Weekend Colleges at EOU


Weekend College (WEC) courses are regularly offered at EOU. The credit value of the courses may vary, but most are 2 or 3 credits. WEC’s usually meet for one weekend on Friday evening and all day Saturday (Sunday, too, if it’s a 3 credit course), with additional pre- or post-coursework delivered through Canvas. Many disciplines offer these courses, and most courses may be used for major requirements and/or General Education graduation requirements. Contact your academic advisor with any questions about how these WEC’s might work best for you. Go to Mountie Hub for all individual WEC course details and to register!

General Education Abbreviations:
AEH – Aesthetics and Humanities
APC – Artistic Process and Creation
SMI – Natural, Mathematical & Informational Sciences
SSC – Social Sciences
GTW – Gateway


Fall 2022

APEL 390 – Portfolio Development – 38232 – 102

This class offers instruction on the preparation of a learning essay packet designed to demonstrate the knowledge a student had acquired through work experience and other formal or informal learning. APEL involves the documentation of learning experiences which were not under a college’s sponsorship, but are deemed equivalent to college-level learning; i.e., on-the-job experience, community service, personal study, travel or training sponsored by an agency other than a college.

Location: Chemeketa Community College 4000 Lancaster Dr NE, Salem, OR 97305 in Building 8, Room 110
Credits: 4
Date & Time: November 4 (9am-5pm), November 5 (9am-5pm)
Instructor: Terry Walters
Pre-Req: None


ENGL 210 – Eastern Oregon Film Festival – 38883 – 101

Designed to explore the process of storytelling through film. Students will be introduced to elements utilized in storytelling such as writing, directing, designing, acting, and editing. Students enrolled in this course will be required to attend and experience multiple events (films, music, Q&As, readings and/or volunteerism) of their choosing at the Eastern Oregon Film Festival (EOFF). Students must attend EOFF events and a class meeting between 4:45 PM Oct. 20 and 10 PM Oct. 22. Absence from other Friday classes can be treated as any other approved EOU activity. There are no required books, but students must purchase an All-Access Festival Pass ($95; https://www.eofilmfest.com/) and must participate in at least 20 hours of content associated with EOFF, some or all of which will need to be in person (this is essentially a La Grande-based weekend college).

Location: La Grande
Credits: 2
Date & Time: October 20 (5-10pm), October 21 (8am-10pm), October 22 (8am-10pm)
Instructor: Nancy Knowles
Pre-Req: WR121


ENGL 410 – Eastern Oregon Film Festival – 38884 – 101

Designed to explore the process of storytelling through film. Students will be introduced to elements utilized in storytelling such as writing, directing, designing, acting, and editing. Students enrolled in this course will be required to attend and experience multiple events (films, music, Q&As, readings and/or volunteerism) of their choosing at the Eastern Oregon Film Festival (EOFF). Students must attend EOFF events and a class meeting between 4:45 PM Oct. 20 and 10 PM Oct. 22. Absence from other Friday classes can be treated as any other approved EOU activity. There are no required books, but students must purchase an All-Access Festival Pass ($95; https://www.eofilmfest.com/) and must participate in at least 20 hours of content associated with EOFF, some or all of which will need to be in person (this is essentially a La Grande-based weekend college).

Location: La Grande
Credits: 2
Date & Time: October 20 (5pm-10pm), October 21 (8am-10pm), October 22 (8am-10pm)
Instructor: Nancy Knowles
Pre-Req: Prerequisites: WR 121, one 100-level ENGL course, and junior standing or consent of instructor.


SOC 371 – Technology & Society*SSC – 38821 – 101

This course is designed to help students think about technology. Most of us are users of technology, but few have reflected on it sufficiently to examine it critically, its effects on our lives, our work, our environment, our consumption patterns, even our thought processes. Yet it affects every facet of our lives, and also affects the lives of people across the globe through a chain of production, consumption, and disposal. The class will focus on technology and history, culture, environment, scale, systems, change, and the future, with special emphasis on the ‘smart phone’.

Location: EOU Clackamas @ Clackamas Community College – Harmony Campus, 7738 SE Harmony Road., Milwaukie, OR 97222
Credits: 2
Date & Time: October 21 (7pm-10pm), October 22 (9am-5pm)
Instructor: William Grigsby
Pre-Req:  None

POLS 318 – The American Dream  – 38891- 101

“Americans and those from other countries have historically sought pursuit of The American Dream of success, fame and fortune via hard work, industriousness and thrift. However, the recent global economic downturn has raised the specter The American Dream is no longer achievable for the majority of global citizens. Moreover, the underlying premises of The American Dream have come into question. This course will examine the historical basis, ethos, myth and reality of this elusive concept. In particular, the course evaluates four central foci of The American Dream: (1) Immigration; (2) The pursuit of wealth, (3) fame and fortune, and (4) home ownership.
Three primary questions will dominate the content of the course which I would like you to continually contemplate: (1) What is the historical basis and conceptual parameters of The American Dream? (2) What do you consider to be the quintessential examples of individuals achieving The American Dream? And (3) Is the American Dream still attainable?”

