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We are proud to be the largest college at WWU with fourteen departments and three interdisciplinary programs, offering over 50 bachelor's degrees and 12 graduate degrees. Our faculty have a record of excellence in their scholarly activities, teaching, and service to the community, college, and university.


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Meet the 2023 CHSS Presidential Scholars

Petra Ellerby

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Lily Rayor

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Claude Atcho holding up a copy of his book

English Department Alum Claude Atcho (MA, 2011) publishes Reading Black Books: How African American Literature Can Make Our Faith More Whole and Just

Pastor, teacher and WWU alum Claude Atcho offers a theological approach to 10 seminal texts of 20th-century African American literature. Each chapter takes up a theological category for inquiry through a close literary reading and theological reflection on a primary literary text, from Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man and Richard Wright's Native Son to Zora Neale Hurston's Moses, Man of the Mountain and James Baldwin's Go Tell It on the Mountain