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Western Oregon University

Monmouth, Oregon

Founded in 1856 by Oregon Pioneers as Monmouth University, Western Oregon University is the oldest public four-year institution in Oregon. Western is a comprehensive liberal arts institution. Located in Monmouth, a small town in the heart of the Willamette Valley. It is roughly 80 minutes from Portland, 60 minutes from the coast, and 25 minutes from Salem, our state capital. Western is your home away from home, a place where you can build your own community.

Western Oregon University is a member of the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) for tuition purposes.


Last Updated: 2021-05-03


Passport Block


The Passport Block listed here is for general information only.
Students must see the institution's website for access to its official block.

The Interstate Passport provides a framework for block transfer of lower-division general education based on learning outcomes in nine areas:

  • Foundational Skills: oral Communication, written communication, and quantitative literacy
  • Knowledge of Concepts: natural sciences, human cultures, creative expression, human society, and the individual
  • Crosscutting Skills: critical thinking and teamwork/value systems 

Western's General Education program is aligned with the AAC&U Learning Outcomes.  Our Interstate Passport Block was designed with this in mind and ensures a streamlined transfer process that allows for a greater likelihood of a successful transfer experience and degree completion.  The learning outcomes adopted by the General Education Program describe what the university expects, in a broad sense, students to achieve by completing the General Education Program.

The Interstate Passport when complete meets all of our General Education Program requirements.

Passport Block

WOU General Education Requirement

Credits

Quantitative Literacy

Mathematics + FYS Quantitative-focused

8-12 

Written Communication

Writing + FYS Writing-focused

8-12

Oral Communication*


 

Communication and Language

*courses that meet the passport oral communication learning outcomes

3-4

Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking + Health Promotion

7-8

Creative Expression

Literary and Aesthetic Perspectives

6-8

Natural Science**

Scientific Perspectives

**one life science and one physical science

6-8

Human Society & the Individual

Social, Historic, & Civic Perspectives

6-8

Human Cultures + Teamwork & Value Systems***




 

Citizenship, Social Responsibility, and Global Awareness +

Science, Technology and Society
***at least one course should have collaborative learning as its high impact practice

6-8

 

Total

50-68

 

The Interstate Passport was developed by the faculty and is reviewed periodically to ensure its alignment to our General Education Program. 

Western Oregon University operates on the quarter system.

To complete the Oral Communication area, students must take one of the following courses:

Oral Communication
Courses in Oral Communication
RequiredOnline Option Available Course Prefix Course Number Course Title
A 100 Art Topics
ASL 101, 102, or 103 First Year ASL
ASL 201, 202, or 203 Second Year ASL
COM 100 Effective Communication
COM 111 Public Speaking
COM 112 Interpersonal Communication
COM 211 Introduction to Mass Communication
FR 101, 102, or 103 First Year French
FR 201, 202, or 203 Second Year French
FR 301 Third Year French
GL 101, 102, or 103 First Year German
GL 201, 202, or 203 Second Year German
GL 301 Third Year German
SPAN 101, 102, or 103 First Year Spanish
SPAN 201, 202, or 203 Second Year Spanish
SPAN 301 or 302 Third Year Spanish
SPAN 311 or 312 Spanish for Bilingual Teachers I and II
SPAN 317 or 318 Intermediate Spanish for Bilingual/Heritage Speakers I & II

To complete the Written Communication area, students must take WR 121, WR 122, and *FYS 107:

*FYS 107 will be waived for transfer students transferring in more than 30 credits. 

Note: WR 121 is a prerequisiste for WR 122.  Students may complete WR 121 by taking the course, taking the English Language and Composition Advanced Placement exam and scoring a 4, or by taking the challenge exam at Western.

Written Communication
Courses in Written Communication
RequiredOnline Option Available Course Prefix Course Number Course Title
WR 121 College Writing I
WR 122 College Writing II

First Year Seminar - Writing Focused
Courses in First Year Seminar - Writing Focused
RequiredOnline Option Available Course Prefix Course Number Course Title
FYS 107 First Year Seminar

To complete the Quantitative Literacy area, students must take one of the following courses and *FYS 207:

*FYS 207 will be waived for transfer students transferring in more than 30 credits. 

 

Quantitative Literacy
Courses in Quantitative Literacy
RequiredOnline Option Available Course Prefix Course Number Course Title
MTH 105 Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics
MTH 110 Applied College Mathematics
MTH 111 College Algebra
MTH 112 Elementary Functions
MTH 211 Foundations of Elementary Mathematics I
MTH 212 Foundations of Elementary Mathematics II
MTH 231 Elements of Discrete Mathematics I
MTH 243 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
MTH 251 Calculus I

First Year Seminar - Quantitative Focused
Courses in First Year Seminar - Quantitative Focused
RequiredOnline Option Available Course Prefix Course Number Course Title
FYS 207 First Year Seminar

To complete the Natural Sciences area, students must take one course from the Life Science list and one course from the Physcial Science list.  Each course listed below includes a lab section. 

Note: Western does not have seperate course numbers for lab sections.

