With 66 academic programs across 4 campuses, the College of Liberal Arts has a program for every student. In addition to undergraduate and graduate courses, CLA offers certificate programs (validating a student's knowledge of specific skills within an undergraduate degree) and pre-professional programs (undergraduate programs that prepare students for a professional degree after their bachelor's).


Filter the list by program type or location below.

American Studies

The mission of the American Studies major at OSU-Cascades is to prepare students to spark new thinking and practices in a broad range of fields including business, teaching, fine arts, arts administration, law, medicine, public service, and graduate programs in the humanities or social sciences.

Undergraduate Major Bachelor's
Bend

Anthropology

Anthropology bridges sciences and the humanities while developing critical thinking, communication, group processes, and the ability to work independently.

Undergraduate Minor Major Bachelor's Graduate Grad. Minor Grad. Major Master's PhD Certificate Certificate
Corvallis, ECampus

Applied Anthropology

These courses of study integrate anthropological theory and practice within a specific concentration chosen by the student.

Graduate Grad. Minor Grad. Major Master's PhD
Corvallis

Applied Ethics

Applied Ethics builds upon the various courses in ethics taught in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion and courses with ethics-related content found throughout the university, in order to provide students with a systematic and thorough understanding of the moral world for their civic, professional, and personal lives.

Graduate Grad. Minor Grad. Major Master's Certificate Certificate
Corvallis

Applied Journalism

The mission of the Applied Journalism minor is to provide the OSU students already invested in journalistic careers with a formal curriculum of classes and interactive media experiences that position contemporary journalism as innovative, rigorous and devoted to upholding stringent ethical standards.

Undergraduate Minor
Corvallis

Art History

The art history program offers a comprehensive overview of the history of art, with special emphasis on contemporary and Asian art.

Undergraduate Minor Major Bachelor's
Corvallis

Arts, Media, and Technology

This program provides students with the required skills needed for the contemporary visual arts and design fields. Specifically, the degree provides students with skills in digital imaging, video, design, interactivity, gaming, and 3D output as well as basic visual studies fundamentals in creative communication, color theory, image output and display.

Undergraduate Minor Major Bachelor's
Bend

Asian Languages and Cultures

Provides a broad background in Asian languages and cultures which will enable the student to explore Asia from various disciplinary perspectives in order to prepare for graduate study or a professional career.

Undergraduate Minor
Corvallis

Asian Studies

The minor program will provide an opportunity for students majoring in fields such as business, engineering, or sciences who will be working in Asia or with Asians. They will gain a significant degree of cultural literacy that will be critical for their professional success.

Undergraduate Minor
Corvallis

College Student Services Administration

The Graduate Certificate in College Student Services Administration is designed to enhance core knowledge and skills for higher education professionals and aspiring professionals who seek to strengthen their skills, knowledge and professional practice in the arena of student services.

Graduate Certificate Grad. Certificate
ECampus

College Student Services Administration

The College Student Services Administration program offers preparation in the organization, leadership and administration of programs, services, and facilities in postsecondary education.

Graduate Grad. Major Master's Certificate Certificate Grad. Certificate
Corvallis, ECampus

Contemplative Studies

This minor combines courses from several areas to foster an objective understanding of contemplative practices and philosophies by studying them in the context of psychology, philosophy, religion, history, health, and other academic areas.

Undergraduate Minor
Corvallis

Creative Writing

The creative writing major’s disciplinary foundations are the study of the craft of creative writing combined with rigorous study of literature. Students develop their expertise in reading literature in conjunction with their development of writing craft.

Undergraduate Major Bachelor's Graduate Grad. Minor Grad. Major Master's
Bend, Corvallis

Digital Communication Arts

Students focus their studies on a part of the discipline of New Media Communications. The BA/BS/HBA/HBS of Digital Communication Arts studies the intersection of media and social life. The BFA in Digital Communication Arts focuses on media production.

Undergraduate Major Bachelor's
Corvallis, ECampus

Economics

This major offers the following options:
• General Economics
• Law, Economics and Policy
• Managerial Economics
• Mathematical Economics

Undergraduate Minor Major Bachelor's
Corvallis, ECampus

Education

Preprofessional
Corvallis

Energy Policy

Rooted in Sociology, Economics, Political Science, and various natural resource sciences, students will gain valuable interdisciplinary insights into complex challenges involving energy resources. Students are offered a choice of several courses that will prepare them with the skills and competencies needed to understand economic, social, political and cultural dynamics of energy policy, and to design and evaluate energy policy as it pertains to Oregon and other contexts.

Graduate Certificate Certificate Grad. Certificate
ECampus

English

The English major includes an array of subjects ranging in literary history to film and visual culture, creative and nonfiction writing, rhetoric and literacy, and the digital humanities.

Undergraduate Minor Major Bachelor's Graduate Grad. Minor Grad. Major Master's
Bend, Corvallis

Environmental Arts and Humanities

Graduate Areas of Concentration: Environmental imagination, environmental action, environmental thinking

Graduate Grad. Minor Grad. Major Master's
Corvallis

Ethnic Studies

Ethnic Studies is an interdisciplinary field critically engaging the historical and ongoing impact of race and ethnicity primarily in the US but within a global context.

Undergraduate Minor Major Bachelor's Graduate Grad. Minor
Corvallis

Film Studies

The Film Studies minor is designed to give students a coherent introduction to film criticism, theory, and history (what those of us in the field call "critical studies") as well as more specialized and/or advanced classes in film genres, authors (auteurs), and cultural studies.

Undergraduate Minor
Corvallis

Food in Culture and Social Justice

This certificate is available as a standalone program. Food is more than simple nourishment. It is part of a system of communication firmly rooted in individual and group identities within cultures around the world.

Undergraduate Minor Certificate Certificate
Corvallis, ECampus

French

French is the official language in 29 countries around the world and an official language of the United Nations, NATO, the European Union and the International Red Cross.

Undergraduate Minor Major Bachelor's
Corvallis, ECampus

German

Individualized development of German language proficiency and intercultural competence via intensive content-based language learning following the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Undergraduate Minor Major Bachelor's
Corvallis, ECampus

Global Development Studies

“Development” refers to the expansion of economic activity, integration into global flows of information and commerce, and improvement of the quality of life.

Undergraduate Minor
Corvallis

Global Learning

Students gain global awareness and intercultural competence in their primary fields of study through coursework, study abroad, and/or language learning. The GLC provides cross-cultural skills and a valuable, transcript-visible professional credential for an increasingly globalized and interconnected world.

Certificate Certificate
Corvallis

Graphic Design

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design (GD) is an exciting and rigorous program at OSU. The disciplinary foundations of graphic design are rooted in visual problem solving, design theory and history, as well as professional practices that tie into business and marketing for specific audiences.

Undergraduate Minor Major Bachelor's
Corvallis, ECampus

Guitar

A Guitar Minor designed to introduce students to essential concepts in music theory, history, technology, and performance in both the solo and ensemble mediums.

Undergraduate Minor
Corvallis

History

This major offers the following options:

  • Community History and Civic Engagement
  • Global Perspectives on War, Peace, and Empire
  • History of Science and Technology
Undergraduate Minor Major Bachelor's Graduate Grad. Minor Grad. Major Master's
Corvallis, ECampus

History and Philosophy of Science

Graduate Areas of Concentration
History of science and medicine, development of the physical, biological, and environmental sciences, intellectual and social history of science in Europe and the U.S.

Graduate Grad. Minor Grad. Major Master's PhD
Corvallis

International Studies

The International Degree is Oregon State University’s unique double-degree program. It allows any interested undergraduate student the opportunity to explore the international dimensions of any primary major. International Degree students demonstrate intermediate proficiency in a second language, knowledge in international affairs and global issues, international and/or domestic intercultural experience, and ability to conduct research through a thesis or capstone project.

Undergraduate Major Bachelor's
Corvallis

Language in Culture

The interdisciplinary Language in Culture undergraduate certificate provides students who have an interest in language diversity and linguistics the opportunity and skills to deepen their knowledge of the structure and power of languages.

Undergraduate Certificate Certificate
Corvallis

Latin American Affairs

Students earning a Latin American Affairs certificate will have gained a broad knowledge and understanding of the history and current situation in Latin America.

Undergraduate Certificate Certificate
Corvallis

Liberal Studies

A BA or BS degree in Liberal Studies is available for students whose academic and career interests suggest greater curricular breadth and flexibility than is available in other major programs.

Undergraduate Major Bachelor's
Bend, Corvallis, ECampus

Marine Studies

Marine Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study that explores the dynamic relationship between people and the marine environment. The Marine Studies program contributes to this field by emphasizing the human dimensions and perspectives of the coasts and ocean. These human dimensions coalesce in the social sciences, arts, and humanities.

Undergraduate Major Bachelor's
Corvallis, Newport

Medical Humanities

This certificate is available as a standalone program.

The undergraduate certificate in Medical Humanities offers OSU students a multi-disciplinary integrated program to study health, medicine, and the healing professions.

Undergraduate Certificate Certificate
Corvallis, ECampus

Military History

Issues such as war and peace have continually been part of the human condition. This military history minor is designed to better inform students regarding the questions and controversies surrounding military and peace studies.

Undergraduate Minor
Corvallis, ECampus

Music

The School of Arts and Communication participates in the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies degree and Master of Arts in Teaching degree. Contact the school for entrance requirements for the MAT degree.

Undergraduate Minor Major Bachelor's Graduate Grad. Minor
Corvallis

Music Performance

The Music Performance minor focuses attention on the development of performance skills in studio lessons and ensembles that contribute to aptitudes and proficiencies necessary for a lifetime participation in the arts.

Undergraduate Minor
Corvallis

Music Studies

This major offers the following option(s):

  • Instrumental Performance
  • Music Education
  • Piano Performance and Pedagogy
  • Piano Performance
  • Vocal Performance, Pedagogy and Literature
Undergraduate Major Bachelor's
Corvallis

New Media Communications

New Media Communications (NMC) minor focuses on mediated storytelling and the new media technology that makes it possible.

Undergraduate Minor
Corvallis, ECampus

Peace Studies

The undergraduate certificate in Peace Studies offers OSU students a multi-disciplinary, integrated program focused on strategies for peace. The certificate incorporates courses from a wide variety of disciplines.

Undergraduate Certificate Certificate
Corvallis

Philosophy

Philosophy provides a broad education and intellectual skills that are useful in many occupations and areas of life. It is also a valuable background for graduate study in philosophy and religious studies and for advanced study in such professional fields as law and public service.

Undergraduate Minor Major Bachelor's Graduate Grad. Minor
Corvallis, ECampus

Photography

The Photography minor creates an opportunity for non-Photography majors to study and practice photography, digital imaging and collaborative digital arts practices.

Undergraduate Minor
Corvallis

Political Science

This major offers the following option(s):

  • Environmental and Energy Politics
  • International Affairs
  • Law and Politics

Political Science is the systematic study of politics wherever it takes place—in governmental institutions, the international arena, and civil society.

Undergraduate Minor Major Bachelor's Graduate
Bend, Corvallis, ECampus

Popular Music

The Popular Music Studies minor provides an opportunity for students to examine popular music as a cultural, social, creative and a viable economic field. The minor provides students with literacy in several popular music genres including American music, rock n’ roll, hip hop, film music, reggae, musical theatre, songwriting, jazz, music business and software. This minor does not require an audition or ability to read music.

Undergraduate Minor
Corvallis, ECampus

Pre-Law

Law school is very different than most undergraduate institutions. While law school students learn to become better thinkers, writers, and speakers, law school is not an extension of an undergraduate degree program.

Preprofessional
Corvallis

Pre-Med

More information about medical school, and careers in medicine, can be found at the College of Science's Premedical website. The medical preceptorship program is designed for junior and senior pre-medical students interested in gaining valuable experience in the medical field. Students are matched with community physicians according to the student's interests and availability in local hospitals, clinics and physicians' offices.

Preprofessional
Corvallis

Psychology

The School of Psychological Science offers students a variety of educational avenues that provide the necessary tools for competency in, and appreciation for, psychology as a scientific discipline.

Many of our graduates will go straight into the workforce into areas such as human services, human resources, and educational assistants.

Undergraduate Minor Major Bachelor's Graduate Grad. Minor Grad. Major Master's PhD
Bend, Corvallis, ECampus

Public Policy

The discipline of public policy is closely connected to the practice of policy and this program ensures that students interact with policy-makers as well as the knowledge-producers who support policy decisions. The Public Policy Major will provide students with a set of research, analytical, and management skills that will be transferable across sectors and across issue areas.

