Writing skills are essential to success in the professional world. WSU’s nationally acclaimed Writing Program teaches, tutors, and assesses writing to help students communicate effectively. Before beginning the junior year, all students must complete a Writing Portfolio. Required for graduation, it evaluates students’ readiness to write at the requisite level for upper-division courses in their major.
Common Reading Program
Each year the University chooses a single book to be read by all freshmen. The book is used in courses and special extracurricular programs. Professors, residence hall staff, librarians, and others discuss topics raised in the book and link them to course content. Professors also share information from their research that relates to the book’s themes. Freshmen learn the value of research, the power of ideas, and ways in which different disciplines approach similar problems.
Honors College that prepares top students for influential careers
The Honors College attracts top students in all majors from across the United States and the world. Honors alumni have long and distinguished records of leadership and impact—locally and globally—throughout their careers.
The Honors College curriculum lets students choose among dozens of specialized classes in place of required general education courses. Class sizes are typically capped at 25 students. Honors students complete a thesis project, researching an academic question of importance to them, documenting their analysis and conclusions, and orally presenting their work to faculty evaluators.
Top training for future broadcast journalists
The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication offers the only comprehensive broadcast journalism program in the state of Washington. Noted for combining professional skill building and theory, the program is one of only a few nationwide that airs a daily, student-produced television newscast. The College houses 3 nationally acclaimed media outlets, including Northwest Public Radio, Northwest Public Television and the Murrow News Service.
Real-world training in small-business consulting
The Business Growth Mentor and Analysis Program empowers teams of students—mentored by seasoned business executives—to advise small businesses in southwest Washington and the greater Portland area. The students’ pro bono consulting has been so successful that participating clients’ revenues grew by $5.4 million in the first three years following the program’s inception in Fall 2010. $4.6 million of that growth was directly attributable to the students’ help.
Fast track to a doctoral degree in life science disciplines
The STARS (Students Targeted toward Advanced Research Studies) program allows select students in biochemistry, genetics and cell biology, microbiology, or neuroscience to earn a doctorate in as little as 7 years after leaving high school. The program immerses freshmen in research and provides them with one-on-one mentorship from faculty members.
Internationally recognized entrepreneurship program
The award-winning Harold Frank Engineering Entrepreneurship program unites students from a variety of disciplines to develop businesses from their technology ideas.
Unique construction engineering program
In 2016 WSU will begin offering the only Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering in the Pacific Northwest. Designed with input from Fortune 500 company leaders, the academic program equips graduates to succeed in the heavy/civil construction industry.
Accelerated track to DVM and nursing degrees
Honors College students can apply early to 2 health care programs
Sophomores can apply to the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine; if selected, they pursue the Honors curriculum that dovetails with vet med prerequisites and can graduate with their DVM degree in 7 instead of the usual 8 years.
Incoming Honors freshmen can apply for the program. Accepted students maintain the required GPA and complete Honors and nursing prerequisite courses in Pullman in years 1 and 2, and years 3 and 4 at one of the nursing college sites in Spokane, Yakima, or the Tri-Cities.
Cross-disciplinary training in design, construction, and engineering
The unique, interdisciplinary environment in engineering and design disciplines prepares graduates to be work ready on Day 1, with hands-on skills. WSU’s School of Design and Construction offers all 4 of the following academic programs:
- Interior design
- Construction management
- Landscape architecture
In each field, students interact with other disciplines throughout the curriculum. The Integrated Design Experience (IDX) studio fosters collaboration among students in these disciplines, as well as civil engineering students and user groups, to develop sustainable solutions for the built environment.
Building information literacy skills across the curriculum
One of the goals of the WSU baccalaureate is information literacy, or the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information. To give students this important preparation, WSU Libraries faculty created an innovative information literacy skill-building guide and work closely with professors and instructors to customize and teach these skills for a specific course of study. In fiscal year 2014, WSU Libraries faculty taught about 1,200 instruction sessions to more than 110 courses, reaching roughly 40,000 individuals.