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Department of Science, Religion & Interdisciplinary Studies

In the Department of Science, Religion and Interdisciplinary Studies, we explore the relationships of nature and the universe in which we live.

The B.A. in Science prepares students to be more articulate observers and communicators of scientific knowledge, as well as more conscientious participants in the Earth's ecosystem.

The M.A. in Applied Pastoral Theology is designed for those who want to pursue callings as spiritual caregivers. It integrates the study of theology with professional applications through a variety of pastoral, spiritual, cultural and historical coursework. The Master of Divinity program graduates pursue similar and expanded career paths, including ordination. Students gain a strong and balanced theological foundation within an educational, professional and spiritual context. Undergraduate students wishing to prepare for one of these graduate degrees may choose to pursue the B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrated study in religious studies.

The B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies allows students to tailor an educational focus to their individual needs and goals. Students can pursue a self-designed course of study, focus on the study of art and psychology to prepare for graduate study in art therapy counseling, or concentrate on sustainability studies to explore organizations, leadership and environmental science in examining the relationship between nature and humans.

The M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies program (MAIS) is designed for graduate students interested in exploring the human condition outside the bounds of a single discipline. Students integrate broad study with a concentrated area of professional study, consistent with the tradition of graduate liberal studies programs. MAIS is a member of the Association for Graduate Liberal Studies Programs.

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Joanne Oleksiak Premiers Documentary Film

Joanne Oleksiak, B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies alum, co-produced a documentary short film, Joe Cotter's Buckman Community Mural, premiering at McMenamin's Kennedy School on Nov. 8, 2015.

Jackie Barretta Named Interim CIO

Jackie Barretta, M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies alum, was named Interim Associate VP/Chief Information Officer at Portland Community College in July 2015.


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