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2020-21 Catalog 
2020-21 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Accelerated Baccalaureate Degree Program
Curtis J. Bacon, 541-552-6487,, Program Director
Gretchen Woelke, 541-552-6260,, Program Assistant

The Accelerated Baccalaureate Degree Program (also known as “the Degree in 3”) enables students to customize their academic pursuits based on their individual strengths and goals. The following areas participate in the program: anthropology, business administration, communication, computer science, criminology and criminal justice, economics, elementary education, English, foreign languages and literatures, health, physical education, and outdoor leadership, history, international studies, mathematics, psychology, and sociology.

To complete the program in three years, students average 16 credits per quarter in a focused program that reduces coursework by up to 24 University Studies and 21 elective credits. To ensure success in this reduced program of study, students should be self-disciplined, highly motivated, and committed to their major. Students in the Degree in 3 program are encouraged to follow their interests, participate in campus activities, and even study abroad.

The Accelerated Baccalaureate Committee reviews application portfolios and recommends students for this program to the major department. Faculty members from each participating department serve as academic advisors for program participants. Students must begin the Accelerated Baccalaureate Degree Program during their first quarter at the University; and they typically submit applications for this program when applying for admission to SOU.

Applicants must have at least a 3.4 cumulative high school GPA, or a 3.2 cumulative high school GPA and 1150 SAT I score, or 25 ACT score to be considered for the program. Additional information and applications are available on the Web at

Program Requirements


First-year students are required to attend an orientation at the beginning of their first term. Mid-quarter meetings are optional for all current students.


Third-year students are required to participate in an exit interview during their last quarter at SOU.


All students are required to take 135 to 151 credits. Specific course requirements are determined after extensive reviews of application portfolios. College credits earned prior to admission to the Accelerated Baccalaureate Program (including AP, Advanced Southern Credit, and community college credits) are normally used to determine the credit reduction and may not also be counted toward the Accelerated Baccalaureate graduate requirements. Therefore, students with several transfer credits are encouraged to explore other options before applying to the Accelerated Baccalaureate Program.


All students meet regularly with their advisors to develop and maintain a yearly contract that ensures normal progress toward the degree. Students who do not maintain normal progress are required to switch to a 180-credit, four-year degree program.