The new School of Languages, Cultures, and Race at WSU offers exciting opportunities in education, research, and outreach for both incoming and returning students. Centered around cultivating deep transdisciplinary understanding of linguistic, cultural, national, social, and racial perspectives in a global context, the school provides students with key knowledge, skills, and experience for success in an increasingly diverse and integrated global society.

Formed on July 1, 2018, the School of Languages, Cultures, and Race (SLCR) brings together students and faculty who are interested in an array of academic fields and areas of inquiry. It builds upon existing WSU strengths in comparative ethnic studies, humanities, social sciences, and foreign languages and cultures and provides additional benefits to students and faculty at all levels across the University.

Also new this year, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. The program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at WSU offers interdisciplinary courses in which students work together to explore the questions these movements pose and the ways that race, ethnicity, sexuality, social class, nationality, age, and ability intersect to shape understanding of gendered experience and injustice. WGSS offers a major in Women’s Studies, as well as minors in Women’s Studies and Queer Studies.

Last year WSU’s renowned Edward R. Murrow College of Communication made exciting changes in their curriculum that provide students with additional degree options and flexibility to now double major. Traditionally, Murrow students received a B.A. in Communication but will now receive one of three communication-related degrees:

  • Communication and Society
  • Journalism and Media Production
  • Strategic Communication

This change in degree programs will now allow Murrow students to double major in Murrow programs. The new majors added are Risk and Crisis CommunicationCommunication and Technology, and Science Communication.  WSU’s new minor, Sports Communication, teaches students about mass media and how to communicate in a global context within the sports industry. For additional information about these majors and minor, please view our catalog (pp. 118, 120-121).

Fermentation Science specialization track was added within the Food Science major in our College of Agriculture, Human & Natural Resource Sciences. These students will focus on fermentation as a type of food preservation. Popular fermented foods and beverages like cheese, pickles, and beer are studied in the fermentation specialization track.

WSU added seven new majors last year, and reinstated Forestry as a major. In recent years, Forestry was a minor, but WSU is excited to have the full Forestry curriculum return. Other new majors are Construction EngineeringData AnalyticsSoftware Engineering, and four foreign language majors for professionals. The foreign language additions will allow students to double major in a language along with any other major of their choice while still completing their major within the average time. For example, a student could major in International Business along with one of these majors for the professions and still obtain their bachelor’s degree in a reasonable timeframe. These majors are:  French for the ProfessionsGerman for the Professions, Japanese for the Professions, and Spanish for the Professions. For detailed descriptions about these additional majors for the professions, please view our catalog (pg. 222-223)

The Carson College of Business also added two new specialization tracks of Human Resource Management and Innovation & Change within the Management major last year, along with an Entrepreneurship minor. Entrepreneurship is now offered as both a major and a minor.

For more information about WSU’s over 200 areas of study, please visit our website.