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Innovation and Invention

The College of Arts and Sciences at WSU Tri-Cities offers eight bachelor degrees in eleven majors. All the programs prepare students to enter the workforce or graduate and professional programs.

No matter what your major is, you’ll find innovation, academic quality, and opportunities for hands-on experiences. You’ll learn from professors who are nationally and internationally known for their expertise and transformational contributions to industry, science, business, government, and society.

More importantly, you’ll work with mentors and researchers who are committed to providing a broad knowledge of the world and cultures that will prepare you for a career.

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Degrees and Majors

Earning a degree in any of the majors in the College of Arts and Sciences will challenge your to think rationally, critically, and creatively for lifelong engagement in your human and natural worlds.

Faculty are committed to outreach that promotes the common good and that empowers local, state, national, and global communities.

Digital Technology & Culture, B.A.

Digital Technology & Culture

Digital technology and culture, an interdisciplinary degree program administered by the Department of English, combines studies in language and society, cognition and learning, design and visual communication, rhetoric, fine arts, and information science to prepare you for careers in a wide range of fields.

The major integrates humanities, social sciences, and technology in a critical and creative framework designed to meet your individual interests as well as the needs of contemporary audiences and employers.

You’ll work at the frontier of today’s technology, while learning the importance of technological history and preparing themselves to live in and understand a culture increasingly influenced by technology.

Earth and Environmental Science, B.S.

Major: Environmental and Ecosystem Sciences

Environmental science is the study of natural and modified environments and their interactions with biological (including human) systems. It is a multifaceted field that combines aspects of chemistry, biology, ecology, physics, statistics, and human behavior.

The environmental and ecosystem sciences major at WSU Tri-Cities provides a comprehensive understanding of environmental science in an ecological context.

The program emphasizes strong scientific knowledge and hands-on experience. You’ll learn to assess beneficial and disruptive impacts on ecological systems and get hands-on experience in the methods used to analyze these complex systems.

English, B.A.

Majors: Literary Studies, Rhetoric and Professional Writing

The English major provides a general liberal arts education emphasizing literature, critical thinking, and writing. Many courses provide direct experience and training in computer and other electronic tools and multi-media modes for research, writing, and publication.

The program of study is flexible and allows you to pursue electives, minors, and second majors in other departments, to focus on areas of special interest within the major, and to tailor your studies according to personal and professional interests.

History, B.A.

Major: History

History is the study of civilizations and events from a variety of perspectives. Studying history illuminates the human condition and develops historical understanding, enabling you to extend your experience, fortify your judgment, and develop a broad appreciation of your cultural heritage.

The study of history prepares you to understand the world in which you live, its historical development and inter-relatedness. It also helps you appreciate your place within the world. History majors learn to think broadly and historically, thereby gaining meaningful insights into human development over time.

Humanities, B.A.

Major: Humanities General Studies

Humanities courses introduce you to the record of human creativity and provide a basis for assessing its value and significance in human development. Your studies will allow you to learn about human culture through a variety of discipline, which improves your critical thinking and program solving skills.

The Humanities program is ideal if you want the flexibility to design your own program of study that will meet your academic and career goals.

Psychology, B.S.

Major: Psychology

The field of psychology is both science-driven and practice-oriented and our department offers hands-on experience in both areas.

If you are interested in exploring the scientific aspects of psychology, then you can work on ground-breaking research with faculty in diverse areas, including neuroscience, sensation and perception, memory and thinking, social relationships, mood disturbances, adult/child clinical disorders and health psychology. If you are interested in exploring the practice of psychology can become involved with both clinical practicum experiences and with peer teaching.

Science, B.S.

Majors: General Biological Sciences, General Mathematics, General Physical Sciences
Areas of Emphasis: Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Veterinary Medicine

The bachelor of science in Science is an interdisciplinary degree in science or mathematics and offers broader options in course selections than are possible within single departments.

This degree also allows for specialization for professional programs in the health sciences, as well as medical school.

First-year students who are interested in pharmacy can sign up for the Save-A-Seat program which will guarantee a seat in WSU’s Doctor of Pharmacy program.

Social Sciences, B.A.

Major: Social Sciences General Studies

This division of the General Studies Program is ideal for you if your primary interest is in social sciences. The program requires interdisciplinary programs and course selections, emphasizing the social, political, economic, and religious institutions of human society.

Social sciences courses introduce you to data used by various disciplines to test, explain, or create the concepts, theories, principles, and laws underlying those institutions. These courses may focus upon how social sciences use these constructs to evaluate issues and how such knowledge enhances the understanding of human behavior with society’s institutions.

Minors and Certificates

Minoring in a discipline outside your major field of study, allows you to focus elective credits to expand your perspective and increase your skills. A minor will make you stand out to potential employers because it demonstrates an eagerness to learn and emphasizes your willingness to go above and beyond minimum expectations.

Check with your academic advisor for information on how to certify in any of the minors or certificates available at WSU Tri-Cities.

