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Perform in a top-notch theater, an award-winning jazz ensemble, chamber choir, or orchestra. Publish your creative writing in magazines or on-stage in a poetry slam. Join Debate Watch in a nationally-recognized civic communication and media studies program. Research and write materials for an art museum exhibit.

We cherish art and communication. Innovative programs in the creative and visual arts give you the skills needed for careers as professional artists, as well as transferable skills used in business, law, or endless other occupations.

And our very own art museum — The Hallie Ford Museum of Art — is an invaluable setting for you to delve into the world of art exhibitions, art history and curation.

Academic opportunities

An education at Willamette prepares you to adapt and be flexible — valuable skills in a world where technology shifts transform industries and alter job responsibilities.

Whatever academic program you pursue, classes and experiences are designed to connect across disciplines. Critical thinking, problem-solving and team-building are essential to successful careers. You’ll find plenty of opportunities to build these skills through on- and off-campus experiences here.

We offer majors, minors and special programs at the undergraduate level:  

Cocurricular options and resources

Our real-world experiences outside of class help you develop valuable skills for your career — and give you a head start. 

From plays to exhibits to faculty/student research, we have several creative outlets for you to pursue in addition to academics: 

Ian Scarfe ’05

Alumni Story: Music

Ian Scarfe ’05

Scarfe is a San Francisco-based concert pianist who plays more than 100 live concerts a year. He is on the staff of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and has founded three chamber ensembles. At Willamette, he took an advanced seminar with professor Daniel Rouslin and says he felt empowered — he was treated as a colleague, not just as a student — and the rigorous training he received gave him the flexibility to become a successful musician.

Marie Watt ’90

Alumni Story: Art

Marie Watt ’90

Watt, an art and rhetoric and media studies major, is now a nationally-recognized Portland mixed-media artist. Widely known for her Blanket Stories series, which frequently include donated or hand-made blankets from the public, she explores the human stories and ritual implicit in everyday objects.

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