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Academics and Majors

Reed Says...

Academic Programs
The curriculum at Reed is both demanding and wide-ranging. Through required studies, Reed students receive a solid grounding in the liberal arts and sciences.

All freshmen must complete "Hum 110," a survey of Greek, Roman, and other Mediterranean scholars from Homer to Petronius. Distribution requirements set a...
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Reed Students Say...

Reed is a college synonymous with academic rigor and a “passion for learning” certainly permeates this campus. A political science major steadfastly agrees stat­ing “Reed’s commitment to academic excellence blew me away. The students here work like demons and love it!” In fact, “Reedies are proud that the most popular location on campus is the lib... More More

Visiting And Contact Information

3203 SE Woodstock Boulevard

Portland, OR 97202-8199

United States

Phone: 503-777-7511

Fax: 503-777-7553

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Majors & Special Programs
Academic Rating: 99
Most Popular Majors: Anthropology
English Language and Literature, General
Psychology, General
All Majors: American/United States Studies/Civilization
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Anthropology
Art/Art Studies, General
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Combined Degree Programs: Not Reported
Joint Engineering Program: Calif Inst Tech, Columbia U, Rensselaer
Other Joint Degree Programs: Computing: Univ. of Washington; Art: Pacific NW College of Art
Special Study Options: Cross Registration
Double Major
Dual Enrollment
Exchange Student
IndependentStudy
Internship
Liberal Arts Career Combo
Study Abroad

Other Special Study Options:
Computer Science By arrangement with the University of Washington, a student may obtain a bachelor of arts degree from Reed and a bachelor of science degree in computer science from the University of Washington. The program calls for three years at Reed, including completion of the general distribution requirements and major requirements in one department, the passing of the junior qualifying examination, the acquisition of a minimum of 22 Reed units (at least 20 of which, including the distribution requirements, must be earned at Reed), and two years at the University of Washington. The university will admit up to five students per year on the recommendation of Reed College. Recommended students must satisfy the universityÂ’s GPA requirements for transfer students, which may differ from year to year and which are not necessarily the same for Washington residents and non-residents. Computer science degrees are also available under the engineering programs described later in this section. Course Requirements These vary, depending upon the field of the Reed major -chemistry, mathematics, or physics. Consult the Reed dual degree coordinator for specific information. In special cases, an ad hoc program with the biology or economics department, or with another department, may be approved. Engineering By arrangement with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, or Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a student may obtain a bachelor's degree in engineering (alternatively, computer science or certain earth and planetary sciences) and a bachelor of arts degree from Reed. The program calls for three years at Reed, including the completion of the general college distribution requirements, completion of major requirements in one department (excluding thesis), the passing of the junior qualifying examination, the acquisition of a minimum of 22 Reed units (at least 20 of which, including all but two units of the distribution requirement, must be earned at Reed), and two years at the engineering school. Transfer students entering these programs should expect to spend no fewer than five semesters at Reed to meet this requirement. The two degrees will be awarded concurrently; all requirements for both degrees must be met before either is awarded. Admission to the engineering school is contingent on the college's recommendation and the student's having met certain course requirements of the engineering school while at Reed. Typical course requirements are two years of physics, one or two years of chemistry, and two years of mathematics, including differential equations. Normally, students with a G.P.A. less than 3.0 should not expect to be recommended. Admission to the specific field of engineering preferred by the student is not guaranteed; the student's academic record can be relevant. Admission to Caltech is not automatic upon recommendation, but is subject to review by Caltech and may depend upon factors that cannot be anticipated. Caltech does not guarantee financial aid to otherwise eligible students. While admission to the other programs is also subject to review by the participating school, admission can usually be expected upon recommendation. Course Requirements During the freshman year: Mathematics 111/112 or 211/212; Physics 100. Consult with the Reed dual degree coordinator for information on other required courses. Forestry-Environmental Sciences By arrangement with the Nicholas School of the Environment of Duke University, a student may obtain a bachelor of arts degree at Reed and a professional master's degree from Duke (master of forestry or master of environmental management). Work at Duke emphasizes three aspects of study and research in forest and other renewable natural resources: management, science, and policy. The program calls for three years at Reed, including completion of the general college distribution and major requirements (excluding thesis), passing of the junior qualifying examination, the acquisition of a minimum of 22 Reed units (at least 20 of which, including the distribution requirements, must be earned at Reed), and two years at Duke. Students in all academic majors may qualify for the program. Course Requirements l. Biology 101,102; Mathematics 111 or 112, and Mathematics 141; and Economics 201. 2. Successful completion of the junior qualifying exam before the end of the junior year. Students should plan to take the Graduate Record Examination and make formal application for admission to Duke during the third year at Reed. In the summer following the third year, the student should begin work at Duke. Additional information may be obtained from the faculty adviser for the forestry-environmental sciences program. Pre-Medical and Pre-Veterinary Medical schools value the breadth in educational programs offered by liberal arts colleges. Work in the humanities and social sciences, as well as non-academic factors are all very important. Students should choose a major according to their academic interests and include the following laboratory and other courses to fulfill the admission requirements of most medical schools: 1. General biology: Biology 101 and 102 2. General chemistry: Chemistry 101 and 102 3. Organic chemistry: Chemistry 201 and 202 4. General physics: Physics 100, with lab 5. English or humanities: Humanities 110 6. One year of mathematics, including calculus (Mathematics 111) Course prerequisites for veterinary school usually include the courses above plus additional specific courses, such as biochemistry or upper-level biology. Since there are more than 100 domestic medical schools and 30 veterinary schools, the student may encounter variation in the number and character of admission requirements. Students should be acquainted with the specific requirements and programs of the schools to which they apply. To prepare a competitive application portfolio, students considering medical or veterinary school are strongly encouraged to consult with health professions advisers and the career services office early in their undergraduate careers. In addition to offering advising, the career services office maintains a library of resources essential to the medical school planning process, such as Medical School Admission Requirements, a publication by the American Association of Medical Colleges. The guide Preparation for Medical School at Reed is available online, and includes important timelines, health care internship information, insight into letters of evaluation, and useful web links. It is strongly recommended that students take advantage of additional resources by attending informational seminars, seeking assistance with the application process, and using mock interviews. Graduating students who plan to take time off before applying to medical or veterinary school should discuss their plans with a health-profession adviser before graduation. Visual Arts The college has made arrangements for Reed students to participate in a variety of exchange programs and summer internships at other institutions. They may choose from programs in painting and sculpture, architecture, art history, archaeology, conservation, historic preservation, and museum work. A joint five-year program is also available with the Pacific Northwest College of Art. These programs are described in more detail in the art department section of the catalog.
Required Coursework: Arts/fine arts
English (including composition)
Foreign languages
Humanities
Philosophy
Sciences (biological or physical)
Social science

Other required coursework:
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Faculty & Class Information
Student Faculty Ratio:10:1
Total Faculty:139
     Minority:19
     Women:56
     Men:83
     International:4
Full-time & part-time faculty with Phds:128
Classes Taught by TAs:0%
Most Frequent Class Size:10 - 19
Most Frequent Lab & Sub-Section Size:10 - 19
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Key Statistics

Academics & Majors

  • Academic Rating:
    99
  • Academic Calendar:
    Semester
  • Student Faculty Ratio:
    10:1
  • Total Faculty:
    139
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