Welcome to the College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is the beating heart of Washburn University.

Through 19 academic departments and the Mulvane Art Museum, we work diligently to ensure that each student is prepared to successfully engage in an increasingly diverse, technological, and innovative world.

Our strong personal engagement between faculty and students, as well as our varied educational options, make the College the ideal place to gain the skills that will make you highly competitive in the marketplace:

  • Strong oral communication
  • Strong written communication
  • Creative thinking and problem-solving
  • Ethical decision-making
  • Adaptability and teamwork

Our graduates are employed in exciting careers, gain acceptance into graduate and professional schools, and speak highly of their educational experience and the zeal for lifelong learning that they gain here at Washburn. Are you ready to be an Ichabod?


The chief concern of Anthropology is to understand culture, a peoples' total way of life. At Washburn, Anthropology is part of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Both anthropology and sociology emphasize the external causes of human behavior.


Studying Art involves both the history and making of visual artworks. Cultural background, design, technique, form and content are investigated as aspects of the creative expression.


Astronomy studies the contents of the universe and those contents' distinguishing features, composition, motion, radiation, past and future. Astronomy courses are found within the Department of Physics and Astronomy.


Biology studies living things: their origin, evolution, diversity in structure and functions as well as interactions with each other and the environment. 


Chemistry scientifically studies matter--both animate and inanimate, its structure, reactions, and associated energy changes. Synthesis of matter, molecular modeling, and prediction of chemical properties derive from observational based theory. 

Communication Studies

Communications are vehicle which enables us to recall the past, think in the present, plan for the future, manage our relationships, and interact with our environment.

Computer Information Sciences

Computer studies the interrelationships of procedures, hardware, software, data, and people that allow the computer to be used as a tool. The discipline emphasizes the development of the analytical skills needed to apply technological solutions to complex problems. 


The Department of Education works closely with other disciplines to assure that those preparing to become teachers have expertise in general education, the content areas they will teach, and instructional skills.  The master’s program includes courses in curriculum instruction, education administration, reading education and special education.


Engineering is a broad applied field which is concerned with ways to use mathematics and natural science for the benefit of mankind. The university's pre-engineering program is part of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Forensic Sciences

The forensic sciences use scientifc applications to collect, examine, and analyze evidence. At Washburn, which is home to the Kansas Bureau of Investivgations Forensic Science Center, programs are offered by the College in the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Information Sciences, and Sociology and Anthropology.


Courses in English foster habits of creative and effective self-expression and the analytical skills appropriate to a thoughtful appreciation for the ways others have expressed themselves, creatively and effectively, through poetry, story, essay, and film.


Geography is the science that describes the interactions between human life, the planet surface, natural features and resources, and non-human living systems. There are a limited number of geography courses in the Department of History.


The study of rock formation, landform, and mountain-making movements, natural resources, geologic time, and mankind's impact on the environment. There are some geology courses within the Department of Physics and Astronomy.


History is the interpretation of the record of human experience. It is the discipline for imagining the past.

Integrated Studies

Integrated Studies is designed to encourage and facilitate the integration of knowledge and skills from diverse disciplines. These courses are developed between disciplines and will be administered by different departments. You can search the course schedule for interdisciplinary courses to see a complete listing of interdisciplinary courses in a given semester.


Kinesiology is an academic discipline which involves the study of physical activity and its impact on health, society, and quality of life. It includes, but is not limited to, such areas of study as exercise science, sports management, athletic training and sports medicine, socio-cultural analyses of sports, sport and exercise psychology, fitness leadership, physical education-teacher education, and pre-professional training for physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine and other health related fields.

Mass Media

Mass Media messages for communication between one person or groups of persons and a large audience through a medium (radio, television, newspapers, magazines, on-line) for the purpose of educating, informing, entertaining or persuading. 

Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematics studies numbers, their form, arrangement, and associated relationships using rigorously defined literal, numerical and operational symbols. Statistics deals with the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data. 

Modern Languages

Languages open the world.  Studying another language provides insight into another culture and other ways of thinking, a perspective on your own culture, and insights into the functions of language.


Music has been both a shaping force and a reflection of culture since the beginning of recorded history. Studies in music include perceptive listening, surveys of major works, aesthetic appreciation, structure and the materials of music, and performance.



