May 25, 2022  
2022-23 Western Washington University Catalog 
    
2022-23 Western Washington University Catalog

What’s New for 2022-23


Electrical and Computer Engineering student in a laboratory on campus.

An Electrical and Computer Engineering student experiments with a circuit in a teaching laboratory on campus. The Electrical and Computer Engineering, BS program expanded the number of concentration options for the 2022-23 academic year.

Catalog Policy Updates

Policies effective fall 2021

  • Incomplete K grade update: An assigned grade of K will be removed and replaced when the grade change is made (either when the work is completed to satisfy the contract, or as provided by the policy if the contract has not been satisfied after one year). 
  • Religious Accommodations

Policies effective fall 2022

Withdrawal From a Course (temporary policy during 2021-22 academic year)

Graduation Requirements for Bachelor’s Degrees (exceptions made for ACC approved dual degree programs)

2022-23 University Catalog Highlights

College name changes

College of the Environment

Western Washington University’s environmental college was renamed to the College of the Environment in a decision by the university’s Board of Trustees in December of 2021. The College of the Environment, founded in 1969, was the first college dedicated to the study of environmental science and policy in the nation.

More information:

College of the Environment  

Honors College students stand near a waterfall

Dr. Scott Linneman, Honors College Director, and students of the 2019 WWU Honors in Ecuador study abroad program stand at the Pailón del Diablo waterfall near Baños, Ecuador.

Honors College

The Honors College was approved to be renamed (previously known as Honors Program) in late 2021. A full transition from a university program status to a college will be completed by fall 2022.

More information:

Honors College  

Western’s first dual degree program

An International Business German, BA was approved for the 2022-23 academic year. This is the first dual degree program at Western and is a partnership between the university and the ESB Business School at Reutlingen University in Germany. Students will attend both universities and earn degrees from each institution. For example, Western students will attend the Bellingham campus their first two years and then spend four semesters in Germany.

More information:

International Business German, BA  

Electrical and Computer Engineering expands

The Electrical and Computer Engineering, BS program expanded from two concentration options to five concentration options that go into effect in 2022-23. The new concentrations of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Wireless Networking and Signal Processing, and custom concentration option were added to provide additional pathways to train students for careers in electrical and computer engineering.

More information:

Electrical and Computer Engineering, BS  

New Academic Program

Critical Disability Studies

The Critical Disability Studies program builds a community that is focused on the academic study of disability as a social and cultural construct and lived experience. Working with faculty across the disciplines, students will come to understand disability as a central aspect of the human experience and a socially just world.

More information:

Critical Disability Studies catalog section  

Critical Disability Studies website: hwp.wwu.edu/disabilitycollaborative

2022-23 Curriculum Highlights

Academic department name change

Education Leadership and Inclusive Teaching  (was Special Education and Education Leadership)

New programs of study

New certificates

Programs of study with title changes

New course prefixes

  • BUS (Business)
  • DISA (Clinical Disability Studies)
  • MLE (Multilingual Education)
  • PEH (Physical Education and Health)
  • PME (Polymer Materials Engineering)

New courses

List of new courses approved for the 2022-23 academic year

2022-23 University Catalog road map

  • Redesign of programs of study template.
  • List of courses approved for online modalities.