Undergraduate Catalog

Mission of Lewis & Clark

The following language, drawn from Exploring for the Global Good: A Strategic Plan for Lewis & Clark as the Next 150 Begins, was adopted by the Board of Trustees in October 2018. It pertains to all three schools of Lewis & Clark: the College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Education and Counseling, and the Northwestern School of Law.


Lewis & Clark’s mission is to be an internationally leading liberal arts institution consisting of an undergraduate college and two professional schools, each of which has a reputation that enhances the whole.


Lewis & Clark will be a national leader in higher education that prepares students for meaningful careers, civic engagement, and lifelong discovery. Together we seek a just and sustainable society here in Portland, across our nation, and around the world.


Lewis & Clark’s three distinctive schools are united by a core purpose: to empower our graduates to make a positive impact on the world.

Our graduates are explorers. With the guidance of faculty and staff, Lewis & Clark students discover their interests, pursue their passions, and embark on paths that lead to expertise in their chosen fields.

Our graduates are critical and creative thinkers. Lewis & Clark students develop a mastery of inquiry through writing, analysis, and evaluation.

Our graduates are collaborators. Lewis & Clark students learn to understand themselves and the value each person brings. They are global citizens who consider multiple perspectives as they work with others to address challenges.


  • Collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking
  • A caring and supportive community
  • Sustainability
  • Global perspectives
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Curiosity, adventure, innovation, and leadership