- Linfield College

Arts and Humanities in Action (AHA)

Seize the extraordinary opportunity to explore and create in this dynamic program!

students engaged in activities

AHA Immersion Lab, August 17-23, 2018

Are you the kind of person who likes to think about life, death, perception, reality, morality, justice, time, history, and dinosaurs? Do you stay up late analyzing films frame by frame? Are you secretly writing a novel about a band of steampunk zombies? Are you the guy who can explain, musically, why every person on Earth should delete the Coldplay tracks from their music library?

If so, you might be right for Linfield’s Arts and Humanities in Action Program.

In the AHA Immersion Lab, a dynamic, pre-orientation program, you and fellow students will come together with Linfield faculty to explore and create. You will learn about major fields of arts and humanities, understand what questions they ask and may answer, and how you connect with these fields and the incredible number of jobs they prepare you for. By the end of the residency, you will have explored a personal area of interest culminating in an interpretive project.

AHA is made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation of New York.

Why should you apply?

The AHA lab will give you an early start exploring your educational opportunities early at Linfield. You will:

  • Be mentored by arts and humanities faculty
  • Meet and engage with other students
  • Participate in scholarly and creative projects
  • Learn how majoring in arts and humanities can lead to careers
  • Become part of a creative learning community
  • Learn about internships in the Arts and Humanities


Any student who has been accepted to and is planning to attend Linfield College is eligible to apply. Application to the AHA program is competitive; a limited number of spaces are available in order to ensure a low student-to-faculty ratio. We are looking for students who demonstrate a passion for the arts and humanities and who desire to engage in experiences that could lead to opportunities in a variety of fields. Your application responses will be the indicators of your interest.

Are you ready to apply?


What does the program cost?

All other expenses are covered! This includes housing, three meals a day, transportation during the program, and all program activities.

Where will participants live during the week?

Students will move directly into their Fall housing assignment on that first Friday of the program. Students will not have to move again.

When will applicants be notified?

Applicants will be notified around July 21 as to whether they have been accepted into the program or not. At that time, we will let you know where to send your deposit, as well as provide you with a packing list, when to arrive, and many more details.  Please do not make your travel arrangements prior to receiving notification of your acceptance.

I am an athlete, can I apply to participate?

New students who are trying out for fall sports at Linfield are not able to participate in this program due to conflicting schedules.

Does applying to the program mean that I will be accepted as an AHA participant?

Due to the program's limited space, not all applicants may be accepted.

Who can I talk to if I have questions about the program?

Please contact Tom Mertes at tmertes@linfield.edu or 503-883-2759 if you have questions.