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Global Campus: 30 years of opportunity

A student works on a computer outside.In 1992, Washington State University extended its land-grant mission by launching one of the nation’s first opportunities for students to pursue a degree from anywhere on the globe through distance delivery.

Today, our Global Campus is the second largest campus by enrollment in the WSU system with more than 4,000 students enrolled in one of 21 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate programs, or more than » More …

Q&A on gender equality

Closeup of women putting their fists together in a circle.August 26 has been observed as Women’s Equality Day in the United States for nearly 50 years, but equality is still a distant goal, says Amy Mazur, the Johnson Distinguished Professor in political science at WSU Pullman and a global expert on gender equality who has consulted with the World Bank, the European Union, and most recently, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). » More …

Launching WSU Climate Initiative teams

A hazy, reddish, city skyline.Eight Arts & Sciences faculty representing four distinct areas are members of the new interdisciplinary research teams formed during the 2022 Washington State University Climate Hackathon.

During the two-day event last spring, participants defined the scope of climate change-related challenges, shared expertise in » More …

Assessing local impact of Roe v. Wade ruling

United States Supreme Court Building.The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade puts abortion policy in the hands of state lawmakers whose election campaigns traditionally receive less attention from voters than federal offices such as U.S. Congress or the White House.

WSU political scientists believe general voter awareness of state legislative races now could push public interest into uncharted territory. » More …

Sparking discussion with music

three guitar players in the desertIn his Politics of Developing Nations summer course (Pol_S 400), Richard Elgar begins each class with a pop music song whose lyrics apply to the lesson’s subject matter.

“The Clash appears quite a lot, like ‘Rock the Casbah’ when we look at the Middle East,” said Elgar. “Also songs like ‘Zombie’ by the Cranberries when we consider conflict, or ‘Bangla Desh’ by » More …

Political science major committed to campus food security

Jelani Christopher.Jelani Christopher (’22 Poli. Sci.) has always been interested in how  government can help create a better society. During his time at WSU, he put his passion into practice as an ASWSU senator and played a key role in establishing the Cougar Food Pantry on the Pullman campus.

“It was a great experience being able to leave something behind that will help students in the future,” Christopher said. In addition to serving on the » More …

Graduating seniors in the WSU Top Ten

Cameron Barton, Michaela Bayerlova, Aydan Garland-Miner, Annie Lu, Jocelyn Granados Mejia, and Cristina Navarro.Six College of Arts and Science students are among the WSU Top Ten Seniors for 2022: Cameron Barton, Michaela Bayerlova, Aydan Garland-Miner, Annie Lu, Jocelyn Granados Mejia, and Cristina Navarro.

Learn more about them and their plans for the future. » More …

Honors for commitment to community

Presidents Award for LeadershipTwenty College of Arts and Sciences students from 12 disciplines on three campuses, along with two CAS faculty members, were honored this spring for their outstanding commitment to the University and their communities.

Established in 1996, the WSU President’s Awards for Leadership are bestowed » More …

Alumnus establishes lecture series

The Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public ServiceA one-time political foe of the late Tom Foley is helping enhance efforts at WSU to promote their shared commitment to public service and productive discourse.

Former U.S. Congressman George R. Nethercutt Jr., a Spokane Republican who in 1994 famously defeated Foley, a Democrat and speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, has joined » More …