Philosophy is the quest for wisdom. It is, simultaneously, the seeking of wisdom, the wisdom sought, and the wisdom so far attained. At Washburn, Philosophy is part of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies.


Physics treats the principles governing the inanimate world of matter and energy, force and motion, heat, electricity, light, atomic and nuclear structure.

Political Science

Aristotle called Political Science "the queen of the sciences". It describes policies, power and life at all levels of human organization from families to terrorist groups, nations, empires and modern international organizations.


Psychology is the study of behavior and the mind using observation and experimentation to understand how we perceive, learn, remember, feel and act.

Public Administration

Public administration is a career field of employment in governments and non-profit agencies.  It involves the statistical and scientific study of management, implementation and evaluation of public programs and policies. Courses in public administration are part of the Department of Political Science.

Religious Studies

The academic study of religion seeks to understand religion through multiple academic disciplines and analytical methods. At Washburn, Religious Studies is part of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies.


Sociology is the study of social life and social change, especially in industrial and postindustrial societies. At Washburn, Sociology is part of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Both anthropology and sociology emphasize the external causes of human behavior.


The study of Theatre Arts involves the analysis of dramatic texts and the understanding of the elements and process necessary to create crafted performances. Theatre informs, entertains, is a forum for ideas and a window through which we recognize comedy and tragedy.

Women's and Gender Studies

Women’s and Gender Studies explores the connections between race and ethnicity, class, sexual identity and gender as they impact women’s and men’s lives in a variety of cultural contexts. A minor is available.

Interdiscipinary Degrees

Sometimes the degree you want just doesn't live in a single department, An interdisciplinary studies degree program lets you choose a major or concentration in more than one area and study the subjects and topics that interest you. There are several at Washburn which you may want to explore.

Degree Requirements:

  • Completion of an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from one of the partner community colleges. Non-partner community college students and other associate degrees are reviewed on an individual basis for eligibility.
  • A minimum of 60 credit hours from a four year college or university.
  • A minimum of 45 credit hours of upper division courses.
  • A minimum of 30 credit hours from Washburn University.
  • A minimum of 124 total semester credit hours to complete the BIS degree.
  • Completion of all General Education, University Requirements and Prerequisite coursework.

General Education Requirements (42 credit hours)

  • 15 hours in Arts and Humanities* with at least 3 hours selected from Art, Music, or Theatre, and recommend 3 hours of CN 101 Principles & Practices of Human Communication.
  • 12 hours in Natural Sciences and Mathematics*, including courses in at least two disciplines other than Mathematics.
  • 15 hours in Social Sciences* including the following recommended course, 3 hours in Introduction to Psychology.
  • In any of the three General Education distribution areas, no more than 6 hours in any one discipline may be counted toward the General Education requirement.

University Requirements (11 credit hours)

  • Freshman Composition* (equivalent to EN 101 at Washburn)
  • College Algebra* (equivalent to MA 116 at Washburn or completion of MA 110 Exploring Mathematics)
  • Advanced Composition (must be completed with Washburn).

*Denotes those courses that will most likely be transfer credits from another institution. To ensure compatibility with Washburn’s program, contact the BIS advisor.

Specific Degree Requirements

Courses are three credits unless indicated

1)   Communication Courses (12 hours)

CN 300- Organizational Communication
CN 301 - Advanced Organizational Communication
CN 330 - Conflict & Negotiation
CN 350 - Persuasion

2)   Psychology Courses (12 hours)

Any 300 level and above courses offered in the Psychology discipline

3)   Emphasis Courses (12 hours) – choose only one emphasis

Liberal Arts Emphasis
Any 300 level and above courses from the College of Arts & Sciences plus,
MS 310 – American Experience at War
MS 340 – America’s First Battles

Administrative Communication Emphasis
PO 310 – Community Development
PO 391 – Public Personnel Administration
PO 393 – Public Budgeting
PO 401 – Program Evaluation – or – SO 314 Organizations
BU 342 – Organization & Management
BU 345 – Human Resources Management
BU 360 – Marketing
BU 381 – Finance

4)   Capstone Courses (3 credit hours)

IS 389 – Capstone Project Development (1 credit hour)
IS 390 – Capstone Project (2 credit hours)

Washburn courses will be offered in a four semester sequence that will allow students to complete the degree in two years of full time enrollment. Students may enter any semester to begin their four semester sequence.

