Finding your fit along an inspired path.
Students in the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) are required to ask hard questions, dig deep and challenge themselves — always with an eye toward contributing to the greater good. By learning to question, to think critically, to seek new solutions, and to risk failure, Concordia students become well-rounded citizens, thoughtful stewards, and responsible leaders. They can go out and transform their world!
Selecting the career path that’s right for you isn’t always clear — or easy. That’s all part of the process. CAS is all about exploration and discovery. Discovering what God has in store for you. Discovering what you are passionate about. Discovering how service to others can fit into your plan. To that end, each of our undergraduate degrees are painted with broad strokes, creating a skillset that can empower you for whatever career path you choose. Put your critical thinking skills to work as a psychologist. Use your communication skills for teaching or social activism. Develop strong research skills to solve problems in biology and chemistry. Use your biology degree to get into medical school. Or explore complex questions and discover different viewpoints as a student of religion. A liberal arts degree from Concordia gives you the critical skills employers are looking for – in virtually every career field.
Expand your world view
Beginning this fall, the college will implement a set of new general education requirements, including a required intercultural experience that can be accomplished anywhere in the world, including here in Portland. Students can individually design and tailor their experience to meet their career needs. The goal is to get students to step outside their comfort zone into cultures they have not experienced before, creating a practical learning environment that can be applied personally and professionally. The college wants our students to become "global citizens" and that requires cultural literacy. This new program promises to make the Concordia experience even more engaging.
SURI lets undergrads perform grad-level research.
Through our Summer Undergraduate Research Institute (SURI) undergraduate students participate in hands-on, practical research experience with a scientist faculty member. Unique to a smaller school like Concordia, SURI has been a big help in getting students into graduate school in chemistry and biology.Check out how a cloud study lets undergrads perform graduate-level research. Concordia provides a small, intimate environment where students can actively engage in research opportunities.
“Professors at Concordia are tireless in their effort to provide extracurricular opportunities for their students to specialize in any field of research.”
-- Jonathan Flores, Biology '13; Ph.D. student, University of California
How a college degree pays off
Among the most frequently asked questions from potential college students and their parents deals with career opportunities. “Can I get a job in that field?” and “What are the salary ranges?”
It is difficult to answer either question with specifics. Securing a job in any field depends on many factors, including the strength of the economy, market trends in specific job markets and skills of the college graduate in relationship to other job applicants.
The Wall Street Journal recently published an article (May 7, 2015) on college degrees and income. Melissa Korn states, “On average, college graduates earn about $1 million more in their lifetimes than do adults who only completed high school.” But you need to drill deeper into the details to understand how educational decisions can impact potential earnings. While you need a subscription to the WSJ to read the entire article, you can watch a video on their website to grasp the scope of the story (click "wsj.com/TheShortAnswer" in the lower right corner of the graph). Click HERE for the earnings graph by discipline. The complete report from the Center on Education and the Workforce from Georgetown University can be accessed here: The College Payoff: Education, Occupations, Lifetime Earnings.
In addition, PayScale provides a college salary report as to how different majors and degrees potentially affect lifetime earnings. Click on the "Major Grouping" to the left of the graph and drag your mouse over the various lines on the graph to highlight specific majors/disciplines and median earnings potential. The graph compares different degree levels along with years in the workforce. Salary information is collected by PayScale through online surveys.
Thanks for considering a degree from Concordia University Portland. We provide high quality instruction across programs to equip our graduates to transform society.