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BSc Communication

At Portland State University, the Department of Communication offers degree programs leading to a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or minor in Communication. The Communication program prepares students for careers in many professions by cultivating critical reasoning and writing skills.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: January, April, September
Tuition Fee: $29,706 per year
Location: Portland Campus (Portland, United States)

Compared to other majors, Communication has relatively few required courses. Our curriculum has 3 primary goals:

  • Introduce students to major lines of communication research and theory.
  • Train students in methods for studying and analyzing communication.
  • Offer students the opportunity to tailor their coursework to their own Communication-related interests.

In addition to our core classes on Communication theory, research, and methods, we teach courses on:

  • the effects of mass media (e.g., television), including the nature of communication over new media (e.g., Facebook and Twitter)
  • the norms and rules of communication in interpersonal and romantic relationships, including the dynamics of intercultural communication
  • the role of communication in politics and political outcomes
  • the role of communication in healthcare (e.g., doctor-patient communication) and patients’ health outcomes.

Your Potential To Be Exponential

At Portland State University , you feel like you’re part of a movement. The kind that keeps your classmates rooting for you and your professors pulling for you. You’ll form bonds with faculty and friends in small classes that dive deep into the issues that matter most to you. We are proud to be one of the nation’s most transformative universities. Because every time your success inspires others, you change the world.


Courses Included

  • Principles of Communication
  • Research Methods in Communication
  • Communication, Individuals and Discourse
  • Communication, Society and Culture