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College of Arts and Sciences


Welcome to Arts and Sciences

We are the academic and research heart of the University, serving students across the institution and advancing understanding in the arts, humanities, natural and physical sciences, and the social sciences. We are united by the spirit of inquiry, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence, and strengthened by service to the community.

Daryll DeWald, CAS dean
Daryll DeWald, CAS dean

From the cellular view in zoology to the worldwide lens of art history, the College of Arts and Sciences encompasses a wide array of educational, creative, scholarly, and research activity. Through core academic classes and our diverse degree programs, we guide WSU undergraduate students as they develop critical thinking skills, participate in hands-on learning experiences, and acquire life skills that will help them achieve success both in their careers and in their communities.

Our graduate students are part of the next generation of innovators in education, business, research, and government. Rigorous and intensive training enhances their disciplinary expertise and prepares them to take on leadership roles across the state and around the world.

The faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences are expert practitioners who have a passion for excellence and education. The depth of their scholarly and educational activities is astonishing: professional society fellows, international cultural experts, presidential appointees, cutting-edge scientists, Fulbright scholars, award-winning authors—the list goes on and on. They are the reason WSU students receive high-quality instruction and mentoring.

Our staff in the College of Arts and Sciences is exceptional as well. Their dedication to our students is matched only by their dedication to facilitating smooth operations across four campuses.

Explore the college website to learn more about CAS opportunities–visit our academic units, learn more about the scholarly activities and research underway across the campus, discover the many ways to get involved. Better yet, come to Pullman for a campus visit, and we’ll show you the world-class opportunities available in this “paradise called the Palouse.”

Daryll B. DeWald
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

By the Numbers

The College of Arts and Sciences encompasses:

  • 4 schools
  • 12 departments
  • 3 programs
  • 16 centers, institutes, and museums

— We offer more than two dozen undergraduate degrees (with more than 70 specialization options) and more than 40 graduate degrees.

— The college provides more than 50% of the educational instruction for the five-campus WSU system.

— Our research, scholarly, and creative enterprise includes more than 550 faculty.

— Our five-year annual research expenditures exceed $26 million.