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Document, preserve, interpret

Document, preserve, interpret
The Public History program at Portland State offers an undergraduate and graduate track, with courses and internship opportunities that will help you turn your passion for the past into a career.

PSU team launches new app to help atheists talk to believers

PSU team launches new app to help atheists talk to believers
A team lead by Philosophy Professor Dr. Peter Boghossian has created a new app called Atheos, which helps facilitate respectful debates between atheists and religious believers.

Let knowledge serve clean air

Let knowledge serve clean air
Dr. Linda George is the lead scientist in a new, collaborative effort to test and track air quality at select locations in Portland.
Welcome to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The College provides the intellectual foundation for the liberal and professional education of students at Portland State and for the enhancement of the quality of life in the metropolitan area.

We invite you to explore our website and learn more about the College's innovative programs, exceptional faculty, and commitment to academic excellence.

Departments & Programs

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences consists of more than 24 departments across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Request more information about applying to our programs. 


From our region to around the world, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences students and faculty conduct research that impacts our understanding and quality of life. Spanning disciplines in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities, the College is proud to have Biology professors creating new drugs to combat deadly diseases; Psychology students and faculty finding ways to prevent and address sexual violence; and World Languages and Literatures faculty examining the influence of language and culture in our global communities. Learn more about the innovative research happening in the College by attending one of our monthly Faculty Research Brown Bags.


Gifts to the Dean’s Fund for Excellence provide critical funding for scholarships and enable the Dean to invest in faculty development, public lectures and seminars, and meet the greatest needs of our students.
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