- Linfield College
Linfield Course Catalog

Mission Statement


Linfield College advances a vision of learning, life, and community that

  • promotes intellectual challenge and creativity,
  • values both theoretical and practical knowledge,
  • engages thoughtful dialogue in a climate of mutual respect,
  • honors the rich texture of diverse cultures and varied ways of understanding,
  • piques curiosity for a lifetime of inquiry, and
  • inspires the courage to live by moral and spiritual principle and to defend freedom of conscience.

Concise Statement

Linfield: Connecting Learning, Life, and Community

Organization and Governance

Linfield College is a four-year, non-profit, coeducational, liberal arts institution historically and currently affiliated with the American Baptist Churches. All college operations are governed by administration and faculty, with ultimate responsibility resting with the Board of Trustees. The college is committed to the teaching of undergraduates in an atmosphere of academic freedom that offers intellectual rigor, creativity, and a sense of personal and social responsibility.

Linfield's Core Themes

Core Theme 1: Culture of Engagement and Excellence

Linfield cultivates a community engaged in the pursuit of excellence within its educational programs, across the institution, and in the broader community. Students, faculty and staff develop expertise as they investigate the breadth and depth of their chosen disciplines and professional fields, examine multiple perspectives, apply best practices, and defend informed judgments based on creative and critical thinking.

Core Theme 2: Integrated Teaching and Learning

Linfield promotes integrated teaching and learning within and across its academic programs. Students systematically discover and practice making connections within their disciplinary studies and across the various components of their undergraduate experience.

Core Theme 3: Global and Multicultural Understanding

Linfield fosters global and multicultural understanding of human differences and similarities. Students, faculty and staff use both theoretical and experiential lenses to participate in an increasingly interdependent, diverse world.

Core Theme 4: Experiential Learning

Linfield facilitates experiential learning. Students apply theory and knowledge to lived experience in order to test and refine their understanding of a subject, clarify career goals, and discover the value of serving others.