Why choose Western Ohio University?

Because getting an excellent, low cost, distance learning education is as easy as a few steps at WOU.

 

First, Pick The Degree and Major You Wish to Pursue
If you do not have a high school diploma or GED then you can enroll in our high school diploma program.  If you do have a high school diploma or GED and have never been to college before or if you already have an associates degree then you can choose an Associates, Bachelor or combined Bachelor/Masters program at WOU.  If you already have a Bachelor's, Master's or Doctoral degree then you can choose from any of our offered programs.  A full list of majors is on the tuition and majors page.
Second, Apply to WOU
Simply go to our application page, fill out the application and submit.  We will give you a response on your admission status within 5 days.
Third, Pay Your Tuition
You can pay your tuition using Visa, Master Card, Paypal or money order.  Tuition is due at the time of enrollment. All tuition must be paid before you can graduate.  You will also not be allowed to request transcripts until full tuition is paid. 
Fourth, Receive Your Course Materials and Begin Working
Once tuition is paid you will be emailed your major completion sheet.  It will tell you a what books to purchase, references you can use, what books will be covered on each test and what course credit you will receive for completing each test.  It will also tell you how to request that a test be sent to you, how to take each test, how to submit it for grading and how to receive your grades.  Click Here to view a sample major course sheet.  
Last, When All Tests Are Passed
When all tests are successfully passed you should email student services and ask for a graduation request form.  Graduation requests are processed within 7 days of submission and you are notified by email when your degree is conferred. A diploma and final transcript will be mailed to you when the degree is conferred. 
Residency Requirements 
Western Ohio University does not require on-campus residence or formal classroom attendance. Students may complete all course work, examinations, reading, research and writing requirements through independent study.  We have students throughout the United States and in many foreign countries. 
Open Enrollment Policy
WOU utilizes an open enrollment policy which allows students to work at their own pace without the stringent guidelines presented by the traditional academic year. Students may graduate at any time throughout the year provided all academic and financial obligations have been satisfied. 
Non-Discrimination Policy
Admission to WOU is open to all persons who meet the admission requirements and qualifications of the University. In all programs or operations of the University, no distinction is made between persons on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, age, disability, national origin, marital or veterans' status.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAMPLE MAJOR COMPLETION SHEET

BACHELOR OF ARTS-POLITICAL SCIENCE

 

Required Books: These books are required for courses in your major. 

  • "An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963" by Dallek  ISBN:0316172383

  • "Political Science: An Introduction"  by Roskin, Jones, Cord, etc...  ISBN:0130991341

  • "The Communist Manifesto" by Marx, Engles ISBN:0451527100

  • "Guide to Methods for Students of Political Science" by Van Evera ISBN: 080148457X

  • "The Constitution of the United States of America" ISBN:1557091056

  • "The Federalist Papers" by Hamilton, Madison, Jay ISBN: 0451628810

  • "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" by Shirer ISBN:1567311636

  • "The Military Revolution in Sixteenth-Century Europe" by Eltis ISBN:0760707650

  • "48 Laws of Power" by Green, Elffers ISBN: 0140280197

  • "The Rage and the Pride" by Fallaci ISBN: 0847825043

  • "A New Handbook of Political Science" by Goodin, Kingermann ISBN: 0198294719

  • "Veto Players: How Political Institutions Work" by Tsebelis ISBN: 0691099898

  • "Power of Institutions: Political Architecture and Governance" by Macintyre ISBN: 0801487994

  • "Federalism, Democratization and the Rule of Law in Russia" by Kahn ISBN: 0199246998

  • "First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers" by Ung ISBN: 0060931388

Recommended Books: The following books are only required if you feel you need help in these areas.  If you do not then you do not need to read them.

