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Schools & Colleges

At Portland State, students don’t wait to change the world. Community-based learning forms the backbone of education here, reflecting our deep commitment to community service and intellectual rigor.

College of the Arts

Our artistic heart lies in four schools: architecture, art & design, music, and theatre & film, where more than 125 teaching faculty, staff and instructors collaborate with students and the city’s major arts institutions to energize and enrich the arts community.

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

As the largest academic school at Portland State, CLAS is a hotbed of learning and exploration. From economic sustainability in East Africa and proficiency in Asian languages to workplace dynamics in the U.S. and the art of writing short stories, students learn from a faculty deeply enmeshed in a range of fields.

College of Urban & Public Affairs

The only school of its kind in the U.S., we join three cornerstone disciplines of contemporary life -- urban studies, community health, and government -- under one roof. Our students and faculty team with community organizations, imagine original solutions, and implement them in real-time.

Maseeh College of Engineering & Computer Science

Portland State’s Maseeh College not only offers students a high-quality education but helps launch careers through collaboration with world-class professors on real-world projects.

School of Business Administration

Join students from around the world in a unique focus on global business, holistic leadership, and sustainable innovation. At Portland State, business as usual is anything but as students strive to build the economic and social vitality of communities.

Graduate School of Education

Each year, students at Oregon’s largest and most comprehensive school of education master the skills and develop the tools to teach and counsel others. We are deeply entwined in the work lives of Oregon’s educators and counselors, who rely on the school to advance their careers and further hone their talents.

School of Social Work

The School of Social Work is proud to be the only university in Oregon to offer programs in master’s and Ph.D. level social work. Combined with our bachelor’s students and our unwavering faculty, our social work community is dedicated to eradicating poverty, fighting for social justice, and empowering all individuals and groups to determine their own destinies.

University Honors College

For our most dedicated students, we have the University Honors College.  All courses are reading-, writing- and research intensive. They’re also incomparably rewarding. Honors students have the opportunity to live and study among other high-achieving students.