College of Arts & Sciences

The College of Arts & Sciences strives to create a community of mature, critical thinkers informed by the Christian faith who become leaders in service to the Church and society. Students are challenged to explore a wide variety of liberal arts and pre-professional course offerings in order to better prepare them to deal with the rapid pace of change encountered in today’s world. Majors offered are in a variety of exciting fields including biology, chemistry, English, history, humanities, interdisciplinary studies, music, psychology, and religion. New students join award-winning faculty in a variety of activities including carrying out cutting-edge research, assisting young people in coping with tragedy in their lives, or carrying the gospel of Jesus to the peoples of China. These and many other opportunities challenge Concordia students who are a community of learners guided by caring, Christian faculty who know each student as a person and work hard to support all students in their quest for fulfillment and meaning in life.

Special Offerings of the College of Arts & Sciences

3+3 BA to JD Program

The College of Arts & Sciences has partnered with the Concordia Law School in Boise permitting students to earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree and Juris Doctor (JD) in a reduced period of time. The typical path to enter the legal profession requires students to first earn an undergraduate degree (in most cases a BA) which typically takes at least four years. Once accepted into law school, students generally complete three more years of courses to earn a JD before being eligible to take the Bar exam. This process generally takes seven years. The 3+3 BA to JD Program potentially trims one year off the degree path permitting students to receive dual credit for one year of courses making it possible to acquire both degrees in six years.

Participating students enrolling at Concordia-Portland would declare a major in English, history, humanities, religion or psychology. Students would complete all required courses for the major, less 30 elective hours. During their junior year, a participating student would apply for admission to the Law School and take the LSAT (must achieve a minimum 152 score). After successful acceptance into Law School, students would move to Boise for the subsequent three years of courses. The first year of Law School would be considered dual credit, completing the fourth year of electives in the undergraduate major and the first year of law courses. Students would be awarded a BA after successful completion of the first year of law courses.

Individuals opting to follow this path must successfully meet all undergraduate degree requirements which includes earning a minimum of 124 credit hours and completing a senior capstone experience (e.g. thesis, practicum or internship, depending on the major). The program is geared for highly motivated students interested in ultimately pursuing a legal career and requires taking courses in a specific sequence. Contact the College of Arts & Sciences or Admissions for more information.

Art at Grunewald Guild

Students may receive credits through Concordia University by special arrangement with Grunewald Guild and Concordia’s Chief Academic Officer and Registrar. Courses are offered at the Guild in summer. The Grunewald Guild is located in Leavenworth, Washington. Additional information is available through the Performing and Visual Arts Department.

Field Biology Program

Concordia is proud to offer a well-established Field Biology Program with a broad spectrum of experiences available domestically and abroad both for science and non-science majors. We strongly believe that firsthand experience in the outside world is a must for a contemporary liberal arts education. Different formats are available within this program to meet student’s needs: field labs within traditional science lab courses; short field-based biology seminars and topics in science courses (two weekends in the field); ten day long field courses (with biology, ecology, geology, history and culture components) in the United States (Ecology and Geology of Pacific Northwest, Grand Canyon and Sonora Desert, Hawaii), and abroad (Tropical Biology in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras). For students interested in field research, upper division research-based classes are offered annually in different parts of the world (Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Nepal, etc.). Part of the Field Biology Program is a collaborative effort of Concordia-Portland and Concordia-Texas when students and professors from both universities travel and study together.

The Shakespeare Authorship Studies Conference

Concordia University’s Shakespeare Authorship Research Centre sponsors the Shakespeare Authorship Studies Conference, an international congress of scholars and students of Shakespeare that convenes annually on the campus of Concordia University.

This four-day conference is dedicated to the furtherance of Shakespeare scholarship and demonstration of the breadth and depth of the skepticism that prompts legitimate doubt regarding conventional assumptions about the origins of the Shakespeare texts. Undergraduate and graduate student participation is encouraged.

The Shakespeare Authorship Studies Seminar

The annual Shakespeare Authorship Studies Seminar is the cornerstone of the summer educational project of the Shakespeare Authorship Research Centre.

One week each August, the SARC offers intensive instruction and discussion on topics related to the study of the Shakespeare texts. These studies proceed, in part, from the thesis that the works of Shakespeare may have been the pseudonymous composition by a writer or writers other than the tradesman to whom the authorship of the Shakespeare canon conventionally has been attributed. Recent topics have included Shakespeare and Religion, Shakespeare and the Apocrypha, The Tudor Heir Thesis, Canonicity, and Shakespeare’s Poetry.

Study weeks include instruction, as well as occasional diversions such as local tours, recreational opportunities and theatrical entertainment. For more information, contact the College of Arts & Sciences or go to:

Admissions Standards to Programs and Majors

General Admissions Standards for the College of Arts & Sciences Programs and Majors (Except the Interdisciplinary Studies Major):

  1. Completion of 45 semester hours of credit with a cumulative GPA of 2.50.
  2. Successful completion of 30 semester hours of courses required to meet the general education requirements of the university.
  3. Successful completion of at least one course in the program or major on Concordia’s campus. Provisional acceptance of transfer students may occur, pending successful completion of such a course.
  4. A maximum of 50% of the academic work required for completion of a program or major will be applied to the graduation requirements prior to full admission to the College of Arts & Sciences.
  5. Completion of an “Application for Admission to the College of Arts & Sciences.” Such application will include an essay describing the student’s professional and academic goals, contain two references to the student’s potential, and provide personal information necessary to communicate with the student.
  6. Successful completion of a standardized test of basic knowledge, skills, and attitudes appropriate to the field of study, or another evaluation tool (e.g., portfolio of work).
  7. Successful completion of an oral interview of the applicant by a committee of faculty determined and assigned by the Department Chair of the program or major for which the application is being made. This interview will normally take place during the second semester of the sophomore year for traditional students, and at the end of the first semester in residency for transfer students, provided the above criteria are met.

Specific admission standards may vary by major.

Notification of successful or unsuccessful completion of the admissions process will be made by the appropriate Department Chair to the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. The student will be notified of the results by the Dean.