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About the College of Arts & Sciences

Linfield proudly champions a liberal arts education. This approach emphasizes a well-rounded course of study in the visual and performing arts, humanities, natural sciences, mathematics, and behavioral and social sciences. The College of Arts and Sciences prepares you to think critically and creatively, communicate clearly and collaborate effectively. Such preparation cultivates a sense of personal and social responsibility, intellectual curiosity and essential skills for life after graduation.

Joe Wilferth, dean of Linfield's College of Arts & Sciences

Educating tomorrow's leaders

Message From the Dean

As we prepare students for life after graduation, we prepare them for work and productive careers. More than that, we cultivate interesting and interested people. That is, we inspire curiosity and an interest in lifelong learning.

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Admission to the College

Access to multiple areas of study led by esteemed faculty who prioritize excellence in teaching in small classroom settings. Who wouldn't want to be a part of that?
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College of Arts & Sciences

Programs of Study

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Major or Minor in

Biology

Find an entire world of discovery at Linfield while connecting classroom learning to real-world applications in the field of biology.

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Major or Minor in

Psychology

Are you curious about why and how people think, feel, remember, believe, and behave the way they do?

theatre performance of "She Kills Monsters"

Major or Minor in

Theatre Arts

Discover your best creative self in one of the most respected theatre programs in the Northwest.

Beyond the Classroom

Personal development goes hand-in-hand with your professional development. And that pursuit occurs way beyond the traditional classroom setting. There are many opportunities here waiting to cheer you on.

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Stories from the College of Arts & Sciences

