Take advantage of the strong relationship between the university and the state capitol — just across the street from campus.

Assist with a political campaign. Work with senators or representatives. Volunteer with the district attorney’s office.

Find a hands-on experience that will help you establish a strong professional network for your future, whether that’s law school or serving in the government sector. Plus, Willamette’s MBA program is dually-accredited for public and private sector management. If you pursue the 3+2 MBA program, you’ve found an additional path into graduate studies and a career.

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 and graduate 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. 

Erin Dougherty ’00

Alumni Story: Law

Erin Dougherty ’00

Dougherty, a history and politics major, is a senior staff attorney for the Native American Rights Fund in Anchorage, Alaska. At Willamette, she won the Truman Scholarship for students dedicated to public service careers, and used the funding toward earning a law degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She later won a Fulbright Grant and clerked for a chief justice on the Alaska Supreme Court. She says, “Willamette prepares you for whatever it is you want to be.”

Herschel Mapes ’16, MBA ’17

Alumni Story: Entrepreneurship

Herschel Mapes ’16, MBA ’17

Mapes chose a non-traditional career path. After high school, he joined the U.S. Marines and traveled the world but still felt something was missing. Once he decided on Willamette's dual degree program, he started his MBA during his senior year and earned an internship with the Oregon Department of Transportation, where he now works today.

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