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