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From Business to Criminology and Criminal Justice, from Education to Outdoor Adventure Leadership, from Biology to Music and Theatre, SOU offers a world of opportunity through a variety of majors, minors, certificates, and other learning opportunities.

Undecided on your major? You're not alone! Nearly one-third of students enroll in SOU without knowing what they want to major in. Take classes in all different disciplines, explore your interests, and discover the right path for you.


Art  (additional BFA option available)
Innovation and Leadership
Biology  Interdisciplinary Studies
Business Administration International Studies*
Accounting Language and Culture*
Hospitality and Tourism Management                 Spanish
Management Mathematics*
Marketing Mathematics-Computer Science
Chemistry Music
Forensic Chemistry Music Instruction
Pre-health Professions Music Performance
Communication* Nursing (Oregon Health Sciences University)
Communication Studies Outdoor Adventure Leadership
Digital Cinema Political Science
Social Media and Public Engagement Psychology*
Computer Science* Sociology and Anthropology*
Creative Writing* Theatre Arts  (additional BFA option available)
Criminal Justice* Acting
Early Childhood Development†  Costuming
Economics* Directing
Elementary Education* Dramaturgy
Emerging Media & Digital Arts Film Techniques
English* Shakespeare Studies
Environmental Studies Sound
Financial Mathematics Stage Lighting
Health and Physical Education* Stage Management
History* Stage Scenery
Human Service

* Participates in the three-year Accelerated Baccalaureate Degree Program
† Degree completion program- requires special admission procedures


If you already have a career in mind, SOU offers several pre-professional programs to start you on your path. You'll spend one to four years on the SOU campus learning how to be an innovative thinker and creative problem solver under our liberal arts curriculum, then transfer to a professional school to complete your technical education. 

Chiropractic Medicine             Optometry
Dental Hygiene Pharmacy
Dentistry Physical Therapy
Law Physician’s Assistant
Medical Technology
Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, 
Medicine          or Human Service
Occupational Therapy                                       Veterinary Medicine

Several of these programs even offer partnerships between SOU and various professional institiutions: 

Chiropractic: Western States Chiropractic College
Dental Hygiene: Oregon Institute of Technology
Medical Technology: Oregon Health Sciences University
Optometry: Pacific University


SOU offers a wide variety of minors that will supplement your degree and make you competitive in the workforce. You can also select a minor unrelated to your major simply to explore an area of study that you are passionate about!

Applied Statistics Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies
Art International Studies
Art History Latin American Studies
Biology Mathematics
Business Administration Mathematics Education
Chemistry Military Science
Communication Studies Music
Computer Science Native American Studies
Conflict Resolution Outdoor Adventure Leadership
Creative Writing Philosophy
Criminal Justice Political Science
Digital Media Psychology
Economics Rhetoric and Reason
Education Shakespeare Studies
Emerging Media and Digital Arts
Social Justice
English  Sociology and Anthropology
Environmental Studies Spanish


At SOU, you can also earn a certificate in your field of interest to increase your knowledge, expertise, and marketability. A certificate demonstrates your commitment to and passion for your chosen discipline, giving you a competitive edge in the workplace.

Accounting, Postbaccalaureate                          Interactive Marketing and E-Commerce
Applied Cultural Anthropology Management of Human Resources
Applied Finance and Economics Native American Studies
Business Information Systems Nonprofit Management
Conflict Resolution Regional Studies and Applied Research
Cultural Resource Management Sustainability Leadership

Visit our Graduate website for a complete list of Master's programs offered at SOU!