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Linfield's Academic Organization

This catalog provides separate sections describing the college’s three main academic/administrative units: the McMinnville
Campus; the Portland Campus; and Online and Continuing Education (OCE).

  • The McMinnville Campus is the home of most of the college’s academic departments. It also houses the International
    Programs Office, the Office of Career Services, and the Alumni Relations Office.
    The McMinnville Campus section includes complete descriptions of each academic department operating in McMinnville, along with listings of courses in those departments specific to the Portland Campus and OCE.
  • The Portland Campus is the home of the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing. It also houses advisors for Online and Continuing Education.
     The Portland Campus section contains descriptions of these programs.
  • The Online and Continuing Education Program is headquartered on the McMinnville Campus, and is primarily online. The OCE section describes the OCE Program as well as admission and administrative policies that differ from those on the other two campuses.

Linfield College: A World of Difference

Linfield is a private liberal arts college with an excellent, integrated education in the liberal arts and majors in selected professional disciplines. Linfield connects educational programs with experiential learning in the Northwest and abroad. Linfield is nationally recognized for its strong teaching faculty, outstanding academic programs and distinctive international emphasis. Linfield educates students to become global citizens, with more than half of all graduates participating in study abroad courses.

Linfield enrolls 2,530 students and offers 46 majors through three programs: a residential campus in McMinnville, featuring a traditional liberal arts curriculum, including pre-professional programs; a Portland Campus which is home to the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing; the Adult Degree Program, a pioneer in adult education with courses online.

Linfield has a challenging and innovative academic program that features a broad liberal arts core and an atmosphere in which there is genuine concern for the individual. Faculty help students develop critical thinking, problem-solving, communication and professional skills and leadership qualities that prepare them for successful careers. The rich experiential education fosters curiosity and discovery and provides opportunities in collaborative research, creative projects, internships, community service and study abroad.

Linfield's Pioneer Heritage

Linfield College is one of the earliest colleges in the Pacific Northwest. For more than 150 years, Linfield has helped shape the lives of men and women who served as leaders of the college, the local community, the state and the nation with passion, dedication and honor. The college traces its roots to an institution established by the Baptists in 1849. The Baptist College at McMinnville was chartered in 1858 by the Oregon Territorial Legislature. It was later named McMinnville College. In 1922 the name was changed to Linfield when Frances Ross Linfield gave her properties to the school. In honor of the gift, the college was renamed in honor of her late husband, the Rev. George Fisher Linfield. The college maintains its American Baptist heritage, although faculty, students and staff are not bound by religious requirements.

Linfield has grown into the institution it is today, achieving these important milestones:

  • The Linfield Research Institute, which gives undergraduates the opportunity to work with faculty on research, was established in 1956. With endowment funding specifically for student-led undergraduate research, it has contributed to Linfield’s strong record in science education.
  • The Linfield Online and Continuing Education Program began in 1975 to provide better access for working adults to achieve degrees. Today, it serves communities throughout Oregon, and the country, with nearly 550 students enrolled in coursework online and onsite.
  • In 1976, Linfield began a student exchange program with Kanto Gakuin University in Japan. Today students also study in Australia, Austria, China (Beijing and Hong Kong), Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Senegal, and Spain. January Term typically offers classes at a variety of domestic and international locations. More than 50 percent of students study abroad by the time they graduate.
  • Linfield’s Portland Campus was established in 1982 when the college entered into an affiliation with Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center and began offering a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.). Today, Linfield’s nursing program is one of the largest, and best known, in the state.
  • Athletic facilities are some of the best small-college sports venues in the Pacific Northwest and include the Health, Human Performance and Athletics building and Ted Wilson Gymnasium, Aquatics Building and the 26,000 square foot Rutschman Field House. The former Riley Gym was renovated into what is now the Riley Campus Center for student activities and Walker Hall, home to the Departments of Modern Languages, Anthropology and Sociology, Political Science and the International Programs Office.
  • In recent years, Linfield has more than doubled the size of the McMinnville Campus, allowing for the increase of the student body and the development of new and expanded facilities. The Departments of Art and Visual Culture, Computer Science, Mass Communication, Music, and Theatre and Communication Arts have new spaces to meet their growing needs and match the quality of the facilities to that of the academic programs. A new and expanded library also gave the college better space for research and collaborative study.
  • In the fall of 2011, the former library, Northup Hall, reopened as T.J. Day Hall, Linfield’s first LEED-certified building and new space for the Departments of Business, Economics, English and Philosophy.
  • The Linfield Center for the Northwest enhances undergraduate education through the active cultivation of a collaborative experiential learning community. Undergraduates establish regional connections through collaborative research with faculty, regionally based internship experiences and local service learning projects.

While the college has changed in more than 150 years, its mission has remained constant – to teach undergraduates in an atmosphere of academic freedom that fosters intellectual rigor, creativity, and a sense of personal and social responsibility.