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These pages describe the types of distance courses offered at SOU, how to find the schedule and fees for online courses, degrees and programs offered online, and how to contact the coordinator for each program.

Types of Courses

studyingThe term distance education is used to describe formal learning activities that occur when the student and instructor are separated by time and geographic location. While we offer three types of distance education courses at SOU, the majority are either fully or partially online. The three types are:

  • Online — In a fully online course, all instruction occurs over the Internet. You can take the course from the convenience of your home, office, etc., 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You access course content and resources, participate in discussions, submit assignments, and interact with the instructor and your classmates through an application called Moodle.
    Note: Although an online course offers flexibility, each course has a start and end date, and each assignment has a specific deadline. Also, some courses may require a few online meetings on specific dates and times. Your instructor will provide advance notice of dates and times when such meetings are required.
  • Hybrid — A hybrid course is a combination of online course work and on-site (or two-way video) meetings. Some hybrid courses meet every other week while others meet only at the beginning and end of the term. When you register for a hybrid course, you will be informed of the specific meeting dates so you can plan accordingly.
  • Two-Way Video — A few courses are delivered using interactive video. These courses meet on a regular day/time using two-way video transmission. SOU presently transmits to sites in Medford, Klamath Falls, Grants Pass, Roseburg, and Coos Bay.

Courses offered online vary each quarter. To identify online courses:

  • Search the SOU Class Schedule. Online courses are displayed in green text.
  • Use the Advanced Search feature to limit your search to courses delivered online. These instructions explain how to use this very handy feature.
  • Search for online courses when you're ready to register for courses.


You can find costs for each online course listed on the Class Schedule and Fees page. Please note the following:

  • SOU charges course fees instead of tuition for online courses.
  • Fees for online courses are the same for Oregon and out-of-state residents. Students taking online courses exclusively are not assessed building, incidental, green tag, health service, and health insurance fees.
  • Students taking hybrid, two-way video, and on-campus courses are charged building, incidental, green tag, health service and health insurance fees. For current fees, refer to Tuition and Fee Schedules
  • Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Scholarships and the California Exchange Program do not apply to online courses. 

Programs & Coordinators

Contact Us!

For assistance with registration procedures, billing questions, network accounts, etc., refer to Student Support and Services Contacts. For information on programs available online and advising assistance, refer to the coordinator for the program in which you are interested:

Business Administration

  • BS in Management or Accounting
  • BAS in Management
    • Concentration in Hospitality

Dr. Joan McBee

Byron Marlowe

David Parker

Criminology and Criminal Justice

  • Degree Completion
  • Online Minor

Tanya Blakeley


Master in Theatre Education

  • Emphasis in Production and Design

Eric Levin


School of Education

  • Early Childhood Development
  • MA in Education/Continuing Teaching License
  • MA in Teaching/Special Education
  • ReadOregon
  • ESOL
  • Special Education

K.C. Sam


















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