Honors Track Program

Communication Honors Track Program

Students who want a rigorous challenge in their studies may apply for the Communication Department’s Honors Track Program. The Honors Track is designed to provide students with first-hand experience conducting research under the mentorship of faculty members.

"It isn't always easy to find ways to stand out at a large university, and it’s incredibly important to take every opportunity to connect with professors and find people who will be mentors. Seeing firsthand how theory, research and data can be applied to important social issues presented a unique opportunity to connect what I learned as a communication major to issues I care about in the real world." -Jenny Woodman BS, Communication Honors Graduate

Honors Track Details

  • Eligibility Students must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.50. Students must have at least 90 credits when applying to the program and they must be majors in communication with at least 12 hours completed in communication coursework at Portland State.
  • Coursework Students admitted to the Honors Track will take 3 of their 400-level communication courses for honors credit (with the permission of each instructor). Students must receive a minimum grade of B in all three of these courses. Students will be required to conduct work in each class at the honors level as determined by the instructor.
  • Faculty mentors Students are required to work under the guidance of the faculty member teaching each honors course. You are responsible for alerting the instructor at the beginning of class that you intend to take the course as an honors student.
  • Final paper Students will write a final paper that is suitable for submission to an undergraduate research conference and will deliver an on-campus presentation during the course of their honors study. The topic of the final paper can be from any of the 3 communication honor courses taken.

Applying to the Honors Track
Applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee. We recommend that students apply before they begin taking 400-level communication courses. To apply, complete and submit the following:

  1. Honors Track Application
  2. Current university transcripts (photocopy is acceptable)
  3. A 500-word (maximum) statement about your interests in the field of communication and how the honors program will help you to pursue those interests
  4. At least 2 references from Department of Communication graduate faculty (see list here)

Applications can be submitted via email to commdept@pdx.edu or can be dropped off in hard copy at the Department of Communication office in UCB 440.