Friday, May 26, 2017

Online Integrated Strategic Communication major launches

hands at desk holding business meeting papers, laptop

Washington State University's new online strategic communication bachelor's degree—offered by the nationally acclaimed Edward R. Murrow College of Communication—gives students an opportunity to major in Integrated Strategic Communication (ISC) and gain the skills necessary to prepare for careers in virtually any industry or business that requires strategic communication professionals.

“It’s exciting to offer this degree to a broader base of students who appreciate the quality education available from our college and WSU Global Campus,” explains Ryan Risenmay, clinical assistant professor in the Murrow College and coordinator of the online degree.

The new program is offered in conjunction with WSU Global Campus and focuses on an applied curriculum that is developed and taught by faculty with industry expertise. Students will learn about advertising and public relations principles, as well as how to use digital and traditional media.

Stacey J.T. Hust, chair of Murrow College’s Strategic Communication department, said students in the online ISC major will acquire a unique skillset that will prepare them to effectively target consumers and specific audiences. "Students will also learn how to effectively create and brand messages that address communication objectives," Hust said.

Career opportunities with this degree include public relations firms and ad agencies, and jobs with a wide range of businesses that require communication professionals for social media, digital marketing, corporate communications, and more.

Apply by July 21 to start this fall. Get started on our Apply Now page.

To learn more about the integrated strategic communication online major offered through WSU Global Campus, visit the Global Campus website.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Four Global Campus students present at research fair

Top left, Rebecca Podszus, Crimson award winner, with her research poster. Top right, Autumn Segner. Lower right, Segner presents virtually to WSU Provost Dan Bernardo. 

WSU Global Campus student Rebecca Podszus’ research on how nature mitigates stress earned a top award at this year’s Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA).

“Presenting at SURCA was so exciting!” said Podszus, a psychology major from Olympia, who traveled to Pullman for the March 27 event. “As online students, we have limited opportunities to interact with the rest of WSU, and this type of in-person event is so valuable.”

Podszus was among 225 students competing at SURCA, the only WSU-wide event featuring the faculty-mentored research and creative activities of undergraduates from all majors and campuses.

Other WSU Global Campus presenters were Megan Block and Leslie Taylor, both psychology majors who came to Pullman for the showcase, and Autumn Segner, a humanities major, who presented online from her home in the Midwest.

Segner sent her research poster to Pullman to be displayed at the competition, and spoke with judges using video-conferencing software.  “I certainly recommend SURCA as an opportunity to talk to new people and get a different perspective on your research,” she said.

The judges awarded prizes in eight categories. Podszus earned the Crimson award in the Social Sciences category.  “My study focused on nature exposure and stress relief,” she said. “Specifically, I hypothesized that people who feel connected to nature actually seek out nature to relieve stress.”

Dr. Lee Daffin, Jr., psychology professor and faculty-mentor, said participating in SURCA also offers post-graduation benefits. “The experience you gain from presenting at a large scale conference is invaluable,” he said, “and impressive to both graduate schools and future employers.”

To learn more about SURCA, and how to participate at next year’s competition, visit

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Global Campus Online Degrees Among Nation’s Best

WSU Global Campus Online Degrees Ranked 15th in the Nation

Washington State University Global Campus has ranked in the top five percent in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 list of best online bachelor’s programs. WSU Global Campus placed 15th in a field of 311 colleges and universities offering online degrees. The publication also ranked WSU’s online MBA 27th in the nation and online graduate engineering program 28th in the nation.

The 2017 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs report evaluated data in four categories: student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, and student services and technology. WSU received an overall score of 87. Visit the U.S. News & World Report Best Online Bachelor’s Programs website to learn more about the college rankings and methodology.

“We are delighted to be recognized in the top five percent of undergraduate online programs,” said Dave Cillay, vice president of WSU Academic Outreach & Innovation. “This recognition is a public affirmation of the great work being accomplished at WSU. I am so proud of our faculty and staff who work so hard to extend access to our courses to students around the world.”

WSU’s Global Campus offers 10 undergraduate and 12 graduate degrees in many disciplines, as well as numerous minors and certificates. New degrees this year include a BS in Economic Sciences and an MS in Software Engineering. A highly-anticipated BS in Data Analytics is set to launch in the fall of 2017, and additional degree programs are currently in development.

As the name implies, Global Campus enrolls students from throughout the U.S. and around the world. Online students engage with the WSU community through unique extracurricular opportunities including an online student government, face-to-face gatherings, and the Global Connections program, which hosts enriching online educational and cultural events.