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Carlee Sedgwick, a sustainability and sociology double major with Oregon State University Ecampus, stands with ocean cliffs behind her. She is in the environmental and natural resource option in the sociology bachelor's degree program.

Oregon State Everywhere: Prone to wanderlust, but at home with Ecampus

“I think my favorite part about Ecampus, besides the community and approachability of all the faculty, is the overall flexibility allowed through online classes. … When I graduate, I want to continue my education before pursuing a career that involves conservation, environmental justice or really anything to do with environmental sustainability.” – Carlee Sedgwick, sociology and sustainability double major

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 Ecampus sociology alumna Sarah Brown stands with one hand resting on the branch of a tree.

It was an ambitious dream. But Beavers like a challenge.

Oregon State Ecampus Sociology Alumna Sarah Brown is among a small group of current and former students across the world who have earned a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award for the 2017-18 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Ecampus ranked #1 in U.S. for online liberal arts education

Oregon State is the best university in the nation when it comes to delivering a high-quality liberal arts education online, according to a new ranking released last month. Oregon State’s College of Liberal Arts offers 11 bachelor’s degrees and two master’s programs online through OSU Ecampus, the university’s distance education division.

Scott Akins stands in front of Fairbanks Hall on the Oregon State University campus.

Behind the scenes with Scott Akins, sociology associate professor

“One of the best things about Ecampus is that it provides opportunity for individuals to pursue the goals of education and career advancement that might otherwise be denied to them,” says Sociology Associate Professor Scott Akins.