Undergraduate Major Bachelor's Graduate Grad. Major Master's PhD
Corvallis, ECampus

Queer Studies

The undergraduate minor in Queer Studies prepares students to examine how gender and sexuality are constructed and policed and, further, imagines liberatory futures for people of all genders and sexualities.

Undergraduate Minor Graduate Grad. Minor
Corvallis, ECampus

Religious Studies

The School of History, Philosophy, and Religion offers a BA or BS degree in Religious Studies as well as a minor in Religious Studies, and an undergraduate certificate in medical humanities. Courses emphasize skills in critical thinking, argumentative and expository writing, cultural literacy, citizenship, and global diversity.

Undergraduate Minor Major Bachelor's
Corvallis, ECampus

Rural Policy

The Graduate Certificate in Rural Policy is an 18-credit multi-disciplinary offered through OSU Extended Campus by the School of Public Policy. Students have a choice of over a dozen courses that will prepare them with the skills and competencies needed to understand economic, social, political and cultural dynamics of rural places, and to design and evaluate rural policy as it pertains to Oregon and other contexts.

Graduate Certificate Certificate Grad. Certificate
ECampus

Scientific, Technical, and Professional Communication

The undergraduate certificate in Scientific, Technical, and Professional Communication is an interdisciplinary program offered by the School of Writing, Literature and Film and the School of Arts and Communication.

Undergraduate Certificate Certificate
Corvallis

Social Justice

The Social Justice minor provides interdisciplinary academic classes in which students think critically about social justice and experiential learning activities in which students engage in the work of social justice.

Undergraduate Minor
Corvallis

Social Science

At OSU-Cascades (Bend, OR), students can pursue a social science degree with an option in law and society, cultures and identities, community development and leadership, humans and the environment, or a general SSCI option.

Undergraduate Major Bachelor's
Bend

Sociology

This major offers the following option(s):

  • Crime and Justice
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Sociology

Sociology is the study of human social behavior and sociologists examine interactions within and between groups and resulting social institutions.

Undergraduate Minor Major Bachelor's Graduate Grad. Minor
Corvallis, ECampus

Spanish

The Spanish program at Oregon State University provides students with the opportunity to learn about and through the cultural and linguistic diversity of the Spanish-speaking world, both locally and globally. Our classes are student-centered and proficiency-based, and they prepare students to live bilingually both in their personal and professional lives.

Undergraduate Minor Major Bachelor's
Corvallis, ECampus

Speech Communication

This major offers the following option(s):

  • Communication
  • Theater Arts

Students majoring in Speech Communication must choose between a Communication option and a Theater Arts option.

Undergraduate Major Bachelor's Graduate Grad. Minor
Corvallis

Studio Art

The studio art program is an interdisciplinary curriculum that enables students to gain a deeper understanding of their own ideas and how they relate to larger historical and cultural contexts. Courses at the 100 level stress fundamental aspects of visual literacy. Courses numbered 200 through 499 offer increasingly intensive study in painting, printmaking, sculpture, expanded media, and drawing. We have an outstanding scholarship program, and we encourage majors to apply for these awards.

Undergraduate Minor
Corvallis

Theatre Arts

The course requirements for students pursuing a Theatre Arts option are designed with the intention of allowing students and their faculty advisers to devise a program most suited to the student's specific needs and objectives.

Undergraduate Minor
Corvallis

User Experience Research

User experience and research focuses on the psychological aspects of the field of human’s interactions with computer technologies. User experience research is a subarea of Human Computer Interaction and the behavior sciences.

Undergraduate Minor
Corvallis, ECampus

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

The Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies major represents multidisciplinary approaches to the study of gender and sexuality, particularly as they intersect with race, ethnicity, class, culture, nation, and ability.

Undergraduate Minor Major Bachelor's Graduate Grad. Minor Grad. Major Master's PhD Certificate Certificate
Corvallis, ECampus

Writing

The School of Writing, Literature, and Film offers a Writing Minor that is distinctive and flexible. Coursework toward a the Writing Minor may be taken on-campus or through Ecampus, or with a combination of on-campus and Ecampus courses.

Undergraduate Minor
Corvallis, ECampus

Yoga Studies and Yoga Teacher Training

The program combines yoga praxis and instruction with academic accountability and a scholarly approach to yoga made possible by OSU’s expertise in the academic study of yoga.

Undergraduate Certificate Certificate
Corvallis