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Top 10 Reasons WOU in Salem is Perfect for Working Adults!

Most traditional universities aren’t set up for working adults—classes are at sporadic times and usually during the day. WOU:Salem is different. The schedule, facility and classes all are designed to be accessible for those with a day job. Here are just 10 of the reasons WOU:Salem just might be right for you.


10. Set your own pace.

You decide which and how many courses to take each term.

9. Hybrid classes.

Meld the convenience of online classes with the intellectual interaction of in-person sessions.

8. Easy access to facility.

The WESD building in south Salem is easy to get to, with ample and free parking and two bus routes nearby.

7. Tuition assistance.

Many employers offer help paying for professional development education.

6. Convenient class times.

Evening courses don’t interfere with your work day.

5. Start applying skills immediately.

You don’t have to wait until you get your degree to start using the skills you gain the first night of class.

4. Affordable public university degree.

Get the four-degree you always wanted without paying private school tuition.

3. Instructors appreciate working adults.

Find your voice in class by applying your work and life experience to educational conversation.

2. Potential job mobility.

Is the lack of a bachelor’s or master’s degree holding you back from achieving your career goals? Now is the time to start working forward.

1. We respect the work you’ve done.

At WOU:Salem, we are ready to partner with you for your success. It doesn’t matter whether you have 10 college credits or 90, moving you down the path to success is our goal. We appreciate your experience, and we love that you are ready to make an educational change for the better. WOU is here to help because together we succeed.

Become a WOU student

To get the ball rolling, you’ll need to apply to Western Oregon University. Everything you need to know about the university and the application process can be found on our main Admissions page. If you are entirely new to college, follow the “freshman” links. If you have earned college credits already, follow the “transfer” links.

Winter 2020 course schedule

Enjoy the convenience of evening classes with no commute and a helpful hybrid format while working toward your WOU degree.

CRN 21920 ANTH 216 Cultural Anthropology 5:30-7:20 pm Wednesdays
CRN 21903 BA 315 Financial Management 7:00-8:20 pm Tuesdays
CRN 21456 BA 361 Organizational Behavior 5:30-6:50 pm Tuesdays
CRN 20649 CJ 421 Policy Analysis in CJ 7:30-9:20 pm Tuesdays
CRN 21909 CJ 457 Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change 5:30-7:20 pm Thursdays
CRN 21438 ED 231 Typical & Atypical Development 5:30-8:20 pm Thursdays
CRN 21933 HST 492 History of the Pacific Northwest 7:30-9:20 pm Thursdays
CRN 21943 LIT 101 Topics: Gothic & Horror 7:30-9:20 pm Thursdays
CRN 21966 OL 407 Seminar: Creative Problem Solving for the 21st Century 5:30-7:20 pm Thursdays
CRN 21907 OL 607 Seminar: Research for Martketing Decisions 7:30-9:20 pm Wednesdays
CRN 21914 PSY 202 Intro to Psych 5:30-7:20 pm Tuesdays
CRN 21915 PSY 445 Intro to Industrial/ Organizational Psychology 5:30-7:20 pm Tuesdays
CRN TBA SPED 623 Behavior Support 5:15-8:15 pm Wednesdays
CRN TBA SPED 628 Mathematics Remediation 5:15-8:15 pm Wednesdays
CRN TBA TA 110 Introduction to Theatre Arts 7:30-9:20 pm Wednesdays
CRN 21845 WR 122 College Writing II 7:30-9:20 pm Tuesdays
CRN 21396 WR 300 Techincal & Workplace Writing 5:30-7:20 pm Wednesdays

Starting Fall 2019

Classes in Salem will enable you to work toward:

Applied Baccalaureate (A.B.) in Liberal Studies

Start with an Associates of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree and complete your Bachelor’s degree through the upper-division, general education courses offered in Salem.

Psychology (B.A., B.S., or A.B.)

Take your major courses online and complete your non-major coursework in Salem.

Criminal Justice (B.A. or B.S.)

Take your major courses online and complete your non-major coursework in Salem.

Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (M.A.)

The Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership enables students to develop leadership skills that can be applied to a wide range of settings including: business, government, nonprofit, and education. Courses will be a mix of hybrid (1-day per week in class meetings) and fully online.