Voices of Linfield

Ronan standing portrait style
Ronan jumping over a hurdle
Ronan standing portrait style
Always On the Go
Even when he’s not actively competing in soccer or track, Linfeld’s Ronan Krutzikowsky spends his free time working to become a better all-around athlete.
Alexandra's decorated mortar board at graduation
Alexandra Feller '21
Alexandra's decorated mortar board at graduation
Leading a Team of Storytellers
“The Linfield Review WAS my college experience. It is so dear to my heart and has been super crucial for me in my journey as a journalism and media studies major.”
Latinx seniors 2021 group photo
Antonio Peña Anaya '21
Latinx seniors 2021 group photo
Honoring Linfield's Latinx Graduates
"And, most importantly I want to say thank you to our parents and families who sacrificed everything for us to be here today. This is as much their diploma as it is ours; we are their American Dream come true."
senior bench art for the class of 2021
close-up of the senior bench art for the class of 2021
senior bench art for the class of 2021
A Sign of Resilience
As they embark on their next journey, the class of 2021 leaves behind a legacy that truly encapsulates the Linfield experience: uncommon.
flame thrower at Linfield's 48th Annual Lu'au and Ho'ike
Linfield's Hui O Lōkahi Club
flame thrower at Linfield's 48th Annual Lu'au and Ho'ike
Linfield's 48th Annual Lu'au and Ho'ike
Each performance was a beautiful celebration of culture, community and art under the theme of No Ka Lāhui, which means “for the nation.” This phrase grew out of a movement to protect sacred Hawaiian land from desecration. 
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Caroline Hall's art installation
Linfield University Miller Fine Arts Center
Creating Community
For many during the pandemic, art has been a consistent way to pass the time. For three Linfield University seniors, visual and sculptural art has been a part of their life for as long as they can remember.
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Kendall Harrison '21 and Nathaly Sanchez '21 in Linfield's podcast studio
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NPR Podcasting Honors
Nathaly Sanchez '21 and Kendall Harrison '21 received honorable mentions in the NPR Podcast Challenge on April 6, putting them in the top 25 winning podcasts from college students across the country. Linfield is one of only two schools that had multiple students in the top 25.
Jillian Quiett '23
Jillian and her mini Lionhead Rabbit Emery
Jillian Quiett '23
Comforting Companions
Living with a pet can come with many benefits in everyday life, like encouraging exercise, socialization and reducing the likelihood of stress and anxiety.
Natalie's wine label art work
Nathaly Sanchez '21
Natalie's wine label art work
Capturing a Feeling
“As a senior, I could not have pictured myself leaving Linfield University with an accomplishment like this,” Nathaly said. “I know it will serve its purpose well, and on account of that, I feel grateful and proud.”
Linfield’s Hui O Lōkahi Club rehearsal for the 2021 lu'au
students rehearsing for the 2021 lu'au
Linfield’s Hui O Lōkahi Club rehearsal for the 2021 lu'au
Carrying On With Tradition
The Hui O Lōkahi Club’s (formerly Hawai’i Club) lu'au has been a longstanding tradition here at Linfield. Unlike last year, COVID-19 won't stop them from putting on a great show this spring, thanks to adaptive event planning and safety protocols.
Linfield's McMinnville campus in spring bloom
Mara Youngren-Brown '21 speaking at Linfield's first LAB Summit
Linfield's McMinnville campus in spring bloom
Closing the door on Linfield's inaugural LAB summit
The theme of the entire summit focused on one student-generated question that was established at the beginning of 2020’s fall semester: “How can we (students, faculty, staff at Linfield) help to address complex social problems and global crises?”
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Salma Galvan portrait
Linfield University McMinnville campus
Experiencing a New Way of Life
“I hope to live in Ecuador as authentically as I can; not to be a tourist, but rather a part of the community.”
Colton pitching
Colton portrait
Colton pitching
Rising to the Challenge
“Linfield brings the character out in each student. Our coaches aren’t necessarily just trying to make us better players, they’re trying to make us better people. You see that in the classroom as well, the professors all show good character and they’re very personable. Learning how to be a better human is taught in the classroom.”
Lab Research
Ariel Miyama
Lab Research
Meet Ariel Miyama
“Linfield is a great place for opportunity, I never would have learned the excitement I get from working in a lab without Dr. Ray and Linfield.”
Professor Finkelman
Professor Finkelman
Professor Finkelman
Faculty Profile: Leonard Finkelman
From the philosophy of Star Wars, to dinosaurs and Godzilla, to a zombie apocalypse, Finkelman provides an open-minded, thought-provoking approach to his work and a valuable learning experience to his students.
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students on first day of classes
Staying the course
Now is not the time for complacency.
Peer Body Project
Peer Educator Maddi Jura
Peer Body Project
Peer Body Project Educator, Maddi
"After going through the peer body project program, I feel passionate about helping to spread the word of this amazing organization!"
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Mara Youngren-Brown '21
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Exceeding Her Greatest Expectations
“I chose Linfield because I had family close by, but the biggest factor in my decision was the financial aid package. Linfield offered me the most generous scholarships, which was extremely important to me, especially since I am paying for my own college education.”
Psychology Dept’s Ambassador Fridays
Angie Gomez
Psychology Dept’s Ambassador Fridays
Meet Psychology Student Ambassador Angie Gomez
"I have experience juggling multiple positions and commitments - time management is key!"
Psychology Dept’s Ambassador Fridays
Olivia Edgington
Psychology Dept’s Ambassador Fridays
Meet Psychology Student Ambassador Olivia
"I was impressed by the professor’s passions for their subjects and commitment to helping their students succeed."
Psychology Dept’s Ambassador Fridays
Jenna
Psychology Dept’s Ambassador Fridays
Psychology Student Ambassador: Jenna
"I am an attacker on the team who scored 40 goals and received second Team All-Conference Honors in the 2019 season."
