University Studies


Think Holistically. Care Deeply. Engage Courageously. 

Imagine and Co-Create a Just World.

Imagine a unique university program with students at the heart; imagine learning communities where teachers are connected not only with their field of study but also with the city in which we live; imagine general education within a public university where students gain skills for both academic and life success.  This is University Studies.

University Studies is the unique general education program at Portland State and it is made up of a community of teachers, mentors, and staff who are committed to lifelong interdisciplinary inquiry in a caring environment.  

Whatever your educational path is at Portland State University, University Studies is your second home.  Extending through all four university levels, your UNST courses teach you 21st century skills for success.  

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Education that Matters

Your success at Portland State starts in University Studies, a powerful learning experience that emboldens you to create a more meaningful future for yourself and others. 

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Beautiful Questions: A Curricular Exhibition

Beautiful Questions: A Curricular Exhibition with Heather Watkins in…
Add to my Calendar 2023-03-22 00:00:00 2023-03-22 05:10:28 Beautiful Questions: A Curricular Exhibition Beautiful Questions: A Curricular Exhibition with Heather Watkins in concert with Freshman Inquiry classes Work of Art and Design & Society offers new avenues for experiencing two public artworks by Heather Watkins located on the Portland State University campus through May 14, 2023.  The series of installations in the Broadway Gallery represent the culmination of Watkins’ year-long residency working with students in two Freshman Inquiry learning communities at PSU: Sarah Wolf Newlands’ “Work of Art” and Michelle Swinehart’s “Design & Society.” Under the joint supervision of Newlands, Swinehart, and Brandon Truett (Luce Foundation Curator of Academic Programs at JSMA at PSU), the students devised creative and critical practices to build interpretative frameworks for understanding Watkin's Score (2014), Lincoln Performance Hall and Soundings: Opening, Fathoming, Grounding, Searching, Returning (2020), Vanport Building. Gala Opening Celebration 5-7 pm, Thursday, March 16th  PSU Lincoln Hall Broadway Gallery  90s Glamour (or Come as You Are)  This inaugural curricular exhibition is supported by funds from the Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts and aims to form connections between the PSU community and artists. Beautiful Questions advances a broader initiative to involve students in experiential learning that engages and enriches the curation of Portland State University’s art collection through practical, hands-on curricula.     Broadway Gallery Lincoln Hall (Broadway entrance) 1620 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97201 America/Los_Angeles public