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2022-23 Catalog 
2022-23 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Catalog Content

The content of this catalog is subject to change without notice and does not constitute a contract between Southern Oregon University and its stu­dents or applicants for admission. This catalog is for information purposes only. Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the content, but circumstances change frequently at an educa­tional institution and new decisions may affect the accuracy of this information.


Course. A subject or instructional subdivision of a subject offered during a single term.

Corequisite. Indicates a course that must be tak­en simultaneously with the course described.

Credit. One unit of credit represents approxi­mately three hours of time each week for one term. This time may comprise work in the classroom, the laboratory, or outside.

Curriculum. An organized program of study providing integrated cultural or professional education.

Discipline. A branch of learning or field of study (e.g., biology, English, or psychology).

Elective. An optional rather than a required course.

Grade Point Average (GPA). Grade point av­erage is computed by dividing grade points earned by the number of credits attempted. Grades of E, I, P, NP, W, WP, WF, and NC do not carry grade points, and credits for these grades are not calculated in the GPA. The University’s GPA includes only SOU courses.

Practicum. A supervised experience, usually off campus, arranged with the approval of the instructor and conducted under requirements set by the instructor.

Prerequisite. Indicates a course that must be completed prior to the course described; for example, MTH 95 is required before taking CH 201. See Course Prerequisites Policy in the Academic Policies section.

Reading and Conference. A selection of mate­rials to be read by an individual student and discussed in conference with a professor.

Residence Credit. Academic work completed while a student is formally admitted and offi­cially registered at SOU.

Seminar. A small group of advanced students studying a subject with guidance from a pro­fessor. Each student conducts original research and exchanges the results with fellow group members through informal lectures, reports, and discussions.

Sequence. Closely related courses extending through more than one term.

Term. Approximately one-third of the regular aca­demic year and one-quarter of the calendar year. May be fall, winter, spring, or summer.

Reading a Course Description

The following example illustrates the elements of a typical course listing:

TA 442 Theatre Sound Design

3 credits

Offers an advanced study of theatre sound, with an emphasis on providing practical expe­rience in designing sound for various produc­tion styles. Prerequisite: TA 242.

TA: Prefix. An abbreviation representing the program offering the course.

442: Number. Indicates the approximate level of the course (see Course Numbering System below).

Theatre Sound Design: Title.

3 credits: Indicates the number of credits award­ed for successful completion of the course.

Offers … : Description of course content.

Prerequisite: TA 242: The required background course necessary for admittance to the course. Students who have not completed the stated prerequisites but have equivalent background should consult the instructor of the course they are interested in. The instructor has the authority to waive the prerequisite requirement in such a case. See Course Prerequisites Policy in the Academic Policies section.

Course registration details (including the Course Reference Number (CRN), grading method, time and location of class meetings, and instructor’s name) are listed in the class schedule, which is available online each term.

Course Numbering System

Courses throughout the Oregon University Sys­tem follow this basic numbering system:


Noncredit courses or credit courses of remedial nature that do not count toward graduation or degree and are not included in calculating the grade point average.


Lower division courses.


Upper Division, which are 300- and 400-level courses, are primarily for Juniors and Seniors, respectively.   For courses restricted to Junior or Senior standing, the instructor of the course may permit an override if they are satisfied that a student meets the criteria for the course.


Upper division courses primarily for seniors.


Upper division/graduate courses for seniors and graduate students. Courses listed in this catalog that have both a 4xx and 5xx number may be offered during any quarter (see the class sched­ule) under either of two options:

1. For undergraduate students only; listed under the 4xx number.

2. For both graduate and undergraduate students; listed under 4xx/5xx. Graduate students enroll in the 5xx number, while undergraduates enroll in the 4xx number. The class schedule includes the 4xx listing and a separate 5xx listing.


Graduate courses.

Course Prefixes

Prefix Subject Area


ARTC Creative Activities

ARTM Museum Studies

ARTH Art History

ASL American Sign Language

BA Business Administration

BI Biology

CCJ Criminology and Criminal Justice

CH Chemistry

COMM Communication

COUN Counseling

CS Computer Science

CW Creative Writing

DCIN Digital Cinema

EC Economics

ECE Early Childhood Education

ED Education

EE Environmental Education

EMDA Emerging Media & Digital Arts

ENG English

ERS Ethnic and Racial Studies

ES Environmental Science and Policy

ESM eSports Management

FL Foreign Languages

FR French

GL German

GSWS Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies

HCA Healthcare Administration

HE Health Education

HON Honors College

HST History

INL Innovation and Leadership

IS International Studies

JPN Japanese

LC Learning Commons

LEAD Education and Leadership

LIS Library and Information Science

MAT Master of Arts in Teaching

MBA Master in Business Administration

MIIS Master in Interdisciplinary Studies

MM Master in Management

MS Military Science

MTH Mathematics

MUP Applied Music

MUS Music

NAS Native American Studies

OAL Outdoor Adventure Leadership

OCA Oregon Center for the Arts

PE Physical Education

PEA Physical Education Activities

PH Physics

PHL Philosophy

PS Political Science

PSY Psychology

READ Reading Endorsement

REL Religion

SAS Success at Southern

SC Science

SHS Shakespeare Studies

SOAN Sociology and Anthropology

SPAN Spanish

SPED Special Education

SSCI Social Sciences

TA Theatre

UGS Undergraduate Studies

USEM University Seminar

WR Writing

Class Schedule

Students should read the online class schedule. This publication contains rules, regulations, academic re­quirements, class schedules, and other information unavailable when the catalog was published. Stu­dents are also urged to consult faculty advisors for additional information and assistance.

Rules and Procedures

Students are expected to follow University rules and procedures. Students assume personal re­sponsibility for designing a course of study and fulfilling the academic requirements of SOU.