We cultivate innovation and an entrepreneurial attitude. We motivate with an active learning approach with our small class sizes that ensure a high-level of interaction with our outstanding teaching faculty and cohorts in an unparalleled setting.
We enhance your education with state-of-the-art technologies and multimedia capabilities. Our team values assistance in the development of small group skills that are vital in today’s workplace. Case studies provide opportunities to develop critical thinking and analytical skills.
The School of Business offers hands-on experience in diverse local businesses and nonprofit organizations. International exposure comes from students from around the world and study abroad programs. Faculty members are well-educated, friendly, flexible, have years of private sector business experience, and are dedicated to providing our students with the best possible education.
School of Business Mission
The mission of the School of Business is to prepare students for challenging, socially responsible careers in a dynamic, and globally competitive business environment. As part of a regional university, the Business School integrates a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences with the primary areas of business administration. The School emphasizes excellence in teaching, individualized advising, and flexible course scheduling. Programs are readily accessible to students through multiple locations and small class sizes that allow for significant interaction between professors and students.
Essentials of our Mission
A coherent, integrated curriculum within the functional areas of business emphasizing the increasingly global nature of the business environment, ethical conduct in business decision-making, and technological competency;
A requirement that students demonstrate the ability to communicate in a clear, concise, and professional manner. These communication skills are refined through oral class presentations, written assignments, and the development of a comprehensive business plan that serves as a senior capstone project;
A foundation in the liberal areas and sciences supplemented with a required non-business minor, an interdisciplinary certificate, or a year-long study abroad experience;
A dynamic set of academic offerings consisting of business concentrations, business co-majors, interdisciplinary certificate programs, and a comprehensive degree completion program;
A requirement that students earn internship credit or engage in practical undergraduate research in the business community;
Accessible programs available to all qualified students through day and evening courses offered at multiple locations and online;
Faculty that reflect a balance between theory and practice, teaching and research, and service to the University and community.
A degree in Business Administration develops you into an open-minded, responsible citizen with skills to carry you throughout your career. You can travel the world, start your own successful business, and inspire those around you. In this program, you will practice interpersonal skills, professional judgment, and time management in addition to mastering many tangible skills involving software programs, finance, marketing, and accounting, just to name a few. In short, the Business Administration degree teaches you to become a leader in any industry. Our graduates are enjoying very successful careers all around the Rogue Valley and the world. The program offers students the option to further develop their managerial skill sets and competencies in four option areas: Marketing, Management, Hospitality & Tourism Management, and Accounting. The Accounting option offers two tracks – Management Accounting and Public Accounting. The latter is intended for students planning to take the CPA examination.
So, what makes us different than all the other universities out there? We pride ourselves on five basic strengths:
Small class sizes. The average class size in the School of Business is 26. This means you get to know your professors, and they get to know you. When it comes time to graduate, professors can be a huge support in the way of providing leads to job opportunities, writing letters of recommendation, and helping you network in a professional community. You won’t find that at a large school. You also build lifelong friendships with your classmates. You aren’t stuck in a class where no one knows you.
Community involvement. When you’re a senior, you are required to participate in a community learning activity: an internship or business research project. We realize that one of the keys to a great experience is putting your education into action. An internship allows you to gain practical experience that can lead to a full-time job after graduation. The business research project allows you to work with a real organization on a real problem. Both opportunities get you out into the community and network with other business professionals.
Experienced faculty. Most of our professors have extensive business experience. That means they aren’t just teaching from a textbook. They can provide real-world examples to demonstrate course concepts.
International exchange. There are many opportunities for you to study abroad, periods ranging from three weeks to a full academic year. International exchange helps you see there are multiple ways of viewing the world. By studying with people from other cultures, you can learn new ways of solving problems and communicating.
Degree supplementation. Every business student is required to complete a minor outside the School of Business, an interdisciplinary certificate, or a study abroad program for one year. Earning a certificate or minor will allow you to develop knowledge and skills in another area that may jump-start your career and open even more doors of opportunity.
On top of all that, the School of Business is ACBSP accredited, which is a national accreditation just for business programs, and we are rated #25 by US News and World Report for Top Public Schools and #20 on Get Educated’s list of Best Buys.
Stand out from the crowd with a degree in Business at Southern Oregon University.
Undergraduate Dual Degree
Students in this program earn both a business degree from SOU and a degree from one of our partner universities in Germany (Hochschule Harz or HTW Saarlandes). The program of study can be completed in four years, with a year of study at one of the German universities during a student’s Junior or Senior year. Business classes are taught in English.
Graduate Dual Degree
In just one year (4 quarters) students can earn an MBA (Master of Business Administration) from SOU and a Master in International Management from HTW University in Saarbrücken, Germany. All classes are taught in English.
Located in the beautiful Rogue Valley, SBDC serves southern Oregon business development needs from offices in Medford and Ashland. As part of a statewide network of dedicated advising professionals, we deliver exceptional quality advising and training programs to assist your business in planning, finding resources, and ongoing training opportunities.
Contact our center at 541-552-8300 or firstname.lastname@example.org to start building your business today!