Psychology Dept’s Ambassador Fridays
Tessa
Psychology Dept’s Ambassador Fridays
Meet Psychology Student Ambassador Tessa
I decided to transfer to Linfield to be closer to home, because of the small-school size, and the tight-knit community that Linfield fosters.
Psychology Dept’s Ambassador Fridays
Nissa Jensen
Psychology Dept’s Ambassador Fridays
Meet Psychology Student Ambassador Nissa
It’s okay not to know exactly what you’re doing, as long as you follow your passions and interests
Peer Body Project
Abby Gorton
Peer Body Project
Peer Body Project Educator, Abby
She is so excited to help the women on our campus and to spread body positivity and LOVE!
Peer Body Project
Angie Gomez Horta
Peer Body Project
Peer Body Project Educator, Angie
"Creating change begins with conversations, this is exactly what we’re doing!"
Peer Body Project
Nissa Jenson
Peer Body Project
Peer Body Project Educator, Nissa
"Let’s be body activists together and make a change!"
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ASLU officers 2020-21
aerial shot of the McMinnville campus
ASLU McMinnville Campus: 2020 student leadership
Meet the 2020-21 ASLU officers on the McMinnville campus.
Brielle Kromer riding in rodeo
Brielle Kromer
Brielle Kromer riding in rodeo
Rodeo Reign
At two weeks old, Brielle Kromer was already at her first rodeo.
Bailey Hardinge playing lacrosse
Bailey Hardinge
Bailey Hardinge playing lacrosse
Experiencing Something New
As a part of her education major, Hardinge gained extensive experience student-teaching at local public schools. Senior year, she student-taught eighth grade science at Duniway Middle School and freshman biology at McMinnville High School. Creating lesson plans and helping teach students turned out to be extremely gratifying for Hardinge.
Alana Nuttman
Alana Nuttman
Alana Nuttman
Compassion and Compression
She didn’t know it at the time, but his ability to make every athlete feel comfortable and supported became motivation in her own career goals.
Emma Anderson class of 2020 with her luggage
Isis Hatcher with three classmates at her university in Tokyo.
Emma Anderson class of 2020 with her luggage
The Decision to Stay or Go
The spring 2020 semester seemed to be no different from previous semesters, with many students studying all across the globe. All of that changed in February and March 2020. While the COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone, its impact on Linfield students studying abroad is quite different than those in McMinnville and Portland.
Campus View
Kay Livesay
Campus View
Professor Kay Livesay
Emoji's Mean What?
Four Linfield students showed their “I VOTED” pride during the 2018 midterm elections.
Faculty and staff also got into the voting spirit on November 6, 2018.
Four Linfield students showed their “I VOTED” pride during the 2018 midterm elections.
Making their voices heard
As the 2020 elections draw ever closer, Linfield plans to continue impressing the importance of student expression and involvement and supporting opportunities centered around such activities.
Lee Bakner
Lee Bakner
Lee Bakner
Professor Lee Bakner
How can we better understand the contributing factors and behaviors to addiction?
Frederick Douglass Symposium
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Frederick Douglass Symposium
Alexander Scholar - Pedro Graterol
"Ask questions! Don’t be afraid of being wrong because you are here to learn! There are people in the department always willing to listen and help."
Frederick Douglass Symposium
Image of Alexander Scholar Joe McDowell
Frederick Douglass Symposium
Alexander Scholar - Joe McDowell
"My favorite class has been international politics because it helped me use history and theory to understand current political issues."
Frederick Douglass Symposium
Image of Alexander Scholar Caitlin Meek
Frederick Douglass Symposium
Alexander Scholar - Caitlin Meek
"Get involved early! Going to Scholarship Competition Day and introducing myself early on has really helped me during my first semester at Linfield."
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Student Delanie Strauss
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There’s a lot to explore
Traveling is an opportunity to see new places, experience different cultures and broaden your personal attributes. One of the unique opportunities offered in higher education is the opportunity to study abroad. Students have the privilege of immersing themselves in a foreign environment, furthering their education and development.
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New Linfield faculty members fall 2019
Aerial view of McMinnville campus
Meet Linfield's newest faculty members
A roller derby announcer. A podcast host. An artist. Linfield’s newest professors are brilliant and an interesting group.
Int'l Students
Club Activites
Int'l Students
Messages from International Students
More than 40 different clubs offer cultural, athletic, academic, recreational or service-oriented activities for students.
Int'l Students
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Int'l Students
Messages from International Students
I learned something new at Linfield. I learned that you don't have to be smart in everything, just do your best.
Int'l Students
Lucy Zeya Chang
Int'l Students
Messages from International Students
Life After Linfield...
Friendship Family Programs
Friendship Family Programs
Friendship Family Programs
Messages from International Students
The friendship family program is fantastic
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International Programs Office
IPO Masthead pic
Messages from International Students
I still remember the first day I came to the International Programs Office (IPO). The staff at IPO greeted me as if I am one of their closest long time friends.
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Roommates
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Messages from International Students
Making friends is easy in Linfield. We help out each other all the time.
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Joe Stuart ’19, calls play-by-play in a men’s basketball game for the Linfield Sports Network
Linfield University Pioneer hall
More than a paycheck
For college students, a little disposable income from an on-campus job for the occasional lunch away from the dining hall or online spending spree is nice. But for Joe Stuart ’19, Efrain Martinez ’19, Cristina Ortiz ’20 and Vanessa Ong ’22, on-campus employment opportunities are far more valuable than the monthly paychecks.