Putting it all together: Learning as living
The Concordia humanities major emphasizes intellectual exploration to seek answers — recognizing that literature, history, and theology are connected in their attempt to make sense of the world. Both in and out of class, students explore the paradox, complexity, and mystery of humanity in multiple contexts — then use that knowledge to become effective leaders for our international community. Courses are simultaneously intellectual and practical, focusing on two basic questions of human existence: How can we live together more successfully, and how do psychology, politics, theology, history, philosophy, and literature inform and reflect this ongoing struggle? Through studies, discussions, and travel – both local and international – students become more informed citizens and develop problem-solving, critical thinking, and communications skills that are key tools for any profession.
A small, discussion-based class environment fosters an ongoing dialog between faculty and fellow students. Instructors quickly get to know students well, serving as both teachers and mentors. Interdisciplinary courses highlight issues from historical, political, and artistic perspectives. A humanities degree provides an ideal entryway into graduate school and opens up many other career options, including teacher, artist, translator, journalist, advertising, social worker, counselor, advocacy, human resources specialist, event organizer, public relations manager, technical writer, lawyer, linguist, just to name a few.
- Courses emphasize a global outlook, examining the interconnectedness of people throughout the world
- Senior theses and independent studies challenge students to develop critical thinking, research, and communication skills
- Career opportunities include teaching, writing, and social activism, as well as business and church leadership.
“I had a great experience at Concordia – some of the best years of my life. The highlights of the experience, and the element which I believe has facilitated of much of what I’ve done since, is the focus on relationship-based learning.” – Bryant Carlson ’97
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.