Provided by Reed College
The curriculum at Reed is highly structured and extremely rigorous. The four basic elements-the required humanities sequence, the breadth of study requirement, junior qualifying examinations, and the senior thesis-mix a strong component of interdisciplinary work with study of traditional majors. First- and second-year students at Reed College develop a strong background in humanistic and scientific study. The junior and senior years provide opportunity for intensive examination of the subject matter and techniques of a more narrowly defined academic discipline, culminating in the senior research project and thesis. At Reed we believe the balance of a general and more specialized education is best achieved where students and faculty members work closely together in an atmosphere of shared intellectual and scholarly concern, and where individual interests andchemi student disciplines are pursued not in isolation, but with a sense of the larger intellectual life of which they are a part.
Education of this kind, animated by critical inquiry, is in a real sense its own reward, but it also contributes substantially to such objectives as social responsibility and professional success. The effectiveness of such an educational experience as a foundation for widely varying careers is indicated by the outstanding records of Reed graduates in scholarly pursuits, business and industry, the professions, public service, teaching, and fine arts.
Since its founding in 1908 as an independent undergraduate institution, Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, has remained steadfast to one central commitment: to provide a balanced, comprehensive education in liberal arts and sciences, fulfilling the highest standards of intellectual excellence. The distinctive Reed experience includes a challenging curriculum involving wide reading, conference and laboratory-based teaching in small groups, and a student body motivated by enthusiasm for serious intellectual work. Reed offers a B.A. in one of 22 major fields and numerous interdisciplinary fields, as well as a master of arts in liberal studies degree.
Established early in the twentieth century on the site of the former Crystal Springs Farm, the Reed College campus features the best of the traditional, the new and innovative, and the natural, just what you would expect in Oregon.