Life Science
Courses in Life Science
RequiredOnline Option Available Course Prefix Course Number Course Title
BI 101 or 102 General Biology
BI 134 or 135 Introductory Anatomy and Physiology
BI 211, 212, or 213 Principles of Biology
CH 103 Allied Health Chemistry
CH 105 Consumer Chemistry
CH 106 Scientific Advances in Medicine

Physical Science
Courses in Physical Science
RequiredOnline Option Available Course Prefix Course Number Course Title
ANTH or CJ 322 Forensic Anthropology
CH 104 Chemistry & The Environment
CH 221, 222, or 223 General Chemistry
ES 104 Earth Science Systems I
ES 106 Earth Science Systems III
ES 201, 202, or 203 Principles of Geology
GEOG 105 Introductory Physical Geography
GEOG 240 Map and Photo Interpretation
PH 201, 202, or 203 General Physics

To complete the Human Cultures area, students must take one courses from either the Integrating Knowledge: Citizenship, Social Responsibility, and Global Awarness list or the Integrating Knowledge: Science, Technology, and Society list. 

 

  

Integrating Knowledge: Citizenship, Social Responsibility, and Global Awareness:
Courses in Integrating Knowledge: Citizenship, Social Responsibility, and Global Awareness:
RequiredOnline Option Available Course Prefix Course Number Course Title
ANTH 369 Visual Anthropology
ANTH 370 Women in Cross-Cultural Perspectives
ANTH 376 Cultures of South Asia
ANTH 386 Anthropology of Muslim Societies
ANTH 392 Applied Anthropology
ANTH 494 Northwest Indian Cultures
ANTH or CJ 372 Social Constructions of Race
BA 362 Business Ethics
CJ 267 Social Justice Research and Writing
COM 325 Intercultural Communication
COM 416 Communication and Politics
D 170 World Dance - Salsa
D 171 World Dance - Hula
D 172 World Dance - African
D 177 Beginning Hip Hop
D 251 Introduction to Dance
ED 420 Global Perspectives in Early Childhood Education
ED 481 Introduction to ESOL and Bilingual Education
EXS 410 Sports Ethics
GEOG 327 Popular Culture in Global Perspective
GEOG 330 Geography and Social Justice
GEOG 380 Environmental Conservation
GEOG 410 Global Issues
GERO 340 Vulnerabilities in Older Adulthood
GERO 420 Global Aging
HE 366 Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
HE 367 Human Sexuality
HST 404 or 405 Gender Issues in History
HST 412 Yugoslavia
HST 414 British History to 1300
HST 423 Germany 1914-1945
HST 426 Modern France
HST 436 Modern Paris
HST 442 American and the Middle East
HST 444 Colonial North Africa
HST 447, 448, or 449 Middle Ages
HST 459 Medieval Saints and Sinners
HST 495 Arab World in Translation
LIT 380 The Bible as Literature
LIT 381 African Literature
PS 355 Civic Literacy and Engagement
PS 414 Political Parties, Pressure Groups, and Elections
PS 433 Health Care Politics and Policy
PS 442 Peacebuilding and Public Policy
PS 443 Great Peacemakers
PS 478 Political Fiction and Film
PS 492 Political Ideologies
PSY 310 Building Resilience in Children
WR 304 Grant and Proposal Writing
WR 412 Writing Center Internship

Integrating Knowledge: Science, Technology, and Society
Courses in Integrating Knowledge: Science, Technology, and Society
RequiredOnline Option Available Course Prefix Course Number Course Title
ANTH 396 Environmental Anthropology
ANTH 494 Northwest Native Nations
BI 370 Humans and the Environment
BI 441 Human Heredity
CH 345 Introduction to Toxicology
COM 430 Social Media and Culture
CS 340 Ethics and Information Management
CS 422 Demystifying Computer Science
ED 466 Technology in Inclusive Early Childhood Environments
ES 324 Living with Earthquakes and Volcanoes
ES 420 Medical Geology
GEOG 431 Environmental Justice
GEOG 480 Nature and the American West
GS 325 Science Inquiry and Design
HST 460 The Black Death
HST 484 Health, Medicine and Gender in Historical Perspective
HST 496 Empire and Environment
LIT 382 Cultural Trauma and Memory
PHL 252 Medical Ethics
PHL 255 Environmental Ethics
PS 447 Environmental Politics and Public Policy
WR 401 Writing Across Media

To complete the Critical Thinking area, students must take either HE 257 or GERO 200 and one of the following courses:

 

 

Critical Thinking
Courses in Critical Thinking
RequiredOnline Option Available Course Prefix Course Number Course Title
CS 122 Introduction to Computer Science for Non-majors
CS 160 Survey of Computer Science
EC 200 Introduction to Economic Perspectives
ES 105 Discoveries in Earth Science
GERO 200 The Aging Self
HE 257 Health Promotion
LING 209 Introduction to Language Study
LING 214 Linguistic and Education
LING 310 Introduction to Linguistics
LIT 110 Critical Themes in Literature
PHL 100 Critical Thinking: Informal Logic
PHL 103 Introduction to Logic

To complete the Creative Expression area, students must take two of the following courses:

Note: students must take at least three ensemble courses to fulfill one creative expression course.

