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2018-19 Catalog 
2018-19 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Regional Studies and Applied Research Certificate


The Regional Studies and Applied Research (RSAR) Certificate program is a 34-credit interdisciplinary certificate. The overall goal of the Regional Studies and Applied Research Certificate program is to provide students with the knowledge and tools necessary to understand interrelationships among the social, cultural, economic, geographic and environmental aspects of a region.  Although the region of southern Oregon will be emphasized in some of the classes, students pursuing this certificate will learn modeling processes that are widely transferable and applicable to other settings.

 A second related goal is to give students a strong foundation in research methodology and applied research.  Students will have sustained engagement in research projects that will build skills in data gathering and analysis, as well as synthesizing results and communicating findings.  These skills will be directly applicable in the workplace or graduate school.

Introductory Course (4 credits)

Subject Area Courses (8-12 credits)

Courses meeting this requirement should have a regional, applied or policy orientation. Subject area classes will be determined by the student and advisor. Examples of subject area classes include:

Research Experience (10-12 credits)

Students will engage in applied research for several quarters, optimally spread over three terms as 2-4-4 credits per term. This may be accomplished by working on a specific research project at SOURCE (Southern Oregon University Research Center), working on SOURCE’s annual regional report and/or working with a faculty member on a research project.