Academic Overview | University of Portland

Academic Overview

Your academic journey will be uniquely your own – and it all starts with what inspires you.

Every academic program falls under our College of Arts and Sciences or one of our four professional schools: the Pamplin School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Nursing, or the Shiley School of Engineering. But what’s different here is that everyone takes 13 core courses in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. The liberal arts curriculum – which includes classes in fine arts, history, English, math, theology, and philosophy – will give you the knowledge base you need in any field of study to solve complex problems and make effective and ethical decisions.

No matter the route you select, you won’t go it alone. In our smaller classes, you’ll develop close relationships with dedicated and caring professors, who will serve as mentors, guides, and even sounding boards. You’ll find that they are with you at every step of your academic journey.