microscopy, physiology, computational biology, and molecular biology. Those interested in health careers benefit from our proximity to Oregon Health and Science University.

  • Words and Numbers are your first-year seminar classes. At Lewis & Clark, you’ll take one faculty-led foundational seminar per semester. These small classes (19–25 students) are designed to help you develop the reading, writing, discussion, and analytical skills you will need to succeed in college and for life. One of your two courses will focus on interpreting the meaning and significance of texts (CORE 120: Words), the other on interpreting quantitative information and models (CORE 121: Numbers). These are not simply writing and math classes; rather, these courses allow you to explore a specialized topic of particular interest with a faculty member and a small group of students.

  • Students majoring in sociology and anthropology (SOAN) are members of an enthusiastic intellectual community dedicated to the study of the social and cultural processes that shape our contemporary world. Our students join in the critical investigation of pressing issues of the day: capitalism, migration, tourism, environmental sustainability, religious commitment, violence and suffering, health care, food systems, social injustice, technological innovation, nationalism, and more. Our classes are attuned to how these processes impact the everyday lives of people in Asia, North America, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. First-hand research is at the core of the SOAN experience, with faculty and students working closely together on projects in the classroom, the Portland community, and abroad. Together, we work on developing the thinking tools, research skills, and social ethics that prepare us to understand the world and act in it.

  • About Us

    At Lewis & Clark, studying entrepreneurship, leadership, and innovation is not just about starting a business. It is about using the entrepreneurial mindset to analyze, adapt, innovate, and advocate. Sometimes this results in a business. Hopefully, it always leads to you learning how to advocate for yourself and others on your path to a productive, thriving, and impactful life.

    Our new minor in Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation gives you the opportunity to integrate your critical thinking, analytical abilities, and communication skills to create and test impact-based solutions for the for-profit and nonprofit world. Through the study of entrepreneurship and substantial hands-on experience, you will develop a greater understanding of yourself and others in order to collaborate more effectively, maximize efforts to achieve common goals, and create positive change. You will gain a powerful toolkit and network enabling you to translate your liberal arts education into action as you prepare for future work, ventures, and adventures.

  • Drawing upon Lewis & Clark’s strong culture of interdisciplinary learning, the Health Studies minor recognizes the growing interest students have in public health and the value of a liberal arts approach to solving the world’s current and future public health challenges. The minor is multidisciplinary, bringing together coursework, internship experiences, and scholarly activity across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The minor provides the statistical and scientific foundation necessary for students interested in fields such as public health, healthcare administration, and healthcare policy alongside the narrative, psychological, and cultural contexts that supplement the coursework of those interested in medicine, physical therapy, and other clinical careers. Leveraging our renowned overseas and off-campus programs, students may apply up to 12 credits toward the minor from an approved overseas study program focused on public health. All students will have a health-related internship in Portland or overseas as part of their capstone experience.

  • About Us

    We provide a wide variety of music performance and academic courses that are open to music majors, music minors, or simply music lovers. Our faculty are distinguished performers, composers, and musicologists who provide rich and rigorous coursework for all students at Lewis & Clark, from professionally-oriented students preparing for careers in music to dedicated non-majors who want to continue their musical studies. We foster a collaborative sense of community that makes our students refer to the music department as a family. Our aim is to prepare students for further musical study, careers in music, and global citizenry. We take pride in our ability to offer all our students the opportunity for an outstanding musical education full of growth and joy.

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