The general requirements for an Associate of Arts in Natural Science and Mathematics are listed in the catalog. For a field of concentration in mathematics, the twelve required hours are satisfied by Mathematics courses numbered 151 or above (excluding MA 206 and MA 228).

Degree Requirements

Core Requirements

  • 3 credits of mathematics (MA 112/116)
  • 3 credits of English writing (EN 101)
  • 3 credits of Washburn Experience (WU 101)
  • 6 hours from the Arts and Humanities (from a minimum of two disciplines)
  • 6 hours in Natural Sciences and Mathematics (from a minimum of two disciplines) 
  • 6 hours in the Social Sciences (from a minimum of two disciplines) 

Individualized Plan Requirements

Plan A:

  • 12 credits in one discipline within the College of Arts and Sciences

Plan B:

  • 12 credits selected from general education disciplines within the College of Arts and Sciences

Electives Requirements

  • Additional coursework to reach a minimum of 60 credit hours (21-24)

For more information, please contact the program coordinator at 785.670.2233 or email cas@washburn.edu



The Washburn University Women’s and Gender Studies minor is an interdisciplinary program devoted to encouraging research on women and gender, sponsoring events focused on issues relevant to women and gender, and promoting outreach across the campus and to the larger community.  Women’s and Gender Studies explores the connections between race and ethnicity, class, sexual identity and gender as they impact women’s and men’s lives in a variety of cultural contexts. Courses critically examine the social, historical, psychological, literary, artistic, philosophic and biological roles of women and gender. It seeks to provide a fuller understanding of the multidimensional nature of personhood, emphasizing the connections between theory and practice. Women’s and Gender Studies encourages applied learning through internships, community involvement projects, research and service learning courses.

Student Learning Outcomes

 Upon completion of the Women’s and Gender Studies minor, students will be able to:

  • Discuss the multiple types of feminisms that currently exist in the U.S. and internationally, as well as their histories and development;
  • Critically analyze and make connections between feminist theories and feminist practices;
  • Explicate the basic debates or areas of contention within contemporary feminist thought;
  • Describe the multiple ways in which gender is intersected by other social relations like race, ethnicity, sexuality, class and nation;
  • Identify the basic components that distinguish feminist methodologies from other approaches to inquiry, and the ways in which women’s studies approaches have transformed traditional disciplines; and
  • Design and implement a project demonstrating in-depth knowledge of one aspect of women’s experience learned through (for example) a literary genre, a time period, a geographic region or another equally narrow topic.
Study Plan

To obtain the optional minor in Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) , a student must complete at least 18 hours of designated WGS course work, with at least 6 of the hours at the upper division level, also including: IS 175 - Introduction to Women’s Studies and IS 400 - Women’s and Gender Studies Capstone. The minor will be supervised by a WGS Advisory Committee member. Students may complete the minor in two ways, they may (a) submit a study plan consisting of coursework formally identified as counting towards the WGS minor or (b) they may develop a study plan to request that alternate coursework be accepted toward the minor. The minor plans will be reviewed to ensure the program learning outcomes are met. Students wishing to complete the minor must submit their study plan for approval before completing coursework in the minor.

Required Courses:

WG 175 Introduction to Women's Studies

WG 400 Women and Gender Studies Capstone 

Courses which may be applied to the minor:
AN 321 Anthropology of Women
CJ 314 Women in Criminal Justice: Offenders, Employees and Victims
CN 364 Gender Communication
CN 361 Communication in Social Movements
EN 214 Women and Literature
EN 396 Topics in Women and Literature
HI 315 Women in US History
HI 300 Women and Gender in Early America (Special Topics)
HI 380 Women in World History
WG 375 Women and Popular Culture
NU 382 Women’s Health Issues
PY 339 History and Psychology of Sex and Gender 

For additional information or to begin developing the minor in WGS study plan contact:

Women's and Gender Studies, Sharon Sullivan Picture

Sharon L. Sullivan, Professor and Chair of Theatre
Women's and Gender Studies
Garvey 122, (785) 670-2246

