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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.


Anthropology* Environmental Studies
Art  (Additional BFA Option) Financial Mathematics
Studio Art: Ceramics, Digital Media, Printmaking,  Health and Physical Education*
Photography, Painting and Drawing, Sculpture History*
Biology  Human Service
Biological Sciences Innovation and Leadership† 
Biomedical Science Interdisciplinary Studies
Ecology, Organismal and Field Biology International Studies*
Business Administration Language and Culture*
Accounting Spanish
Hospitality and Tourism Management Mathematics*
Management Mathematics-Computer Science
Marketing Music
Chemistry Elementary General Music
Biochemistry Music Instruction
Forensic Chemistry Music Performance
Pre-health Professions Nursing (Oregon Health Sciences University) 
Communication* Outdoor Adventure Leadership
Communication Studies Political Science
Film, Television and Convergent Media Psychology*
Computer Science* Sociology*
Criminology and Criminal Justice* Theatre Arts  (Additional BFA Option)
Early Childhood Development†  Acting
Economics* Costuming
General Economics Directing
International Economics Dramaturgy
Economics and Finance Film Techniques
Applied Economics and Public Policy Musical Theatre
Elementary Education* Shakespeare Studies
Emerging Media & Digital Arts Sound
English and Writing* Stage Lighting
Creative Writing Stage Management
English Education Stage Scenery
Literary Studies  

* 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. Students can also select a minor unrelated to their major simply to explore an area of study that they are passionate about!

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