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Southern Oregon University

Connected Learning—The opportunity to go beyond theory and take learning to the real world.

Hydro-geo group working on the Gold Ray Dam Project

To learn, explore, and discover what really matters, students need to make a connection. That’s exactly what happens at Southern Oregon University.

For SOU students, learning goes far beyond the classroom. SOU professors encourage students to put into practice what they are learning, preparing them to learn more deeply and make immediate contributions when they enter the work force.

Through connected learning experiences—including internships, mentor relationships, field study, capstone experiences, volunteerism, civic engagement—SOU students translate learning into meaning as they apply classroom theory to the world around them. Beyond their own learning, they can be leaders, a force for change in the community, bringing a fresh and informed perspective to real challenges.

That doesn’t happen just anywhere—it happens at SOU.

Any university can teach theory.

Peter Britt dig

SOU Archaeology students and Southern Oregon Historical Society volunteers dug on the site of the historic Peter Britt homestead in Jacksonville, Oregon, last winter.

Britt was an early pioneer in the Rogue River Valley. Student archaeologists worked to find remnants of his life—successfully locating the original foundation of the building and gaining hands-on experience.

Ashley Shernosky, an SOU senior, told the Medford Mail Tribune the work was a labor of love.

“I love that archaeology makes your imagination run wild—you can almost imagine the people and the time and what life was like,” she said.