Summer School 2020 | 100-level courses
Department Course No. Section CRN Credits Course Title Instructor First  Instructor Last  Session Percent Full as of 4/16
Art 101 VA 20055 3 Surv Art Hist-Prehist Medieval Susan McCarthy FULL 36%
Art 103 VA 20048 3 Introduction to Art Clinton Ricketts FULL 68%
Biology 100 VA 20025 3 Intro to Biology/Health Emph John Mullican EARLY 75%
Biology 100 VB 20524 3 Intro to Biology/Health Emph Heather Pfannenstiel LATE 15%
Biology 100 VC 20098 3 Intro to Biology/Gen Ed Emph Matthew Arterburn FULL 20%
Biology 100 VD 20698 3 Intro to Biology/Gen Ed Emph Matthew Arterburn LATE 0%
Biology 140 VA 20309 3 Intro to Forensic Biology Joshua Smith FULL 45%
Biology 150 VA 20210 3 Evolution Rodrigo Mercader EARLY 80%
Chemistry 101 VA 20014 3 Chemistry in Context Seid Adem FULL 20%
Communication Studies 101 VA 20010 3 Intro to Communication Studie Kevin O'Leary EARLY 52%
Communication Studies 150 VA 20324 3 Public Speaking Stephen Doubledee EARLY 100%
Communication Studies 150 VB 20529 3 Public Speaking Gretchen Montgomery LATE 60%
English 101 VB 20176 3 First Year Writing Melanie Burdick EARLY 91%
History 102 VA 20533 3 Modern World History Kimberly Morse EARLY 51%
History 111 VA 20147 3 US History through Civil War Kelly Erby EARLY 46%
Mass Media 100 VA 20169 3 Intro to Mass Media Andrew Anglin EARLY 43%
Mathematics and Statistics 90 VA 20699 3 Prep Quant Reasoning Pathway Todd Cooksey EARLY 30%
Mathematics and Statistics 95 VA 20714 3 Prep College Algebra Pathway Stephanie Herbster FULL 12%
Mathematics and Statistics 112 VA 20145 3 Contemp College Mathematics Elizabeth McNamee FULL 80%
Mathematics and Statistics 116 VA 20004 3 College Algebra Sarah Cook FULL 72%
Mathematics and Statistics 140 VA 20034 3 Statistics Angela Crumer FULL 92%
Modern Languages 101 VA 20011 4 Beginning Spanish I Michael O'Brien EARLY 80%
Modern Languages 102 VA 20172 4 Beginning Spanish II Georgina Tenny LATE 65%
Music 100 VA 20019 3 Enjoyment of Music Lara Brooks EARLY 46%
Music 100 VB 20183 3 Enjoyment of Music Michael Averett LATE 17%
Music 108 VA 20072 3 History of Amer Rock & Roll William McKemy EARLY 23%
Music 108 VB 20094 3 History of Amer Rock & Roll Kelly Huff LATE 26%
Philosophy & Religious Studies 100 VA 20329 3 Introduction to Philosophy Richard Hine EARLY 40%
Philosophy & Religious Studies 102 VA 20449 3 Ethics:Intro to Moral Problems Justin Moss LATE 36%
Physics and Astronomy 101 VA 20061 3 Intro to Astronomy/Cosmology Brian Thomas EARLY 100%
Physics and Astronomy 101 VA 20016 3 Physical Geology Tambra Eifert EARLY 24%
Physics and Astronomy 101 VA 20715 3 Intro to Physics Vincent Rossi EARLY 45%
Physics and Astronomy 102 VA 20188 3 Intro to Astmy-Solar System Mark Smith LATE 43%
Political Science 106 VA 20247 3 Government of the US Amber Dickinson EARLY 40%
Political Science 107 VA 20697 3 KS and US, State & Local Gov't Amber Dickinson LATE 44%
Psychology 100 VA 20179 3 Basic Concepts in Psychology Cynthia Turk EARLY 57%
Sociology/Anthropology 100 VA 20212 3 Introduction to Sociology Lindsey Ibanez EARLY 47%
Sociology/Anthropology 101 VA 20178 3 Social Problems Marisa Gonzales LATE 100%
Sociology/Anthropology 112 VA 20442 3 Cultural Anthropology Ashley Maxwell LATE 80%
Sociology/Anthropology 116 VA 20177 3 Biological Anthropology Mary Sundal EARLY 37%
Theatre 101 VA 20006 3 Drama Classics on Video Theodore Shonka EARLY 7%
Theatre 102 VA 20708 3 Introduction to Theatre Debora King EARLY 7%

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Morgan Hall, Room 209
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

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Fax: 785.670.1297

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