At Concordia, we believe that a great college should do more than prepare you with lifelong career advantages. A Concordia education develops your global competence, character and compassion – inspiring you to serve the world’s greatest needs. Our BREW concept is much more than an educational theme – it's a way of life here.
Concordia students learn to BREW every day. And BREWing isn't simply limited to what you experience in our nationally recognized study away programs. Every course here challenges you to discover connections between learning and how to become more responsibly engaged in the world. In a biology class, for example, you might discuss the ethical ramifications of research in genetics. In an English course, you might write a paper about the moral themes of a classic work of literature and how they relate to contemporary societal issues.
Beyond the classroom, you’ll find many ways to BREW. Your Concordia education begins with a service experience at a local organization. Your commitment to serving others will grow from there throughout your four years as you engage in activities such as Relay for Life, tutor at local schools, develop vaccines for impoverished communities, study micro economies in India and more.
Concordia’s Habitat for Humanity chapter sends student volunteers across the nation and the world to build homes and playgrounds. Through Justice Journeys, students explore social justice issues in places like Seattle, New York City, Chicago, Santa Fe, Jamaica, Guatemala and Mexico.
When you graduate, you’ll have a strong sense of how you can use your talents for leading a world of change. And you will continue to BREW throughout your life.
Concordia students spent a month teaching and providing health care in rural Tanzania.Learn More
For Kelsey Kava '13, studying in Rwanda and India offered a new perspective on her goals and her place in the world.Learn More
Dr. Corey Teigen ’86
Interventional radiologist Corey Teigen created a medical innovation that could save countless lives around the globe.Learn More
One of my biggest passions is people – finding out where their passions and talents lie. For me, BREWing is about helping others become the best people that they can be.Soren Poffenberger ’13 Youth Ministry Specialist at Bethlehem Lutheran Church
It sounds cliché, but the most important thing I’ve learned is to become responsibly engaged in the world. I have this desire to learn and this desire to share what I’ve learned to impact other people wherever I am vocationally.Matthew Bergquist ’13 Pursuing Master of Education Degree at University of Minnesota; Paraprofessional at Rochester Public Schools
For me, the most vivid part of BREW is the piece about engagement. It’s very concrete. Whatever I end up doing career-wise, I know it will require me to be thoughtful, active and involved in a community.Steph Barnhart ’13 Events and Marketing Manager at Willamette Week
Multimedia Journalism Major
I think being responsibly engaged in the world means embracing different experiences and cultures with an open mind and trying to learn from them. In my own experience working abroad, that engagement happens by fostering relationships with others from all around the globe.Leah (Enger) Arkelin ’09 Lead Stylist for Stitch Fix
Communication Studies (with a Public Relations Emphasis) and Apparel and Design Major; Studio Art Minor
I think one of the biggest things Concordia has instilled in me how to be a lifelong learner; to question everything and constantly exploring how I can impact the world around me.Sarah Funkhouser ’13 Works for the Emily Program
Religion and Music Major