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Summer Session

Summer Session
Make PSU part of your summer plans! The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is offering more than 350 courses both online and in person. Registration open now.

Words from the Woods

Words from the Woods
The department of Environmental Science and Management presents their annual alumni lecture and student research colloquium on May 21.

The Archaeology of Food

The Archaeology of Food
Taste native fish from tribal fisheries, sample mead brewed from historic recipes, and celebrate archaeology from this region and beyond at the Archaeology Roadshow on Saturday, May 30.
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 departments across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. To see a full listing of our academic departments and programs, click here


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 our internationally-renown faculty and the innovative research happening at Portland State University. 


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