BA/BS in Communication

Communication Major

The Department of Communication offers a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and a minor.
There is no formal process for admission to the Department of Communication for undergraduate students although you must be officially admitted to Portland State University before declaring a major.


Coursework
All students, whether taking a major or minor, must complete courses in communication with a letter grade (not a pass-fail grade) and earn at least a C. If you earn a grade of C-minus or less then the course cannot be counted toward your major or minor.

The Major

Below are the requirements for the major in communication: 
• Meet the university general requirements
• Complete 60 credits in communication courses 
• Complete Writing 222 or 323
• Complete the following required core courses in communication: 
 

  • Comm 300 Principles of Communication
  • Comm 311 Research Methods in Communication
  • Comm 316 Communication, Individuals and Discourse
  • Comm 326 Communication, Society and Culture

Note: Comm 300 is a prerequisite for the other core courses.

• Complete 44 credits of electives within the Department of Communication
• For the 44 credits of electives in communication, note the following: 

  • At least 32 credits of electives must be in upper-division communication courses, of which
  • At least 16 credits of electives must be in courses numbered in the 400-series, and
  • No more than 8 credits may be counted toward the major from courses numbered Comm 401-409

• For the 44 credits of electives in communication, note the following: 

  • At least 32 credits of electives must be in upper-division communication courses, of which
  • At least 16 credits of electives must be in courses numbered in the 400-series, and
  • No more than 8 credits may be counted toward the major from courses numbered Comm 401-409

Here's the Math

Remember that you will need to take 64 credits in requirements as a communication major:

COURSE CREDITS
 Wr 222 or Wr 323  4
 Comm 300   Principles of Communication   4
 Comm 311   Research Methods in Communication  4
 Comm 316   Communication, Individuals & Discourse  4
 Comm 326   Communication, Society & Culture  4
 Communication electives [see requirements above]  44
   64 Total

Communication Major