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University Catalog
    Western Washington University
  Feb 25, 2018
2017-2018 Catalog

About Western Washington University

Active Minds Changing Lives


Western Washington University will build a stronger Washington by being an international leader in active learning, critical thinking, and societal problem solving.


Western Washington University serves the people of the State of Washington, the nation, and the world by bringing together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities.

What is Western?

  • Exceptional faculty and students engaged in leading edge intellectual inquiry. 
  • Liberal arts are the core strength of our academic programs.
  • High quality academic programs are central to our mission.
  • A place to build professional skills and abilities.
  • Research, scholarship, and creative endeavor are fundamental to the Western experience.
  • An environment that welcomes and embraces diversity
  • Committed to open, passionate, and civil discourse, leading to transparent and well-informed decision-making.
  • Responsible stewards of resources.
  • Distinguished by a sense of place and community.
  • A collaborative environment where faculty, staff, and students contribute to the mission of the University.
  • Bringing the world to Washington and Washington to the world. 


  • Engaging - An immersive and dynamic approach in everything we do.
  • Inviting - Inclusive and supportive.
  • Distinctive - An academic environment that inspires innovative learning and commitment to a purposed life.
  • Adventurous - Thriving on new challenges, fearless pursuit of dreams.
  • Collaborative - Interactive learning, up close and personal, with faculty and staff.

Positioning Statement

For ambitious, open-minded learners, Western is the premier undergraduate-centered university that fosters a dynamic collaborative environment at an intimate scale, where students fully engage, reveling in the freedom to develop their intellectual potential and achieve their personal goals.

Reasons to believe

  • Academic excellence
  • Passion for boundless learning and exploration
  • Personal engagement in one’s education
  • Collaboration between students and faculty
  • Welcoming and supportive community
  • A place to develop leaders and global citizens
  • Spectacular location and natural environment

Who we are

Western welcomes students at the front door of discovery. We invite you to connect, create and join in community with others who thrive on learning. Students and faculty are fully engaged here, working side-by-side to develop new ideas that challenge our understanding of ourselves and our world. We think of education as an adventure. So go ahead and immerse yourself and forge your own path to the future. You will make your mark here and go on to lead the positive change you want to see in the world.