The House Experience - at SOU
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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.
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.
New for Fall 2014!
The Skeptic House is a new, project-based learning community that takes an interdisciplinary approach toward the application of logical, creative, and scientific thinking on many contemporary issues and problems, from cryptozoology and alien abductions, to vaccinations, global warming, and evolution. Students will actively participate in collaborative projects involving contentious issues with campus and community partners by applying their skills and knowledge in profound and challenging new ways.
New for Fall 2014!
The MindBody House promotes a comprehensive view of health and wellness as both a multi-disciplinary endeavor and a life-long commitment. The curriculum is applied, integrated and project-based, promoting a balance between the physical, emotional, intellectual and social aspects of health by including fitness, nutrition, stress management, mindfulness, health promotion and healthy relationships.
About the SOU House Experience
The House Seminar is a distinctive and challenging student experience that fosters resilience, adaptability, team skills, career awareness, and the ability to solve real-world problems. 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, real-world research/performance, adventure, career mentoring, and real-world application. All students and faculty participate each term in House Seminar, a ‘home room’ class that, over four years, 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, research publication, and a senior capstone experience.
When you graduate, you'll have more than a degree; you'l 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 freshman, regardless of their major.
Get creative, get connected, get out of the classroom...
Get in a House!