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General education is one way that SOU supports a student's learning of basic foundational skills and of how to become a productive member of society. At SOU we believe that learning to communicate effectively and to evaluate information and ideas are essential attributes of an educated person. We also want students to gain a broad understanding of the world and all its diversity.

The University Studies program is a dynamic general education program that is based on these student-learning outcomes. This program reflects SOU's and the Oregon University System's outcomes-based approach to curriculum development. Each course is aimed to deliver you skills or intellectual development, measured in goals and proficiencies, aimed to prepare you for a successful, productive life.

Students entering SOU with transfer credit from an accredited institution must meet one of the following lower division general education requirement options listed below. In addition, all students must complete three upper division university studies integration courses at SOU. Students entering SOU with transfer credit will be assigned to one of the following options:

Option 1. Completion of SOU's University Studies requirements (see

Option 2. Completion of an Associate of Arts-Oregon Transfer (AAOT), Associate of Science-Oregon Transfer (ASOT) degree, Oregon Transfer Module (OTM) as certified by an Oregon community college, Direct Transfer Associate Degree (DTA) as certified by a Washington college, or an Associate Degree for Transfer (AA/AS Transfer) as certified by a California Community College.

Option 3. Completion of general education requirements at an accredited four-year institution of higher education. Students must provide documentation from the institution stating that general education requirements were met.

Option 4. Completion of Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University (CSU) requirement, or an Articulated Program Agreement with Southern Oregon University.. Students must provide documentation stating this curriculum was completed.

Fall 2013- Summer 2014

University Studies Transfer Requirements University Studies Transfer Requirements PDF Document

Writing/Oral Communication:

Courses equivalent to WR 121, 122, (Comp I and II) and Comm 125 - Interpersonal Comm, Comm 210 - Public Speaking, Comm 225 - Small Group Comm, or Comm 310 - Advanced Public Speaking. OR USem 101, 102 & 103. C- or better in each class. * If a student transfers in with WR 121 only, then they will take USem 102 and 103. If a student transfers in two of the three, requirements the third class can be completed at SOU.


4 credits of college-level math from courses that require intermediate algebra or two years of high school algebra as prerequisite. See Academic Support Programs for Math Placement - 541-552-6213


(minimum 9 credits) Two- three lower division courses from Humanities, Art, Communication, English, Foreign Languages and Literature, Music, Philosophy, Theater Arts, or General Humanities. (non-studio)

Social Science:

(minimum 9 credits) Two- three lower division courses from Anthropology, Criminology, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Economics, Sociology, General Social Science, and Women's Studies.


(minimum 11 credits/two with lab) Two- three lower division courses, with at least two having labs, from Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, Physical Geography, Geology, Physics, and General Science.


Students must complete one upper division course in each area.Maximum of two may be in your major and/or per suject. Must be an approved Upper Division Integration Course as listed below:


(Select one of the following courses) 3-4 credits

Arth 330-Art, Culture, and Technological Change

BA 450 - Using GIS in Business

Bi 351/353 – Microbiology and Lab



Bi 381, 382, 383 – New Sciences of Complexity / Biology and Society / Microbial World

