Communication & Media Studies | University of Portland

Communication & Media Studies

Undergraduate students who major in communication may choose among our two degree programs: (a) Bachelor of Arts in Communication or (b) Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication.

All of our programs develop students' abilities to design, express, and critically evaluate written, spoken, nonverbal and mediated messages in a variety of communication contexts.

Communication & Media Degrees

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Communication, BA

The bachelor of arts degree in communication addresses the roles interpersonal and mediated messages play in negotiating personal, group, and societal attitudes, values, beliefs, actions, and meanings. Students pursuing the BA degree can shape their upper-division courses choices in optional areas of study in (a) organizing and relational communication, (b) environmental communication, and (c) culture and communication. 

Communication, BA

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Organizational Communication, BS

The bachelor of science degree in organizational communication is offered in collaboration with the Robert B. Pamplin, Jr. School of Business. It develops understanding and expertise about organizational practices, structures, and identities. Students pursuing the BS degree shape their coursework around concentrations in organizational leadership, global sustainability, or organizing and public relations.

Organizational Communication, BS

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Double Major in COM and SOC, BA

Addressing contemporary social problems requires humans to think creatively, critically, and analytically from multiple points of view. To address this need and facilitate students’ completion of double major in four years of traditional study, the COM and Sociology and Social Work (SOC) departments have established pathways for students interested in this double major.