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More than 300 majors, minors, and specializations.

Accessibility Studies Minor Online
Actuarial Science
Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising
Biology Teaching
Biomedical Science Specialization
Business Administration
Business and Marketing Teacher Preparation
Career and Technical Education Teaching
Chemistry Teaching
Communication Studies
Computer Science
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Specialization
Electronic Engineering Technology
English and Language Arts Teaching
English Language and Literature
Environmental Geosciences
Environmental Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences Teaching
Geology with Teaching Endorsement
Health Careers
History/Social Studies Teaching
Information Technology and Administrative Management
Information Technology and Administrative Management (ITAM) Online
Information Technology Specialization
Integrated Energy Management
Interdisciplinary Studies - Social Sciences Online
Interdisciplinary Studies-Social Sciences
Journalistic Writing and Reporting
Law and Justice Online
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Middle Level Mathematics and Science Teaching
Molecular and Cell Biology Specialization
Music Performance, BM
Network Management Specialization
Physical Education and School Health
Physics/Engineering Dual Degree
Political Science
Primate Behavior and Ecology
Professional and Creative Writing
Professsional and Creative Writing Online
Recreation, Tourism, and Events
Religious Studies Specialization
Retail Management and Technology Specialization
Science Teaching
Secondary Math Teaching
Social Services Online
Sociology Online
Theatre Arts Design and Production Specialization
Theatre Arts Musical Theatre Specialization
Theatre Arts Performance Specialization
Web and Data Base Administration Specialization
William O. Douglas Honors College
Women’s and Gender Studies
Accessibility Studies Minor Online
Minor, Certificate
Department Contact:

Naomi Petersen
509-963-1481
Naomi.Petersen@cwu.edu

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Description

One fifth of the population is affected by disability, and laws protect their rights as individuals to have access. To be accessible, an environment—work, home, school, shopping, medical, leisure, and virtual/digital—must be functional for everyone. Central's accessibility studies program provides opportunities to learn about barriers that exclude people with disabilities. Moreover, it serves to ensure that every environment will accommodate everyone, regardless of ability.

Opportunities

Starting fall 2017 students can earn a minor or a certificate online in accessibility studies. A fast-track certificate is also offered over the summer. At CWU, almost 30 pre-professional degrees across disciplines—from business and information technology, to social services and safety and health management—have added the accessibility minor as an option to broaden their student’s employment opportunities.

Why this program?

CWU's program is the first in the country dedicated to increasing accessibility by applying universal design principles to all fields of study and careers.

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Accounting
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Business Advising Office
509-963-2930
cbadvising@cwu.edu

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Description

Accounting is about providing reliable economic data to decision makers. And there are a number of career paths available to accounting majors ranging from working for a corporation or business to crunching numbers for a government agency or non-profit organization.

Opportunities

The largest major within the College of Business gives students a broad business education, allowing them to grasp the broad business spectrum, and to communicate with accountants in other specializations and non-accountants too.

Why this program?

The program is led by an Accounting Advisory Council, comprised of industry leaders, who assist in shaping and linking it to top-flight regional and national organizations.

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Actuarial Science
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Stuart Boersma
509-963-1395
stuart.boersma@cwu.edu

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Description

Studying mathematics isn’t just about numbers. It’s also about recognizing patterns and understanding the logic of shapes, quantities, and arrangements. It is the building blocks of everything around us whether its money, architecture, electronics, or even sports.

Opportunities

Let’s face it—mathematicians are the rock stars of computer science, economic forecasting, energy resources, risk management, medicine, finance, and other businesses. Careers in fields with a solid basis in mathematics are among the fastest growing and rewarding.

Why this program?

CareerCast ranked careers involving mathematics (data scientist and statistician) as the top two jobs in 2016. It also projected a 23 percent increase in job growth for mathematicians by 2022.

