Mission Statement & Strategic Plan

CHSS Vision 

As an integral part of the liberal arts and sciences mission at Western Washington University, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences promotes collaborative learning, critical inquiry into diverse human experiences, and excellence in scholarly and creative activity. 


CHSS Mission 

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences contributes to the mission of the university by producing knowledge and by engaging students in distinctive, diverse programs that develop their capacities as citizens and as creators and collaborators in the workplace and their communities. Emerging from a vibrant liberal arts and sciences core, CHSS is a key pillar supporting the cultural and intellectual life of the university via collaborative learning environments that foster individual, social, cultural, creative, and scientific exploration. Students, faculty, and staff participate in research, creative activity, service, and community engagement to promote learning that contributes to equitable, just, and sustainable communities. Members of the CHSS community critically examine their world and themselves, embrace diverse perspectives, and devise innovative solutions to critical societal concerns. We consider the ethical implications of our actions and communicate effectively and responsibly in our professional and public lives.   

G-1) Promote intellectual exploration and enable students to pursue a transformative education by offering a wide array of learning experiences in the humanities and social sciences. 

  • Foster the development of multi-disciplinary curricular and co-curricular opportunities both within the college and across the university. 

  • Secure stable funding to increase access to courses that are designed to engage non-majors in upper division work in the humanities and social sciences.  

  • Secure stable funding to maintain and increase access to courses and programs to better respond to students’ educational aspirations. 

  • Expand opportunities for students to enroll in courses that meet their intellectual, personal, and professional goals. 

G-2) Bolster the intellectual life and integrity of the college by assembling, supporting, and retaining a diverse and engaged community of faculty, staff, and students.  

  • Increase the number of ten