Anthropology Minor

You may petition for the minor once you have completed 60 semester hours. A total of at least 18 semester hours in anthropology is required. A minimum grade of C- must be earned in each course contributing to the minor. Requirements include:

Three of the following courses:

  • ANTH 101 (or 198)—General Anthropology
  • ANTH 203—Peoples of the World
  • ANTH 230—Introduction to Archaeology
  • ANTH 260—Introduction to Physical Anthropology
Digital Technology & Culture Minor

You may certify in a DTC minor after the completion of 60 semester hours. A minimum of 18 semester hours of approved, upper-division is required for the minor from the following:

Required Courses (9 credits)

  • DTC/ENGL 355 Multimedia Authoring: Exploring the New Rhetorics
  • DTC/ENGL 375 Language, Texts and Technology
  • FA 331 Art, Science, and Technology

Choose three from the courses below (9 credits)

  •  ANTH 350 Speech, Thought & Culture
  • AMST/ENGL/DTC 475 Digital Diversity
  • DTC/ENGL 356 Electronic Research and the Rhetoric of Information
  • DTC/ENGL 477 Advanced Multimedia Authoring
  • DTC/ENG 478 Usability and Interface Design
  • ENGL 301 Writing & Rhetorical Conventions
  • ENGL 336 Composition and Design
  • ENGL 402 Technical & Professional Writing
  • ENGL 405 Advanced Professional Writing & Editing
  • FA 332 Introduction to Digital Media: Print & Web
  • FA 333 Introduction to Digital Media: Video & Sound
  • FA 363 Special Topics—Digital Media
  • FA 434 Time Based Media
  • SOC 373 Media, Culture & Society
  • SOC 430 Society and Technology
English Minor

To earn an English minor, students must complete a minimum of 18 hours in English courses (excluding 101 and 198), half of which must be 300/400-level. ENGL 302 Introduction to English Studies is required.

Global Leadership Certificate

The certificate of global leadership emphasizes leadership development, cross-cultural understanding, and global engagement. The University College and the Global Studies Program (part of the WSU Office of International programs) work together to offer this unique program.

Students in every major and from all colleges are welcome to participate in the Global Leadership Certificate program. You will work with your academic advisor directly with the Director of Global Learning to create a course plan tailored to your education goals and requirements.


  • 12 credits from more than 200 courses with local/global perspectives.
  • Experiential Learning (1 credit) This can be fulfilled through local/global immersion projects, education abroad, service learning, and on-campus, co-curricular activities such as the “Leadership Adventures” programming.
  • Integrative Capstone Project (1 credit) The capstone project will allow you the opportunity to consider a variety of questions and issues related to the manner in which local and global forces impact you personally and professionally.
Global Studies Minor

The global studies minor is flexible, designed to complement any major. You can include interests outside your major, add international perspective to what you’re already studying, focus on a region or culture, pursue topics with global implications — it’s up to you.

There are three general areas to choose from – language and civilization, global communities, technology and global society – and each area includes modules that let you home in on what interests you the most.

Work with your academic advisor to set up a plan of study.

History Minor

Students who have completed 60 semester hours may certify a minor. A history minor requires:

  • 2.0 GPA
  • 18 hours of History courses; at least 9 hours must be upper-division
  • C or better grade in all courses
  • At least 9 of the 18 hours must be earned at WSU
Professional Writing Certificate

To earn the Professional Writing Certificate, you must complete the following five courses (15 credit hours) with a minimum 3.0 GPA:

  • ANTH 350—Speech, Thought, and Culture
  • ENGL 301—Writing and Rhetorical Conventions
  • ENGL 355—Multimedia Authoring: Exploring New Rhetorics
  • ENGL 402—Technical and Professional Writing
  • ENGL 498—Internship (must be taken after the other four courses have been completed)
Professional Writing Minor

The Professional Writing Minor required 18 credit hours of course work.

Core Courses (6 credits):

  • ENGL 301—Writing and Rhetorical Conventions
  • ENGL 402—Technical and Professional Writing or Engl 403—Technical and Professional Writing ESL
  • ENGL 461— Theory and Practice in Technical and Professional Writing

Elective Courses (12 credits from among the following):

  • ENGL 255—English Grammar
  • ENGL 256—Introduction to Syntax and Semantics
  • ENGL 300—Computers in English or Engl 354—History of the English Language
  • ENGL 355—Multimedia Authoring: Exploring New Rhetorics
  • ENGL 401—History of Rhetoric
  • ENGL 405—Advanced Professional Writing and Editing
  • ENGL 478—Usability and Interface Design
  • ENGL 498—Internship
Spanish Minor

The minor requires 17 credits, 9 of which must be at the 300-400 level. A minimum of 9 credits with a letter grade must be taken in residency at WSU, of which 3 must be at the 300-400 level. All courses must be passed with a grade of C or better.

Check with your advisor to determine how courses taken in Study Aboard programs or at other institutions can count toward the minor.

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