  • "Basic Math and Pre-Algebra (Cliffs Quick Review)" by Bobrow ISBN 0764563742

  •  "Biology Coloring Workbook" by Alcamo ISBN 0679778845

  • "The Resourceful Writer: A Basic Writing Course" by Dees, Barnwell ISBN 039590420X

Recommended References:

Testing & Graduation Procedures:

  • When you have completed the books and/or materials required for each test and feel ready to take the test you can email student services (actual major sheet will have that email).  Simply tell them your name, student ID, major and test number you wish to take.  They will email you a test to download.   You will have 5 days from the date they email you the test to return it completed.  If you do not return it then you will receive an "F" for that test.  You may retake each test 3 times but your final transcript grades will have the number of times you took the test factored in.  (For example, you take test 1 twice.  You fail the first time but get a "B" the second.  Your final grade would be a "B-" because you failed your first try.)  Once your test is returned, it will be graded.  Your grade will be emailed to you within 7 days. You can also retake a test if you got a grade lower than you had wanted but, again, the number of times you take the test are factored in.   Tests must be completed in order.  You must pass test 1 before moving on to test 2.  Once a test is passed the courses associated with it will be posted to your transcript. 

  • When all tests are successfully passed: email student services and ask for a graduation request form.  Graduation requests are processed within 7 days of submission and you are notified by email when your degree is conferred. A diploma and final transcript will be mailed to you when the degree is conferred.

Test 1 Will Cover:


"Political Science: An Introduction"

"Guide to Methods for Students of Political Science"
"A New Handbook of Political Science"

"The Military Revolution in Sixteenth-Century Europe"

Basic mathematics questions will be added in for math credit.

Your answers will also be evaluated for composition credit so use your best English.

 

Test 2 Will Cover:

 

"Veto Players: How Political Institutions Work"
"Power of Institutions: Political Architecture and Governance"
"Federalism, Democratization and the Rule of Law in Russia"

Basic mathematics questions will be added in for math credit.

Some basic biology questions will be added for science credit.

Your answers will also be evaluated for composition credit so use your best English.

 

Test 3 Will Cover:

 

"An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963" 

"The Constitution of the United States of America"

"The Federalist Papers"

"48 Laws of Power"

 

Test 4 Will Cover:

 

"The Communist Manifesto"

"The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich"

"The Rage and the Pride"

"First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers"

 

Credit Will Be Given For The Following Courses (all are 3 credits unless noted):

 

After Passing Test 1:

PSC 1400 CURRENT ISSUES IN U.S. PUBLIC POLICY 
ENG 1110 COMPOSITION I  (5 credits)
PSC 2210 WOMEN IN POLITICS
MAT 1180 MATH FOR LIBERAL ARTS I (5 credits)
PSC 2300 PRINCIPLES OF STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
PSC 1710 CURRENT INTERNATIONAL PROBLEMS
PSC 2800 PRINCIPLES OF POLITICAL THEORY
PSC 4880 ISSUES IN POLITICAL THEORY

 

After Passing Test 2:

PSC 2620 COMPARATIVE POLITICS - CONTINENTAL EUROPE
ENG 1130 COMPOSITION II (5 credits)
PSC 2700 PRINCIPLES OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
MAT 1181 MATH FOR LIBERAL ARTS II (5 Credits)
BIO 2150 INTRO TO BIOLOGY (5 credits)
PSC 3210 POLITICAL PARTIES
PSC 3820 CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL IDEAS
PSC 4210 POLITICAL BEHAVIOR AND VOTING
PSC 4620 POLITICS OF RUSSIA AND FORMER SOVIET REPUBLICS

 

After Passing Test 3:

PSC 1200 AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT
COM 1000 USING THE INTERNET (5 Credits)
PSC 3510 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
PSC 3730 AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY
PSC 4280 U.S. CONGRESS
PSC 4530 CIVIL RIGHTS
PSC 4980 CURRENT TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
PSC 4990 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN POLITICAL SCIENCE (6 Credits)

 

After Passing Test 4:

PSC 2680 GOVERNMENTS OF ASIA
PSC 3260 GOVERNMENT AND THE ECONOMY
PSC 4670 GOVERNMENTS OF THE MIDDLE EAST
PSC 4610 COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT
PSC 4710 THEORIES OF INTERNATIONAL POLITICS
PSC 4740 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS - MIDDLE EAST
PSC 4900 SEMINAR IN ASIAN AFFAIRS
PSC 4730 THE UNITED NATIONS
ENG 2200 ASIAN LITERATURE (5 Credits)
COM 2000 COMPUTERS TODAY (5 Credits)

 

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