Each center’s success relies on a team of interdisciplinary experts, who collaborate with community and academic organizations to host symposia and lectures, develop curriculum and fund internships. The centers also support faculty and student research, often resulting in published papers in leading scholarly journals and presentations to groups around the world.
The Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (CASA) strives to promote scholarly research to enhance our knowledge, appreciation and enjoyment of ancient cultures. By combining their expertise, faculty members representing more than a dozen disciplines formed a program rich with collaboration, critical exploration and interdisciplinary scholarship.
The Center for Asian Studies uses region-based research and scholarship, curriculum innovation and co-curricular programming to integrate and develop the Asian and Asian American resources on campus. The center creates cross-campus and interdisciplinary opportunities for faculty development, student-faculty collaboration and community outreach, in addition to serving as a locus for regional, national and international collaboration between academic and community organizations.
Influenced by the work of philosopher and mathematician Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947), CPS was founded in 1973 by professors John B. Cobb, Jr. and David Ray Griffin to conduct cutting edge interdisciplinary research guided by the view that interconnection, change, and intrinsic value are core features of the universe. CPS seeks to harmonize fragmented disciplinary thinking in order to develop more integrated and holistic modes of thought.
The Center for Religion, Law and Democracy is an interdisciplinary center devoted to exploring the role of religion in law and in public life. The center draws on Willamette’s historic and ongoing strengths as a church-related college committed to academic excellence and public service, as well as its location adjacent to the Oregon State Capitol.
The Sustainability Institute was established in 2013 as part of Willamette’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and sustainable practices — impacting the environment and the economy through opportunities that support education and equality.