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Lewis & Clark to Offer New Minors

  • Jerusha Detweiler-Bedell

Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation Minor

This spring, the undergraduate faculty approved the creation of a minor in entrepreneurial leadership and innovation.

The strong support for the new program underscores the fact that the liberal arts and entrepreneurship share a common interdisciplinary approach rooted in understanding people, systems, and methods of creating positive change.

Students interested in pursuing a minor in entrepreneurship will need to complete 20 credits of coursework comprised of two introductory courses, two electives, and one internship or pre-professional practicum experience.

The new minor also recognizes and responds to increased demand for academic programs that contribute to student success post-graduation.

“Taken as a whole, this curriculum will challenge students to work collaboratively with others in complex problem-solving endeavors, employing the methods of entrepreneurship to develop and validate innovative solutions drawn from and integrating a broad range of disciplines,” says Professor of Psychology Brian Detweiler-Bedell, who leads the Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership.

The minor in entrepreneurial leadership and innovation builds on years of cur- ricular and cocurricular opportunities to study and engage with entrepreneurship at Lewis & Clark.

Professor of Psychology Brian Detweiler-Bedell Credit: Nina Johnson

Health Studies Minor

Led by Professor of Psychology Jerusha Detweiler-Bedell, faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences have approved the creation of a new health studies minor. Drawing upon Lewis & Clark’s strong culture of interdisciplinary learning and current course offerings, the new minor recognizes the growing interest students have in public health and the value of a liberal arts approach to solving the world’s current and future public health challenges.

“[Health studies] has been done, and done very well, but in pockets,” Detweiler-Bedell said in an interview with the Pioneer Log, referring to existing coursework and groups like the Prehealth Professions Club. “We built on strengths that we already have, but with the goal of better coordinating them.”

The multidisciplinary health studies minor will consist of three core courses (12 credits) and three elective courses (12 credits) organized into three categories: mechanisms of wellness and disease; psychological and narrative representations of wellness and disease; and global and cultural approaches to wellness and disease.

Leveraging Lewis & Clark’s renowned overseas and off-campus programs, students may apply up to 12 credits toward the minor from an approved Lewis & Clark College overseas study program focused on public health. These credits could potentially include elective courses and the internship capstone. Possible locations for overseas study focused on public health currently include Ireland, Mexico, and Ecuador.

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