No matter what program of study you select within the humanities, you will find a close-knit community of faculty and students. Together, you will explore a range of ideas and consider questions about faith, values, and human existence. Interdisciplinary minors such as those in Gender and Women’s Studies, Hellenic Studies, Catholic Studies, and Social Justice allow students to integrate ethics, faith, and reason within a global context.
Beyond the classroom, you will find many activities to connect you to your interests. You can submit your work to the award-winning history journal Northwest Passages or to Writers, a compendium of the most original writing on campus. There is an array of instrumental and vocal ensembles and theater productions that welcome new talent. There is also a nationally competitive Ethics Bowl team and an award-winning Speech and Debate Union, both of which sharpen debate and critical thinking skills.
Through studying abroad, you can enhance your language skills and explore the culture and history of other countries. You might even want to explore following in the footsteps of the many humanities students who have won post-graduate Fulbright Scholarships to teach English in countries such as Germany, Mexico, Turkey, and South Korea. Closer to home, living in Portland means access to foreign films, literary readings, art exhibitions, theater experiences, and musical performances.