College Expert on Lewis & Clark College: An International Liberal Arts Curriculum

Lewis & Clark College is a liberal arts college. It is not only a liberal arts focused university that that really is an undergraduate school that does have a law school there is a graduate school but the primary focus of this institution is on undergraduate education.

When I’m talking to students and we’re thinking about curriculum in
general and how to decide what kind of institution you want to go to I actually push students to think about the curriculum requirements. So here at Lewis & Clark for example they do have a general education requirement.

The first thing is during the freshman year students take two semesters of a sequence to help students adapt to a college environment. This kind of university education. So the first semester is a class that everyone takes and everyone reads more or less the same books those books may change from year to year and that is really an introduction to university academic and the university academic requirements, helping students get their writing up to speed and students are you know they have a professor only 19 cans or fewer in each class and the professor can really see whether the student is ready for all of the demands of the higher level curriculum. If not they can get them into a tutoring center and help with the writing or the teacher can spend more time with that student.

The second semester is more of a a choice the students can choose lots of different topics of seminars whether it’s in the humanities, Social Sciences, the sciences and this is another writing intensive course where students are going to be reading a lot but every student has to do a major research project independent research project for that semester. So you can see by the time students finish their freshman year they’re ready to not only do high level coursework but they’re able to do independent research and writing just by that the end that first year.

The other requirements here at at Lewis and Clark are at least three semesters or two actually sorry two semesters of an independent in international kind of curriculum they also fifty percent of students to the abroad there’s also a scientific and quantitative reasoning requirement. So students got to take three semesters of that one has to be a lab and arts creative arts are required fantastic facilities for visual arts for theatre for music.

Foreign languages you have to take at least let’s see three semesters of a foreign language. So again foreign study abroad that can help meet that requirement and then there’s a year-long physical education requirement and really this is a perfect place to do it here in the Pacific Northwest near Portland which is actually in Portland. But you have right behind behind the camera you’ve got Mount Hood, you’ve got the the ocean behind me, you’ve got all kinds of possibilities for recreation as well as the more standard physical education requirements.

That’s what the requirements are here at Lewis and Clark. It’s important as you’re looking at each school these requirements yeah there’s some similarities but there are major differences and you can see here at Lewis & Clark there’s a big focus on international foreign language that’s kind of a little bit more of what Lewis and Clark is all about. So make sure when you’re thinking about which college you’re you’re you’re going to apply to think about that general education requirement it helps to define what the college is all about.

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