 

Creative Expression
Courses in Creative Expression
RequiredOnline Option Available Course Prefix Course Number Course Title
A 116 Beginning Design
A 130 Beginning Drawing
A 204, 205, or 206 Art History
D 101, 102, 103, or 104 Exploring Dance Technique and Performance
D 255 Introduction to Dance
ED 230 Children's Literature
ED 235 Literature for the Young Child
ED 240 Young Adult Literature in Diverse Classrooms
FR 110 Introduction to French Literature
GEOG 207 Geography and Film
GL 110 Introduction to German Literature
LIT 101 Topics in Literature
LIT 102 Literary Genres
LIT 201 or 202 Western Literature
MUEN 101, 102, 103, 111, 112, 113, 120, or 121 Ensemble Courses
MUEN 141, 143, 151, 161, 162, or 163 Ensemble Courses
MUEN 170, 171, 172, 201, or 202 Ensemble Courses
MUS 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, or 107 Music Topics
MUS 111 Beginning Musicianship
MUS 181 Voice
PHL 282 Philosophy of Art
SPAN 110 Introduction to Spanish Literature
SPAN 210 Topics in Hispanic Film
SPAN 240 Greater Mexico Arts and Culture
TA 110 Introduction to Theatre Arts
TA 112 Introduction to Film
TA 251 Elements of Acting
TA 252 Technical Theatre Makeup
TA 260 Basic Movement and Voice Development
TA 343 Costume Design
WR 260 Creative Fiction Writing
WR 301 Integrating Writing and Design


TEAMWORK AND VALUE SYSTEMS

To complete the Human Cultures area, students must take one courses from either the Integrating Knowledge: Citizenship, Social Responsibility, and Global Awarness list or the Integrating Knowledge: Science, Technology, and Society list. 

Integrating Knowledge: Citizenship, Social Responsibility, and Global Awareness:
Courses in Integrating Knowledge: Citizenship, Social Responsibility, and Global Awareness:
RequiredOnline Option Available Course Prefix Course Number Course Title
ANTH 380 Africa
ANTH 392 Applied Anthropology
D 170 World Dance - Salsa
D 171 World Dance - Hula
D 172 World Dance - African
ED 481 Introduction to ESOL and Bilingual Education
GEOG 330 Geography and Social Justice
GEOG 380 Environmental Conservation
GERO 420 Global Aging
HST 426 Modern France
HST 436 Modern Paris
HST 444 Colonial North Africa
PS 414 Political Parties, Pressure Groups, and Elections
PS 433 Health Care Politics and Policy

Integrating Knowledge: Science, Technology, and Society
Courses in Integrating Knowledge: Science, Technology, and Society
RequiredOnline Option Available Course Prefix Course Number Course Title
BI 370 Humans and the Environment
BI 441 Human Heredity
ES 324 Living with Earthquakes and Volcanoes
GEOG 331 Environmental Justice
HST 496 Empire and Environment

To complete the Human Society and the Individual area, students must take two of the following:

Human Society and the Individual ONLY
Courses in Human Society and the Individual ONLY
RequiredOnline Option Available Course Prefix Course Number Course Title
ANTH 213 Language and Culture
ANTH 214 Physical Anthropology
ANTH 215 Archeology
ANTH 216 Cultural Anthropology
ASL 205 Introduction to ASL Studies
CJ 213 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJ 219 Ethics and Leadership in Criminal Justice
CJ 220 Introduction to Homeland Security
D 252 Latin Dances Around the World
D 253 Dances that Changed the World
EC 201 Introduction to Microeconomics
EC 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics
ED 200 Foundations of Education
ED 232 Early Childhood Health and Safety
ED 250 Inclusive Early Childhood Practice
GEOG 106 Introductory Economic Geography
GEOG 107 Introductory Cultural Geography
GERO 320 Introduction to Gerontology
HST 104, 105, or 106 World History
HST 201, 202, or 203 History of the United States
LIT 103 Literature and Society
PHL 101 or 102 Introduction to Philosophy
PHL 251 Ethics
PHL 283 Philosophy of Religion
PS 193 Introduction to Model United Nations
PS 201 American National Government
PS 202 State and Local Government
PS 203 International Relations
PS 204 Governments of the World
PSY 201 or 202 General Psychology
R 201, 202, or 204 Introduction to World Religions
SOC 223 Introduction to Sociology: Theory
SOC 225 Social Problems
SPAN 245 Translanguaging
WR 300 Technical and Workplace Writing


Program Highlights


Western offers a variety of majors, including ASL Studies, ASL/English Interpreting, Biology, Business, Community Health, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Education majors with Licensure, Exercise Science, Gerontology, Interdisciplinary Studies, International Studies, and Psychology. Western also offers Bachelor of Applied Science degrees in Computer Science, Early Childhood Studies, Economics, Gerontology, Information Systems, Liberal Studies, and Psychology. These are available for students who have completed a terminal AAS degree and want to complete a Bachelor's degree. The WOU: Salem campus offers flexible course delivery options geared toward degree completion and working adults.


Contact Info

Institutional Liaison: Kristin Mauro
Contact for Students: Kristin Mauro




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