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Headshot image of Sarah Brown, a sociology graduate of Oregon State University

Online sociology degree leads alum from rural town to Fulbright scholarship and more

Sarah Brown began as an OSU Ecampus student many years ago, when instruction was often delivered by VHS videos. Technology evolved as her studies continued (thankfully). After graduating with honors in 2016, Brown earned a prestigious Fulbright scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year. And the knowledge she gained in OSU’s sociology program significantly impacted her ability to succeed while conducting independent research in Hungary.

Scott Akins, a professor of sociology at Oregon State University, poses in front of a building. Scott's teachings focus largely on crime and justice.

Crime and justice is a key focus of Oregon State online sociology degree

When Scott Akins was “a bit of a juvenile delinquent” growing up. Now he’s a Ph.D. professor of sociology at Oregon State University. “After experiencing criminal behavior and law enforcement from the ‘other side,’ I became very interested in studying the behavior, why it occurs and what can be done to prevent it,” Akins says. That’s precisely what students can study as part of the crime and justice option in Oregon State’s online sociology bachelor’s degree program.

A person's gloved hand reaches toward a discarded plastic water bottle on the ocean sand, with other people in the background also involved in the cleanup effort. Environmental and natural resource option in Oregon State's sociology bachelor's degree program.

Oregon State’s online sociology degree adds environmental focus

The OSU Ecampus sociology online bachelor’s degree program gives students the ability to enroll in an environmental and natural resource option. The multidisciplinary coursework in this option examines environmental issues from a social science perspective, and it provides an in-depth analysis of how societies interact with their biophysical environments.

Oregon State faculty, staff earn awards for online learning innovation, engagement

At OSU Ecampus, we partner with nearly 1,000 Oregon State faculty members each year, and we constantly stand in awe of their expertise and innovation. The annual Oregon State Ecampus Awards recognize our outstanding partners who go above and beyond. This year, we honor five faculty and staff members who demonstrate a commitment to excellence and student success in everything they do.

Bob Santelli, is on stage in a suit, giving a talk.

Oregon State popular music director and soon-to-be Ecampus instructor wins Grammy Award

Oregon State University’s Director of Popular Music and Performing Arts, Bob Santelli, won a Grammy Award on Sunday night. Luckily for Oregon State students, his portfolio will soon include an online course for OSU Ecampus, too.

Ana-Maria M'Enesti, French instructor for Oregon State University Ecampus

French online instructor creates an active, effective learning environment

Learning a new language can be a rewarding experience. But it also implies taking risks, being vulnerable and sometimes working through confusion and frustration. It’s with this understanding that instructor Ana-Maria M’Enesti develops French online courses for OSU Ecampus. “I create my lessons and assessments with a compassionate approach, aiming to encourage deep learning through meaningful interactions,” she says.

Joshua Chan Burgos, an OSU Ecampus graduate, wears a graduation cap and gown while surrounded by his family and OSU's mascot, Benny the Beaver

Sustainability, anthropology grad finds inspiration amid poverty, disaster

Inside a classroom in the remote countryside of Central Asia in 2013, Joshua Chan Burgos was jolted into a new and ambitious sense of what he needed to do. Volunteering for a nonprofit, he was surrounded by orphans and saw young faces filled with excitement. He saw children determined to get educated so they could give back to their small communities. Something clicked. Chan Burgos knew his next step was to find a place where he could prepare to put into practice his belief that learning and community-building can occur anywhere on the planet. That place was Oregon State.

Maria Reading, Spanish graduate from Oregon State University Ecampus

Online Spanish studies help alum take her career to a higher degree

Maria Reading was a young child when she moved with her family from Mexico to Southern California. Spanish was her first language. But as she and her nine siblings began school, their world became immersed in English. While working with students many years later, Reading realized she still wanted to fulfill a lifelong dream to earn a college degree and reclaim her native language.

Oregon State Everywhere: ‘I longed for a new chapter in my vocation’

“After searching for Buddhist and Hindu scholars across colleges in Oregon, I came across Oregon State University Ecampus and a class on Gandhi and non-violence, a topic not only captivating, but relevant to our times. Since that first class, I have framed my life around completing my undergraduate degree in liberal studies,” says Ecampus student Diana Hulet.

Oregon State Ecampus language

Earn a language degree online from top-ranked Oregon State Ecampus, expand your career

Learn a new language and enhance your global awareness and intercultural skills by taking online language courses from Oregon State University – and set yourself up for career advancement.