Deans’ Message

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Amanda Sowerby, Assoc. Dean

Many of the careers you will be considering in 10 years have not yet been created. Think about that for a moment. How do you prepare for a career that doesn’t yet exist? What major should you choose? What path should you follow?

Great questions. We in the Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities have some answers.

One thing for certain is that you cannot leave your future to chance. Seneca, the famous Roman philosopher, writes “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” Meaning that luck is an illusion that may be masking behind-the-scenes preparation and planning. More than ever, students must plan to enter a world of accelerated change in which careers are evolving in unexpected, unforeseeable ways.

Our mission in the Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities is designed to help you prepare for the “unexpected.” During your time at WSU, we promise to:

  • Deliver a broad-based liberal arts education that fosters flexible thinking and problem-solving skills combined with opportunities for developing career-ready technical skills
  • Provide small classes with personal attention from highly talented faculty dedicated to your career success not only today, but for a lifetime
  • Facilitate high-quality internships and professionalizing experiences, thus ensuring that you have the skills and competencies valued by most employers in the local or global economy.

The motto “Expect the Unexpected” echoes Seneca’s message in another way: Students now must plan for unexpected disruptions throughout their careers. We know from research that as new technologies displace existing jobs, graduates will be changing careers on average 7 to 10 times during their lifetime. The big question is: What traits and skills are required to pivot successfully from one career to the next when disruption inevitably occurs? The answer, according to leading labor researchers, is the adaptability that derives from a broad humanities and arts education. The principle is simple: Just as a diverse investment portfolio provides protection against market downturns, a diverse set of problem-solving skills protects against job obsolescence.

The Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities has built a reputation as one of the United States' foremost colleges for arts and humanities education. Our commitment to you is more than providing you with answers — it is to help you become accustomed to the unexpected by learning how to ask the right questions. 

If you are interested in learning more about us, feel free to contact the dean’s office at We always welcome the opportunity to hear from you.

Amanda Sowerby
Interim Dean of the Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities