The following departments and programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offer academic minors: Anthropology, Applied Linguistics, Biology, Black Studies, Chemistry, Chicano/Latino Studies, Classical Studies, Communication, English, Environmental Geology, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Geographic Information Systems, Geography, Geology, History, Indigenous Nations Studies, Judaic Studies, Mathematics and Statistics, Medieval Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Pre-Education (Elementary Education, Elementary Science, Secondary Education, and Special Education), Psychology, Sociology, Sustainability, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, World Languages and Literatures (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish), and Writing. (Students majoring in a field of study outside Liberal Arts and Sciences also may declare an academic minor in one of these programs.) The requirements for these minors are indicated within the appropriate department sections of this Bulletin.

Computer Applications Minor—College-Wide


High School College programs

High School College programs


Sally Hudson, Director

Joy Beckett, Coordinator

Challenge Program

The Challenge Program is a cooperative program between Portland State University and metropolitan area high schools. It provides eligible high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to take regular college courses on their own campuses.

Students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 and have met course prerequisites are eligible to enroll in Challenge courses offered in their high school.

The Challenge Program currently offers introductory college courses in English, French, Spanish, History, Mathematics, and Computer Science. Course content is equivalent to that offered to Portland State University students on the home campus. College-level texts and materials are used.

Students who successfully complete their Challenge Program coursework are entitled to a regular Portland State University transcript. The credit earned by the student can be transferred to many colleges and universities regionally and nationally.

More information is available at http://www.pdx.edu/challenge-program.