Portland State University's bachelor's degree in Arts and Letters offers a flexible path for independent-minded students. You'll have the freedom to explore your own interests, with attentive faculty, and a strong academic framework to provide you with a well-rounded education.
Our program will make you a better writer, researcher, communicator, and critical thinker. You'll enter the job market with professional skills that make a strong impression on employers.
As an Arts and Letters major at PSU, you'll have the opportunity to create your own academic focus, choosing courses from a broad range of offerings in applied linguistics, architecture, art and art history, communications, conflict resolution, English, philosophy, music, theater arts and film, world languages and literature, and writing.
Our faculty and advisors will help you design a program that is unique to your interests and provide you with the support you need to succeed. Our online courses are taught by the same faculty who teach our in-person courses.
No matter what subject forms the focus of your degree, you'll build skills you can use your whole life in any career, including creative problem solving, critical thinking, writing, research, multimedia communication, and technological savvy.
A bachelor's degree in Arts and Letters from PSU is a powerful academic foundation that provides you with the opportunity to develop skills employers value in employees, including oral and written communication, interpersonal, teamwork, technical, analytical, critical thinking, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
You'll be prepared for many careers in many fields, including government, nonprofits, social services, educational institutions, and businesses.
Our graduates go on to jobs as program and policy coordinators, research associates, communication specialists, law enforcement officers, administrators, and directors.
Online Arts & Letters Bachelor’s Degree Option
Finish your bachelor's degree online in a flexible, independent program focused on your interests. In our online option, you can create your own path with the support and structure to help you succeed. You will:
- Work closely with outstanding faculty. The same faculty who teach our in-person courses also lead our online courses.
- Connect with other students. PSU's easy-to-use online course platform encourages direct interaction among classmates.
- Take award-winning courses. Our online bachelor’s degree includes core coursework in PSU’s nationally recognized University Studies program.
- Plug into Portland. No matter where you live, our online programs let you in on Portland's energetic and innovative spirit.
We will help you design a personalized path to an undergraduate degree — in a flexible format that fits your life.