Skip to main content Skip to navigation
CAS in the Media Arts and Sciences Media Headlines

WSU’s online bachelor’s degree program earns high ranking

Washington State University has again ranked highly in a list of the best online bachelor’s degree programs in the country. In U.S. News & World Report’s ranking, WSU came in 15th among all bachelor’s programs in the U.S. Last year, it ranked 34th.

Four of the six most popular majors for WSU online students are in the College of Arts and Sciences: social sciences, psychology, criminal justice, and political science. Last fall, more than 2,000 undergraduate students, and nearly 1,000 graduate students, were enrolled.

The university plans to add three online degrees this summer, including a bachelor of science degree in data analytics with specializations offered through CAS.

Find out more

Seattle Times

Moscow-Pullman Daily News

WSU News

Why blackface and making fun of a minority is not okay (in case you really needed some explaining)

So what’s wrong with putting on blackface and mocking an ethnic minority’s food, you might ask?

David Leonard

David Leonard from WSU’s Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies explains, “Blackface is never a neutral form of entertainment, but an incredibly loaded site for the production of damaging stereotypes… the same stereotypes that undergird individual and state violence, American racism, and a century’s worth of injustice.”

Find out more


Team names under fire

Richard King

The Cleveland Indians is just one of many sports teams with controversial names.

Richard King, WSU professor of critical culture, gender, and race studies, commented on the issue, which is a focus of his ongoing research. “It’s something that most people haven’t thought about,” he said.

Watch the broadcast and find out more

The National

Racial healing begins when blacks, whites talk to each other

David Leonard
David Leonard

“Whites rarely have the opportunity to . . . be held accountable for privilege, and to have important conversations,” David J. Leonard, professor of critical culture, gender, and race studies at WSU, told the website Take Part after the survey by the Public Religion Research Institute came out. “Lacking the language to talk about race and to engage cross-racially will impact white people’s ability and willingness to develop these friendships.”

The latest police shooting of black men and the sniper slayings of police mark a watershed moment to launch such dialogues.

Find out more

‘Basketball IQ’ and the racial coding of the word

Examining the ambiguous yet ubiquitous term

David LeonardBy David Leonard, professor and chair, Dept. of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies

In our era of analytics, statistics provide a new window into the game.

We have statistics for just about everything: player efficiency ratings, Expected Possession Value-Added, win shares, usage rates … but basketball IQ?

In a moment where numbers supposedly never lie and the beauty of the game can be boiled down to a formula, the emphasis on basketball IQ is of little surprise.

If only there was a test for basketball IQ…. » More …