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Family and Consumer Sciences

College of Education and Professional Studies

Wine Studies

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Global Wine Studies Specialization

Wine Industry Management Specialization

Wine Trade and Tourism Minor



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A Unique Degree

The Bachelor of Science in Wine Studies (WS) is an accredited, four-year academic degree. The WS degree utilizes an innovative, cross-disciplinary approach to instruction creating a degree unlike any in the nation. The degree is structured with a focus on the international trade aspects of the wine industry. Students complete major coursework in WS (74-77 credits) to acquire a broad base of skills and knowledge in the wine industry.

Core topics of major coursework include:
  •     Wine Regions
  •     Marketing and Branding Strategies
  •     International Wine Trade
  •     Professional Sensory Analysis
  •     Viticulture and Enology

Study Abroad: The required study abroad allows students to participate in an international field experience in one of the world's wine-producing regions. The field experience is structured to maximize the learning experience through site visits, tours, and presentations.

Internship: The required internship is an educational plan designed to integrate classroom study with planned, supervised, and evaluated work experience in the wine industry. The internship offers undergraduate students a unique opportunity to combine career, social, and personal growth with the educational process.

Minor: Students also complete a required minor (25 to 36 credits) from one of several academic areas that complement the student’s interest area and career goals. Permission by major advisor is needed to apply for a minor. Examples of minors include: Business, Retail Management and Technology, World Languages, Economics, and Tourism Management.

Who is it for?

The Wine Studies degree is for anyone with an interest in pursuing a career in the wine industry. CWU encourages international students, veterans, and working professionals to apply as well as traditional students. The WS degree prepares graduates for a variety of wine industry careers.


  • Possession of wine business skills for the global market.
  • Fundamental knowledge of viticulture and winemaking.
  • Ability to identify wines produced from major wine regions of the world.
  • Understanding of costs and price structures of wine from field to the marketplace.
  • Ability to use professional tasting techniques for wine evaluation.

Admission Requirements

For complete admission requirements and program information, click here.

Application Process

Forms can be picked up in Michaelsen Hall, room 100. For questions, call (509)963-1969 or email

Financial Obligations

Normal tuition now applies for WINE courses. There are fees attached to courses when wine analysis or field trips are required.  The courses are eligible for student financial aid.

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