Bi 384 – Ethnobotany and Cross Cultural Communication



BI 385, 386 - Women in Science / Forest Ecology & Management



Bi 388, 480 –Conservation of Natural Resources / Biological Illustration



CH 300 – Forensic Investigation: Seeking Justice through Science



Comm 460d - Technology, Communication, and Culture

CS/CCJ 346 – Computer Forensics and Digital Evidence

Engr/PH 306-Sustainability: Materials Technology and Design



ES 379 - Biodiversity



ES/Geog 386 – Environmental Data Analysis

Ed 437 - Scientific Inquiry in Teaching



Geog/G 481 – Geomorphology

Geog 482 – Climatology



G 330, 353 – Metals and Civilization / Oceanography



ïG 360 – Environmental Geology



HST 421 – Environmental History



ïPH 308,309,310–Energy and the Environ/ Energy Alternatives/ Energy Policy



PH 312, 313  – Space, Time and the Cosmos /Acoustics, Sound & Music

PH 314, 315 – Light, Vision & Optical Phenomena / Cosmology



PH 361/ENGR 323 – Digital Electronics



PHL 329 – Science and Religion

ïPHL 330 – Science, Democracy and Citizenship



PHL/SC 339 – History and Philosophy of Science



PS 340 – Law Science & the Environment




(Select one of the following courses) 3-4 credits

ïAnth 310 - American Culture



ïAnth 336 – Topics in Global and Local Interconnections



ArtH 345 – Activist Art



BA 320 – Business, Government & Nonprofits



ïBA 475 – Organizational Behavior

BA 480 – Nonprofit Theory and Leadership

BA 481 – Principles of Human Resource Management

BA 483, 490 - Sustainable Org. Leadership/Case Studies of Corporate Sustainability

Comm 332 - Discourse Analysis of Social Problems

Comm 343 – Argumentation, Debate & Critical Thinking



Comm 460b - Communication & Third World Development



CCJ 430 – Crime Control Theories and Policies

CCJ 460 - Comparative Criminal Justice



Ec 325, 340 – Labor Economics / Gender Issues in Economics



Ed 459 – Foundations of Education



Eng 315 – Studies in Autobiographical Writing



Eng/Wr 410 – Community Engagement Writing: Internships/Practica



Geog 350 - Urban Environments



Geog/IS 360 -Global Issues in Politics, Population, Develop. & the Environ.



Geog/SSPC 439 - Land use Planning



Geog 440 - Planning Issues



ïG 360 – Environmental Geology



HE 331, 362 – Environmental Health / Community Health



HE 444, 453 – Sexuality Education / Drugs and Society



Hst /PS 382 – Vietnam War and Film



ïPH 308,309,310–Energy and the Environ/ Energy Alternatives/ Energy Policy



PHL/CS 310 – IT Ethical and Legal Issues



ïPHL 330 – Science, Democracy and Citizenship



PS 310 - Mass Media & Politics



Psy 445 - Organizational Psychology



Psy 498&499 - Psychology Capstone-Project/Internship (BOTH)



Soc 304 - Poverty, Family & Policy



Soc 310, 320 – Community Studies / Schools and Society



WR 312, 329 - Writing Workshop for Teachers / Grant Writing




(Select one of the following classes) 3-4 credits

ïAnth 310 - American Culture



Anth 317,318,319 -Pacific Cultures/Native N. America/Cultures of the World

Anth 334 - Anthropological Perspectives on the Native American Frontier



ïAnth 336 – Topics in Global and Local Interconnections



ArtH/Mus311 – Art and Music of the 20th Century - Present



ArtH 344, 431 – Art, Culture, & Politics/ Italian Renaissance Art & Culture



ArtH 450 – Race, Gender, and Ethnicity in Art



BA 447, 477 - International Marketing / International Business



ïBA 475 - Organizational Behavior



CCJ 361 – Juvenile Delinquency



Comm 441 - International Communications



Comm 460a/c - Women Transforming Language/Culture, Identity and Comm.



ED 438, 460 – Children Around the World/ Diversity

Eng/ED 398 – Teaching Global Perspectives through Children’s Literature

Eng/GSWS 341 -Class, Culture & Feminism



Eng 447 – Chicano Subjectivities & Religious Perspectives

Eng 448a – Major Authors: Toni Morrison

Eng 454 – American Multicultural Literature



Eng 455 – World Lit: Contemporary Chinese OR Contemporary West African



Eng 457, 491 – Postcolonial Literature and Theory/History of the English Language



FR 314 - French Culture, Composition and Conversation



FR 427 – Noncontinental Francophone Literature



Geog 330 - The Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean



Geog 336, 338 - The Geography of East,  Southeast Asia/Central & Southwest Asia



GL 301 – German Culture, Conversation & Composition

GSWS 302, 417 - Contemporary US Women’s Movements/ Sexual Politics in US History

Hst 320, 380 - Religion in America/ War in the Modern World

Mus 360, 361, 362 – History of Music



PS/IS 350 - World Politics



Psy 313, 369 – Human Behavior and Film / Human Sexuality



Psy 432, 479 – Personality / Abnormal Psychology



Soc 333,340, 343 - Global Media and Culture/Sociology of Gender Roles / Gender and the Body



TA 349 – Fashion through the Centuries

* can only be used to satisfy one integration requirement