In the College of Arts and Sciences, discovery-oriented learning is the norm. We don’t ask our students to just sit and listen—we invite them to get involved, gain experience, and explore the greater world. From internships and research projects to creative collaborations, our hands-on learning opportunities will prepare you to succeed in your academics and your career after college.
Abundant Undergraduate Research
Undergraduates across the arts and sciences have the opportunity to take part in research teams or conduct individual research projects.
Rich Experiential Learning
Hands-on learning emphasizes the knowledge and skills gained through experiences beyond the traditional classroom format.
Hands-On Learning Scholarship
The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to invite undergraduate students to apply for scholarships to support them in pursuing experiential learning opportunities. The scholarship will provide financial support of up to $5,000 to assist students in completing an unpaid internship, research opportunity, or service-learning experience. Preference will be given to applicants with financial need, as determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships. We will consider assistance for paid internships where the case can be made that the compensation will not be adequate to cover living expenses.
Prison Education Program
The Prison Education Program was established in 2016, building on collaboration between the University of Oregon and the Department of Corrections to offer credited classes through the Inside-Out Program beginning in 2007. We work in an interdisciplinary academic framework, and with a broad range of students, campus organizations, community groups, and national organizations working to improve educational opportunities in prisons. We are now active in offering classes, not-for-credit opportunities, and in working to advance educational opportunities for people who are incarcerated statewide.
Gaining Real-World Experience
Students of Color Opportunities in Research Enrichment
SCORE (Students of Color Opportunities in Research Enrichment) is an academically based hands-on research club designed for students who are underrepresented in the life sciences. The program involved weekly workshops designed to teach students basic laboratory techniques, with the primary goal being to enable each student to gain confidence with a scientific skillset. These skills aid in students perusing undergraduate research and professional development opportunities.
First-year Interest Groups (FIGs)
Find your path, find your people. Each FIG is unique and tailored to explore an exciting academic theme while helping students acclimate to campus both academically and socially. There are seven themes to choose from, and with over 50 FIGs offered each fall there is something for everyone!
Academic Residential Communities (ARCs)
Academic Residential Communities are programs created by University Housing to help students find a community based around shared interests and passions for inquiry. Students living in ARCs take classes together and connect with professors and advisors who offer social and academic support.
Looking for opportunities to connect with peers, network around common interests, and make an impact outside of the classroom? At the UO, you have your choice of more than 400 student organizations, societies, and clubs you can join.
Special Facilities for Learning
Our network of research facilities, centers, and institutes provides students with enhanced access to technologies, capacities, training, and projects that expand the boundaries of inquiry and skills development.
Liberal Arts for Real-World Careers
CAS has countless opportunities for students to increase their skillsets and portfolios with meaningful learning experiences. To prepare our students for life beyond college, we challenge them to examine our society’s most important questions, developing and honing their skills in questioning critically, thinking logically, communicating clearly, and collaborating with others.
Our students and alumni constantly surprise and inspire us with the professional paths they have blazed — journeys that begin with study of the natural sciences, humanities and social sciences.