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Solve real-world problems, outside the classroom!

Houses are designed for you, the engaged and energetic student. The Houses let you team up to create positive change, no matter what your field of study.

SOU Houses are not buildings and not majors—they’re new communities of learning and doing, built on common interests, creativity, and collaboration.

Whether you plan to major in the arts, sciences, humanities, education, or any other SOU program, you can apply your strongest passions and talents in a Southern Oregon University House to make a real difference.

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The Green House adventure will move beyond the classroom into diverse environments such as Mount Ashland, local farms and businesses, the Rogue River, Ashland’s watershed and our new SOU Center for Sustainability. Through adventure and applied research, members will explore what sustainability means to each of us as individuals within a community and in the larger world.

About the SOU House Experience

The House Seminar is a distinctive and challenging student experience that fosters resilience, adaptability, team skills, career awareness, and problem solving. Complementing their traditional academic major, students participate in an interdisciplinary curricula comprised of classes and other experiences centered on big ideas. Faculty, students, and staff collaborate across traditional majors to create novel academic experiences that involve active learning, research, performance, adventure, career mentoring, and real-world application. Students and faculty participate each term in a House Seminar, a ‘home room’ class that, over the course of a year, delivers foundational academic skills, academic advising, peer mentoring, group projects, lab/field work or performance, field trips, career preparation, portfolio/resume building, professional conference participation and research publication. When you graduate, you'll have more than a degree: you'll also have powerful, real-world skills and connections for life!

Start your SOU education by being part of a community that is actively learning and working together to make a difference in the world.

The Houses are open to any incoming student, regardless of their major.

Get creative, get connected, get out of the classroom...
Get in a House!

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