Message from the Dean's Office

Developing valuable skills that are desirable to employers

We believe that, among other factors, the national push for STEM education has served to minimalize the advantages of majoring in one of our programs in Arts and Humanities. The skills that our majors develop are desirable to a wide variety of potential employers. The following quote says it all:

"In 2013, Google decided to test its hiring hypothesis by crunching every bit and byte of hiring, firing, and promotion data accumulated since the company's incorporation in 1998. Project Oxygen shocked everyone by concluding that, among the eight most important qualities of Google's top employees, STEM expertise comes in dead last. The seven top characteristics of success at Google are all soft skills: being a good coach; communicating and listening well; possessing insights into others (including others different values and points of view); having empathy toward and being supportive of one's colleagues; being a good critical thinker and problem solver; and being able to make connections across complex ideas."

- Cathy N. Davidson, founding director of the Futures Initiative, and author of The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux

The College of Arts and Humanities inspires. We write, speak, perform, analyze, invent, collaborate, and create. Our programs empower the next generation of historians, teachers, researchers, performers, creative artists, and much more!

We researched our CWU alumni database to determine the career paths for our majors in the College of Arts and Humanities. Check out our web page entitled “Where Do Our Majors Find Careers” ( The graphs found on this web page visually demonstrate the many career pathways created by the skills that our students develop in our College programs.

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CAH Spotlight: CWU Marching Band

Saturday, October 20 was an incredible day for the CWU Marching Band, Music Department and the university as they hosted the Ellensburg HS band and Morgan Middle School 8th grade band at the CWU football game against Simon Fraser University. They did a combined bands (CWU and Morgan MS) rehearsal where they learned a pregame routine, and then they performed together at the CWU game. They also played together in the stands during the first half of the game. The Morgan Middle School students stayed and watched the CWU show at halftime and then went home. There were well over Ellensburg 100 students and families at the game. It was a very special and memorable event not only for the Morgan Middle School band students but also for our CWU band students.

According to Director of Bands Lewis Norfleet, "community service beyond the university was a goal set for the band leadership team last spring, and they exceeded expectations with the EHS / MMS collaborations this fall. We had many CWU students visit ESD schools over the past several weeks, took a volunteer band (140 strong) to play at an EHS football game and then hosted the EHS and MMS band students here at CWU on Saturday. I couldn't be more proud of how our students represented CWU and themselves throughout the project. They were professional, very enthusiastic and supportive of our Ellensburg guests, and wonderful examples of not only how to be lifelong music makers, but also how to be great human beings. Our students are the best!"

Fostering community engagement is an important element of a college education that provides our students with examples of how to become contributing members of their communities. Higher education is not just about teaching knowledge and gaining skills (as discussed above), but also about civic engagement. Congratulations to Professor Lewis Norfleet and our CWU Marching Band students!

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