• <a href="/live/image/gid/64/width/650/86530_RHMS_main_image.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview" tabindex="-1"><picture class="lw_image lw_image86530"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/64/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86530_RHMS_main_image.rev.1607735612.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/64/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86530_RHMS_main_image.rev.1607735612.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/64/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86530_RHMS_main_image.rev.1607735612.jpg" alt="Professor Mitch Reyes describes the department using these three words: Intellectual, engaged, dy..." width="720" height="690" data-max-w="758" data-max-h="791" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a><div class="hero-split_image_caption collapsable-caption"> Professor Mitch Reyes describes the department using these three words: Intellectual, engaged, dynamic.</div>

We study meaning-making and meaning-sharing through rhetoric and media. Our goal is to provide you with effective theoretical and methodological tools for understanding how public messages, images, texts, stories, conversations, and symbols work. Ours is one of the first programs in the country to offer a major that integrates training in film/television studies with training in media and rhetorical analysis. As an RHMS major you will join an inclusive community that works collaboratively on a challenging curriculum, innovative research, and on applying the things we learn across campus and beyond. RHMS students intern and volunteer in Portland, take their skills into campus activities, and showcase their work at regional and national conferences and festivals.


  • My decision to go abroad to Japan really changed my entire college experience. It was by far the best part of my four years here.

    Nani Welch Keliihoomalu BA ’18
    Waimea, Hawai‘i
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  • I don’t have a single mentor, rather I have surrounded myself with a group of people that are always willing to help me.

    Michael Abraham BA ’21
    Portland, Oregon
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  • My favorite class has been the marketing seminar through the Bates Center. I got acquainted with ethical marketing practices that broadened my perspective. Now I’m applying for marketing internships and want to find a way to connect it to my future career!

    Katrina Kuzmina BA ’23
    Moscow, Russia
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