Coming Fall 2024...

Two New Departments!

Ethnic Studies

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Ethnic Studies is launching a new Department and Major in Fall 2024. The department builds on a history of student demands and institution building, calling for greater BIPOC representation on campus and in the curriculum.

The curriculum is organized around systems of power and oppression, advance liberation and emancipation, indigeneity and self-determining futures. Our faculty are experts in Black, Indigenous, Palestinian, and Latinx Studies, and will be offering both introductory Ethnic Studies core and advanced classes.

Many classes fulfill GUR requirements and make great electives in related fields including history, sociology, anthropology, political science, and English. Consider a major or minor that resonates with current struggles on and off-campus.

Women Gender & Sexuality Studies

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Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies (WGSS) pursues praxis and critical inquiry through feminist and queer scholarship by teaching and activism that makes sense of how gender impacts our world and shapes social, political, and cultural formations. 

WGSS is dedicated to teaching undergraduate majors and minors to use critical thinking to bridge feminist theories and social justice practice. The program foregrounds interdisciplinary analyses of feminism, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and queer studies in transnational and multicultural contexts. Majors and minors are prepared to pursue graduate school, law, social service, counseling, public policy, health care, teaching, social activism, and the arts.

Welcome from Dean Keith Russell

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CHSS at a Glance

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 2024 CHSS Presidential Scholars

Max Stone

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Humanities Division

Gabrielle Laipenieks

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Social Sciences Division