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BREAKING THE RULES SINCE 1960

Biology majors in architecture classes, computer science majors on archeological digs. Welcome to the Clark Honors College, where we've been breaking the rules and mixing things up for over 50 years. Our small classes bring together the best students from every discipline at the University of Oregon. Led by award-winning faculty, we are a community of insatiably curious, undeniably driven, unique individuals. We don't just try and find the answer to a question—we find new questions. In this cauldron of diverse perspectives we seek the connections, rather than the separations. And we find them, together.

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A Community of Scholars
Diversity is Valued Here

We the students, faculty, and staff of the Clark Honors College are committed to nurturing a diverse community. When we learn from each other, and are exposed to ideas we may not have thought of before, it makes us better citizens, able to engage in thoughtful and critical discussion about our world and our role in it. We do not condone any form of racism, homophobia, misogyny, ableism, xenophobia, or religious prejudice within our community, but will treat each other with kindness, reserving judgement, and recognize that we are greatly enriched by our diversity.

Upcoming Events

Jan17
Taytu’s Feast: Nation, Food, and History in Ethiopia12:00 p.m.
Knight Library
Jan18
Oregon Rare Books Initiative - From Here to Utopia: Imagining Better Worlds from the Sixteenth Century to Today4:45 p.m.
Knight Library
Feb8
Cooking Culture on the West African Savanna12:00 p.m.
Knight Library
Mar6
Feasting and Fasting: Foodways in Politics, Religion, and Social Life on the Swahili Coast (Tanzania) since 700 CE12:00 p.m.
Knight Library
Apr19
Squatting, Space and Power in Alexandra's 1946 Squatters' Movement12:00 p.m.
Knight Library
Apr19
Oregon Rare Books Initiative - An Entirely Reasonable Madness: The Crash of 1720 and the Great Mirror of Folly4:45 p.m.
Knight Library
May11
Everyday Nation Building: Creativity, Culture and Community in Senegal and Indonesia12:00 p.m.
Knight Library
May23
The Impact of the Construction of the Sierra Leone Railway on African Lives in the Early 20th Century12:00 p.m.
Knight Library
What Our Recent Graduates Are Saying
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"Our student body is comprised of individuals from diverse majors, interests and specialties, and we all have something to learn from one another. The social and academic facets of our college thrive upon our strong sense of community." Virany Men, BS '16
Discussing Literature in Prison
Each term, the Inside Out class brings 12 CHC students together with incarcerated men and women to study as peers behind prison walls. Inside Out creates a paradigm shift for participants, and deepens the conversation. It transforms our collective approaches to understanding crime, justice, freedom, and inequality.

Students Teaching Students
Every new honors college student enrolls in a Clark Honors Introductory Program (CHIP) course their first term. The courses are led by returning students with the support of a faculty mentor. But who leads the leaders? Two CHC students co-direct the CHIP program, providing training, communication, and ongoing support to our 16 CHIP student leaders.
Tia Monahan and Lydia Bales
Ranked in the Top 10 Nationally
Clark Honors College is ranked one of the top 10 public honors colleges in the country by Public University Honors, an entirely independent, third-party review organization.
We recommend their "20 Questions to Ask," which covers key points you should know if you are thinking of enrolling in an honors program at a public university. You can find answers to many of these questions for the Clark Honors College on our 'About' page. You can also visit us and we would be happy to answer all your questions!
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Legendary Leadership
Renowned archeologist Terry Hunt has spent over 30 years digging—literally—into the islands of the Pacific Ocean. His goal? Unearth the details and evidence needed to illuminate an unknown pre-history. In his groundbreaking research on Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Hunt was actually in a position to rewrite history. As dean of the Clark Honors College, Hunt involves students directly in fieldwork on the island.
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What Our Recent Graduates Are Saying
"The curriculum is challenging and engaging, the teachers are brilliant and encouraging, and discussion is always exciting—and on more than one occasion has continued out the classroom door and on the walk home." Sam Selbie, BS '16
Excellence in Public Education

At the Clark Honors College we are proud to provide an excellent public university education to the best and brightest young minds from Oregon, and across the country.

Our alumni, donors, and friends of the college are invaluable in helping us make an honors education a reality. Learn more about how you can help us educate the next generation of high achieving students.

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