Combining real-world projects with intellectual rigor, the Honors College at Southern Oregon University aims to provide a challenging learning environment. Our curricula takes advantage of the university’s unique location by drawing on the rich natural, cultural, and artistic resources that are Southern Oregon. Southern Oregon University seeks to create a community of learners prepared for a lifetime of intellectual curiosity, inquiry, scholarship, and service.

Honors College Scholars at Southern Oregon University are admitted by invitation following a competitive application process.  

The Honors College curriculum comprises 50 credits of Honors College coursework that collectively satisfy SOU’s University Studies (general-education requirements). In addition, there are specific requirements that are not based on coursework, but that expand the Honors College scholar's horizons and aids in connecting coursework to practical experiences. The list below provides a comprehensive list of all requirements for Honors College Scholars. 

Honors College Scholars are required to:

Maintain a 3.25 minimum SOU cumulative overall grade point average and earn a C or better in all Honors College courses to remain in good standing in the Honors College and maintain eligibility for Honors College scholarships. 

Successfully complete all required Honors College courses for a total of 50 total credits, which satisfies all University Studies (general-education) requirements, and counts toward the 180 credits required to graduate. 

Participate in all required Honors College co-curricular “Essential Events,” which are designated in advance as mandatory.  

Freshmen and Sophomores must attend a minimum of three “Pick and Choose Activities” and submit an analytical synopsis of all three each term.  None is required for juniors and seniors.  

Successfully complete two “Take the Lead Projects.” The “Take the Lead Projects” require a formal proposal, culminating reflection, and prior approval from the Honors College Director. 

Successfully complete one “Substantive Educational Experience,” which may include but is not limited to a community partner mentor-internship sequence, an internship or practicum, student teaching, a service-learning project, study abroad or study away, or National Student Exchange experience. The substantive supplemental educational experience requires a formal proposal, documentation of hours and effort, culminating reflection, and prior approval from the Honors College Director. 

Required Courses: 


Students who wish to graduate as Honors Scholars will complete the following curriculum: 

Other Required Courses


(28 credits)

One each of the HON 315-317-319 sequence. Various topics will be offered under these subject numbers, so two of the courses will be repeated, but will have a different focus and different subtitle - 12 credits total.

Any two additional courses in the 315-317-319 sequence, or the HIJ Integration Strands. Each of the two courses taken must be unique from each other and cannot duplicate any of the three courses already taken from the 315-317-319 sequence.  8 credits total.