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 the Division of Continuing Education (DCE).
- 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 DCE.
- The Portland Campus is the home of the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing. It also houses advisors for the Division of Continuing Education.
The Portland Campus section contains descriptions of these programs.
- The Division of Continuing Education is headquartered on the McMinnville Campus, has advisors in eight locations, and is primarily online.
The DCE section describes the Adult Degree Program (ADP) 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 2,601 students and offers 47 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 and advising at eight sites in Oregon.
Linfield provides students with an international experience. Students from 29 states and 24 countries live and study together. More than 50 percent of Linfield students study abroad as part of their regular academic experience.
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
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 Division of Continuing Education 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 Austria, Australia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England,
France, Germany, Ireland, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand,
Norway, Senegal, Spain and China (Beijing and Hong Kong).
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 saw a major upgrade in 1989 with the
addition of 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 academic support services and the Departments of
Modern Language and Anthropology and Sociology
- 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
- 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
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.