Location: EOU Central Oregon @ Central Oregon Community College – Cascades Hall, 2600 NW College Way, Bend, OR 97703
Credits: 2
Date & Time: November 4 (7pm-10pm), November 5 (9am-5pm)
Instructor: Daniel Costie
Pre-Req:  None

HIST 310 – Rural History Class  – 38895- 102

This class introduces students to the cultural, economic, and political history of the rural United States. Focusing primarily on the nineteenth century, we will explore how the meanings and even definitions of rural America have changed over time and how people’s diverse experiences of living in rural places have reflected both ‘traditional’ and ‘modern’ values. There is a required onsite field trip component to the course. Students and faculty will follow appropriate Covid guidelines during field experiences.

Location: La Grande; Ack 210
Credits: 2
Date & Time: October 14 (5pm-8pm), October 15 (8am-5pm)
Instructor: Rebecca Hartman
Pre-Req:  None


Winter 2023

POLS 310 – Oregon Politics – 68833 – 101

This Weekend College class, to be held at the Oregon State Capital in Salem, provides students with an overview of the legislative process and underlying politics in Oregon. The course, team-taught with Senator Bill Hansell (R-District 29, Athena), will examine the processes and procedures, along with the political culture, of the Oregon legislative process

Location: Salem
Credits: 2
Date & Time: TBD
Instructor: Jeffrey L Dense
Pre-Req: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.


APEL 390 – Portfolio Development – 68014 – 101

This class offers instruction on the preparation of a learning essay packet designed to demonstrate the knowledge a student had acquired through work experience and other formal or informal learning. APEL involves the documentation of learning experiences which were not under a college’s sponsorship, but are deemed equivalent to college-level learning; i.e., on-the-job experience, community service, personal study, travel or training sponsored by an agency other than a college.

Location: Chemeketa Community College 4000 Lancaster Dr NE, Salem, OR 97305 in Building 8, Room 117
Credits: 4
Date & Time: February 10 (9am-5pm), February 11 (9am-5pm)
Instructor: Terry Walters
Pre-Req: None


Spring 2023

APEL 390 – Portfolio Development – 97013 – 02

This class offers instruction on the preparation of a learning essay packet designed to demonstrate the knowledge a student has acquired through work experience and other formal or informal learning. APEL involves the documentation of learning experiences which were not under a college’s sponsorship, but are deemed equivalent to college-level learning; i.e., on-the-job experience, community service, personal study, travel or training sponsored by an agency other than a college.

Location: Chemeketa Community College 4000 Lancaster Dr NE, Salem, OR 97305 in Building 8, Room 117
Credits: 4
Date & Time: May 5 (9am-5pm), May 6 (9am-5pm)
Instructor: Terry Walters
Pre-Req: None


SOC 310 – Sociology of Non-Profits – 97755 – 01

Discussion-based courses on selected topics of sociological interest.

Location: EOU Clackamas @ Clackamas Community College – Harmony Campus, 7738 SE Harmony Road., Milwaukie, OR 97222
Credits: 2
Date & Time: May 19 (7pm-10pm), May 20 (9am-5pm)
Instructor: Matthew Gougherty
Pre-Req: None


SOC 344 – Selling The News*SSC – 97814 – 101

Examines the commercial and alternative news media, how bias and distortion in news are expressed and how they affect content. The object of this course is to provide students with a framework for understanding commercial news media and their effect on political processes and public opinion

Location: EOU Central Oregon @ Central Oregon Community College – Cascades Hall, 2600 NW College Way, Bend, OR 97703
Credits: 2
Date & Time: April 28 (7pm-10pm), April 29 (9am-5pm)
Instructor: Grigsby William
Pre-Req: None, SOC 205 recommended.


POLS 310 – Budgetary Politics in Oregon – 97807 – 102

This Weekend College format class, to be held at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, provides students with a focused overview of the relationship between the legislative process and budgetary politics in Oregon. The course, team-taught with Senator Bill Hansell (R-District 29, Athena), will examine the processes and procedures, along with the political culture, underlying the budgetary implications of the Oregon legislative process.

Location: Salem
Credits: 2
Date & Time: TBD
Instructor: Jeff Dense
Pre-Req: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.


SPAN 231/331 – OPE: Spanish Language Immersion – 97417 – 101

This course provides students the opportunity to engage in communicative based activities, in a relaxed environment, geared specifically for improving their oral & aural proficiency and to prepare them for the Oral Proficiency Exam which is modeled after the proficiency guidelines developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

Location: In Person, EOU Main Campus (La Grande) Campus | Ackerman School
Credits: 1
Date & Time: April 3 – June 16 (9am-5pm), April 3 – June 16 (4pm-9pm)
Instructor: Jill Gibian
Pre-Req: SPAN 209 or equivalent experience, May be taken concurrently with SPAN 209.


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