SOU unveils unique MBA in Arts Administration program

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(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University continues to set itself apart in arts education, currently with the introduction of a one-of-a-kind MBA degree in Arts Administration that opens numerous career paths for students in the performing and visual arts. The program is currently accepting students.

Undergraduate students can earn the new MBA in Arts Administration in as few as five years – four to complete a bachelor’s degree with a business minor in one of SOU’s arts programs, and a fifth year to complete the master’s in business administration degree. Arts students can alternatively complete their bachelor’s degrees without the business minor, then move on to a two-year MBA program.

“This MBA program builds on SOU’s excellence in the arts, expanding it into the business side,” said Greg Jones, director of the university’s Division of Business, Communication and the Environment. “It provides new opportunities for students to capitalize on their arts education.”

The MBA in Arts Administration is the result of collaboration between SOU’s School of Business and the university’s Oregon Center for the Arts. The new degree is intended for those who are interested in leading arts organizations, galleries or museums, or directing, producing, marketing or managing in the arts.

“This program is unique in the nation in that most arts administration programs are arts programs and not MBA programs,” said David Humphrey, director of SOU’s Oregon Center for the Arts. “An MBA degree is highly marketable, especially if students want to work in the arts.

“I am excited about this program in that it provides a career path for those arts students who do not wish to perform or exhibit,” he said.

The MBA in Arts Administration program equips students for local, regional or national arts management, combining business strategy and community insights to create connections with artists and the arts. It is intended for those pursuing bachelor’s degrees in any of the five Oregon Center for the Arts programs: Art, Emerging Media and Digital Arts, Creative Writing, Music and Theatre Arts.

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SOU offers “Working in the Wine Industry” course to community

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(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University is making one of its winter term courses available to the public. “Working in the Wine Industry” will be offered for credit to admitted SOU students, and will be available at a special tuition rate as a non-credit class for community members who are not admitted SOU students.

“This is in direct response to the needs of our community,” said SOU Professor Greg Jones, director of the university’s Division of Business, Communication and the Environment. “The wine industry is booming in Southern Oregon, and more and more people are turning to the industry for employment. We want to make sure that not only our students, but anyone in the community interested in a career in this exciting field has the opportunity to learn the basics through this course.”

The seminar-style “Working in the Wine Industry” course will focus on the many facets and possibilities of pursuing and performing employment in the wine industry. The course covers vineyard operations, winemaking, and the marketing and selling of wine. Wine’s place in history, culture, science and economics also are incorporated into the curriculum.

“Anyone who is interested in wine and would like to have a more robust understanding of it will benefit from this course,” Dr. Jones said. “But it is particularly well-suited for those working in the hospitality and tourism industries who would like to expand their skillsets.”

“Working in the Wine Industry” will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:20 p.m., Jan. 10 through March 21 on SOU’s main campus in Ashland.

A special tuition rate of $300 has been established for community members who sign up for the course. Admitted students taking the class for credit will pay the standard tuition rate. Anyone interested in learning more or registering is encouraged to contact Connie Lynn in SOU’s Continuing Education Division at (541) 552-6899 or by email at lynnc@sou.edu.

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Southern Oregon University is a medium-sized campus that provides comprehensive educational opportunities with a strong focus on student success and intellectual creativity. Located in vibrant Ashland, Oregon, SOU remains committed to diversity and inclusion for all students on its environmentally sustainable campus. Connected learning programs taught by a host of exceptional faculty provide quality, innovative experiences for students. Visit sou.edu.