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College of Arts and Sciences


Research, creativity, and scholarship are broad concepts interwoven in all we do in the College of Arts and Sciences. Our artists study new media and develop new techniques, our chemists draw upon scholarly works to create innovative research protocols, our anthropologists design exhibits to share discoveries, and on it goes through each discipline. 

Highlights Include:

Bringing New Music to Life

Pianists Karen and Jeffrey Savage, known professionally as 88SQUARED, have played both the four-hand form (at one instrument) and the two-piano form for more than two decades. Leveraging funding from a research seed grant, the couple gathered additional support to commission a new work by one of the world’s foremost modern composers, Lowell Liebermann, and to fund a recording of his collected two-piano works.

Expanding Digital Horizons

The Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation, a collaboration between the College of Arts and Sciences and WSU Libraries, provides digitization resources and guidance for a variety of academic and public/private projects. The center also supports Mukurtu, a unique digital online platform for the curation, management, and preservation of cultural heritage for Native American, Aboriginal, and other indigenous communities.

Augmented Reality for the Real World

Working in partnership with a local nonprofit organization, WSU Creative Media and Digital Culture students are developing an augmented reality app to tell the story of a historic local boarding school and orphanage.

STEAM for Washington, D.C.

WSU faculty in psychology, art, and biological sciences team up with regional educator for a “Brains + Art” briefings with Congress and the White House.

The Art of Writing about Science

An innovative Professional Science Writing certificate, developed by the Department of English and delivered both on campus and online, provides focused training to help students or professionals effectively write about science and technology.

Community and Conservation

The interconnectedness of communities and the way people form a sense of place are central themes in Confluences, an ongoing, lens-based project by Dennis DeHart, assistant professor of fine art at WSU Pullman. Through landscapes, portraiture, video, and archival images, DeHart’s multimedia project explores a large portion of the Columbia River Basin, in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming, and Western Canada.

Creating Tools for Success

From projectiles for shock physics’ single-shot high-pressure experiments and aluminum for the sculptors in fine arts, to chemistry’s ion-mobility spectrometers and leaf sample punches for biological sciences, expert machinists in Tech Services help design and build critical research components, assemblies, and instruments to meet the needs of WSU investigators.



Faculty Interests

Visit our academic unit websites for more information about faculty research, scholarship, and creative interests.