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Our mission

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is the foundation for liberal education at WOU.  We offer most of WOU’s general education program as well as a wide range of specialized degree programs that expand students’ horizons, hone skills that make students adaptable and flexible in a rapidly changing world, help students discover new passions and strengths, and prepare them for lifelong learning.  Our graduates are poised to be engaged citizens locally and globally as well as productive contributors to a 21st century economy. 


Our vision:

CLAS faculty and staff will extend the benefits of a liberal education to an increasingly diverse student body by collaborating within and across disciplines to proactively identify and deliver that which is most important for a 21st century college education.


Our Goals:
CLAS strives to:


About the college

LAS is more than buildings and programs.  WOU attracts a special type of faculty who enjoys teaching, invests in mentoring students and ties theory in the classroom to real-world practical applications.  WOU’s faculty make LAS a remarkable center of learning and a bridge to promising futures for the students we serve.  Our graduates pursue stimulating careers, gain entrance into graduate and professional schools, and speak highly of the highly personalized educational experience at WOU.


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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Location: HSS 234  |  Phone: 503-838-8226  |  or e-mail:
Dean: Dr. Sue Monahan,  |  Administrative Assistant: Debbie Braun,