About CLAS

Welcome to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the academic heart of Portland State University and its largest school.

Home to 24 departments, the college offers a world-class education to more than 7,000 undergraduate and 900 graduate students, equipping the next generation of scholars, scientists and doers with the knowledge and skills to succeed and adapt in an ever-changing world.

The college is an energetic place to learn full of exceptional faculty and staff, dynamic programs, innovative research and strong community connections. The college also serves as a hub for Portland State as we prepare students from colleges and majors across campus to find success in their fields.

Together, faculty and students in CLAS engage in teaching, learning, and research every day that helps shed new light on the past, influences our present, and shapes our future.

Particularly noteworthy are our developing research clusters that cut across disciplines and explore important issues such as social justice, migration studies, community resilience, computation and complex systems, environmental extremes, and improving undergraduate STEM education.

We invite you to explore the website to learn more about the opportunities at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.