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This Catalog

This catalog has two basic purposes: (1) to serve as a book of record for the Willamette University College of Liberal Arts, though necessarily an incomplete one, and (2) to provide information for students who are considering application or have applied for admission to the Willamette University College of Liberal Arts.

Willamette University

Willamette University, the first university in the West, consists of the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Law, and the Atkinson Graduate School of Management. Cooperative programs enable all students to benefit from the quality curriculum available throughout the University.

Willamette has long been known for its intellectual vitality, its cohesive campus community, its concern for each student, and its ability to balance a rigorous academic program with varied and successful extracurricular opportunities. In short, Willamette prepares students for successful professional and personal lives.

Willamette faculty members are essential to this preparation. Bringing degrees from many institutions in other states and countries, faculty contribute a wide range of views and experiences to campus. With a student-faculty ratio of 10:1, all faculty are able to serve as advisors and maintain ample office hours. (Opportunities abound for students to interact both formally and informally with faculty outside the classroom as well.) Faculty members are engaged in scholarly research and publication and are given institutional support to pursue these objectives. However, the faculty is fundamentally committed to teaching.

The College of Liberal Arts is selective and seeks serious and talented students. The average first-year student in 2010 had a solid subject GPA of 3.79 and an 1890 SAT I score. Approximately 500 new students enrolled from a group of more than 8,000 applicants. About 92 percent of students receive financial aid or scholarships. Both need- and merit-based scholarships are provided. A number of honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa, support the continuing achievements of students. Undergraduate enrollment in the fall of 2009 was 1997; total University enrollment was 2838.

Willamette has a reputation for financial as well as academic stability. Its endowment is consistently listed among the largest of any college or university in the Northwest and compares favorably on a national basis. In addition to endowment income and tuition, it depends upon support through gifts and trusts.

The campus has 40 buildings on 80 acres and comes complete with rustic gardens, native wildlife and a clear-running stream. The architectural character of the campus was set by Waller Hall. While the color of the brick and the green setting of Waller Hall is important, its scale sets it apart. The close integration between buildings and landscape has been achieved as the campus has evolved. The buildings have been highly articulated with faceted and interrupted wall surfaces and broken rooflines that merge well into the layered plantings. Thirteen residence halls provide over 538,710 square feet of living and activity space for students. Athletic facilities, libraries, student center and dining provide another 283,507 square feet. Classrooms, offices, both academic and administrative, are housed in approximately 582,238 additional square feet. During the past decade, including this 2007 issue over $65 million will have been invested in campus facilities. Renovations and additional buildings have enhanced every academic department on campus. Residence halls, administrative offices, and recreational facilities have also been renovated or refurbished.

Adjacent to the campus and connected by a skybridge is Tokyo International University of America, the American campus of Willamette's Japanese sister university. TIUA offers classes in English and American studies to visiting students from Japan. Through a resident exchange program, Willamette and TIUA students have opportunities to be paired as roommates on both campuses. The close relationship offers a wealth of intercultural activities and opportunities for students of both institutions.

Willamette benefits from its location across the street from the Oregon Capitol and near other federal, state, county, and city offices. In particular, this proximity provides students with exceptional internship opportunities. A large number of students also participate in the Community Outreach Program through widely varied volunteer service projects in Salem and the region.

Statement of Equal Opportunity and Compliance

Willamette University is committed to the principle that its educational facilities, activities and employment opportunities shall be offered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, veteran status, actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or status with regard to pregnancy, disability or age. Willamette is firmly committed to adhere to the letter and spirit of all federal and state equal opportunity and civil rights laws, including but not limited to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and their implementing regulations. Willamette University complies with the Student-Right-to-Know Act, the Campus Security Act and Clery Act, the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA), and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). For information on who to contact with questions regarding the University's compliance with these laws, contact the Office of Human Resources, Willamette University, 900 State Street, Salem, OR 97301, 503-370-6210.

State of Title IX Compliance

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) prohibits discrimination based on gender in educational program which receive federal financial assistance. Areas of the institution where Title IX may have application include athletics, student recruitment and admissions, financial aid, scholarships, course offerings and access, employment, and housing and residential services. Title IX also protects students and employees, both male and female, from unlawful sexual harassment in school programs and activities. Willamette has established a committee of Title IX Coordinators to respond to concerns in these areas. Questions related to this policy can be directed to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs, who serves as chair of this committee and is the University's central Title IX Coordinator.

This catalog is designed to give prospective and current students, advisors, faculty, and friends of Willamette University an accurate picture of the curriculum, faculty, environment, and related subjects. Over the course of the years the current catalog will be in use, there will no doubt be changes in curriculum, faculty, and other important areas. Information about such changes will be disseminated to the public as appropriate. However, all provisions herein contained are subject to change without notice and do not constitute a contract or offer to contract with any person.

Visitors are welcome to the campus. The Undergraduate Office of Admission is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. during the academic year and 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. during the summer. Appointments are suggested for visitors coming on specific business. Mailing address: Willamette University, 900 State Street, Salem, Oregon 97301. Phone 503-370-6300. TDD/Voice: 503-375-5383. Fax: 503-370-6148. Website: