Undergraduate program

The Arts Studies degree program serves those undergraduates who would like to major in the arts in more than one school, or in interdisciplinary art forms. The program gives students the option to major in the arts gaining experience in a minimum of two, three, and possibly all four of the schools in the College of the Arts (art + design, architecture, music, and theatre + film). Additionally, the program provides options in the arts for those students who wish to pursue an interest in design or an interest in teaching in elementary schools.

At PSU as well as at other institutions, the School of Education is a graduate school, and students are required to have completed a BA/BS degree prior to entering the teaching program. Students who complete the Arts Studies education option degree would then apply to a school of education to complete their teaching education and credentialing.

Degree Maps and Learning Outcomes

Admission requirements

Arts Studies – B.A./B.S.

Admission requirements

Policy on admission to undergraduate programs

Students may declare the major at any time after enrolling at Portland State University, with the exception of Music, which requires admission immediately. Subsequently, students must be admitted formally to all degree programs in architecture, arts studies, film, graphic design, theater arts, and the BFA in Art before they will (1) be allowed to enroll in restricted upper-division courses offered by the program and (2) be graduated from that program. Students apply for formal department admission one to two terms before completing all eligibility requirements. Specific department application deadlines, criteria for admission and applications are available on respective school websites.

Students transferring from other institutions who want to be admitted formally to a specific degree program must:

•    Meet all eligibility requirements.

•    Apply for admission to PSU.

•    Have one copy of their transcripts sent to the Office of Admissions.

•    Apply for program admission to the school of choice (including if requested, one copy of their transcripts sent to their school of choice)

Please see school websites for more specific admissions information, and http://www.pdx.edu/the-arts/babs-in-arts-studies for admission to the Arts Studies major.