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Administrative Management
Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Applied Science
Department Contact:

Libby Gibson
509-963-2611
ITAMInfo@cwu.edu

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Description

With this specialization, you will become a qualified business professional prepared to pursue careers that apply a blend of management, administrative and information technology skills in contemporary business environments. The administrative manager supervises office employees, designs office work systems, maintains internal and external communication systems, and compiles meaningful reports from information processing. All types of business from agriculture and finance, to manufacturing and health care are seeking graduates with these skills.

Opportunities

The Information Technology and Administrative Management department prepares students for success in high demand careers and job advancement in the modern workforce through industry-driven programs, quality teaching, and personal advising.

Why this program?

CWU offers administrative management bachelor of science and bachelor of applied science degrees. You'll also find an online only option as well as a FlexIT program that allows you to complete your degree on your schedule. Central Washington University’s master of science in Information Technology and Administrative Management is ranked one of the top ten one-year online master’s degree programs in the U.S., according to bestmastersdegrees.com. Schools were ranked based on value, affordability, and the ability of the student to complete the degree in one year.

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Advertising, Minor
Minor in Advertising
Department Contact:

Bianca Bailey
509-963-1066
bianca.bailey@cwu.edu

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Description

Advertising is the art of persuasion—but with a bit of panache. Students who minor in advertising gain an understanding of the role of the creative process in building advertising as well as advertising planning, production, and distribution.

Opportunities

At CWU, advertising students gain real-world experience in writing copy and developing advertising campaigns. Internships with prominent advertising agencies can give students an advantage when it comes to applying for jobs after graduation.

Why this program?

You learn the fundamentals of creating an advertisement including effective words, compelling designs, and striking visuals. Additionally, you’ll learn the benefits of research to determine the effectiveness of an ad campaign.

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Aerospace Studies
Minor
Department Contact:

Richard Warr
509-963-2314
richard.warr@cwu.edu

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Description

Established in 1951, the award-winning Air Force ROTC “Cascade Cowboys” develops knowledge, character, and motivation as cadets are commissioned as USAF second lieutenants. Additionally, the nationally ranked Army ROTC “Wildcat Battalion,” founded in 1981 and named for the university’s mascot, produces distinguished military graduates.

Opportunities

• Develop discipline and hone abilities and skills in leadership development, problem solving, professional ethics, and strategic planning, while training to become an officer in the United States Military and a fulfilling civilian career.

• Have your college paid for in part, or fully, through scholarships.

Why this program?

The CWU Air Force program is award winning and nationally regarded. Since 2009, CWU’s Air Force ROTC been named both the No. 1 regional and top national unit in its classification.

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Anthropology
Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Lene Pedersen
509-963-3211
lene.pedersen@cwu.edu

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Description

Human behavior is always fascinating. Fortunately, students of anthropology have the pleasure of finding out what it means to be human and why we act the way we do in different circumstances.

Opportunities

What other major offers a chance to participate in an archaeological survey or a mock forensic burial site, or do some serious people-watching for a grade? Majoring in anthropology at CWU is your ticket to studying the human condition and finding out why we are the way we are.

Why this program?

Central offers a BS and a BA in anthropology. You can also earn a minor in anthropology over the course of two summers via CWU’s online minor program.

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Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Andrea Eklund
509-963-2067
andrea.eklund@cwu.edu

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Description

The apparel, textiles and merchandising program cultivates tomorrow’s fashion leaders and develops industry-ready professionals who are forward-thinking, creative, innovative, relevant, and passionate. The program gives students a thorough background in the business aspects of the fashion industry, developing skills in fashion theory; creativity; merchandising; retail operations; buying strategies; technology; fashion forecasting; and target markets.

Opportunities

The apparel, textiles, and merchandising major prepares students for a wide range of careers in the international fields of buying, merchandising, fashion trend analysis, product development, merchandise planning, entrepreneurship, visual merchandising, fashion styling, product/brand/licensing management, quality assurance, and more.

Why this program?

The apparel, textiles, and merchandising major combines fashion, business and creativity to foster students personal goals. Students immerse themselves in chosen interest areas where they learn, understand and apply new knowledge to the many facets of the apparel industry.

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Art
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Gregg Schlanger
509-963-2665
gregg.schlanger@cwu.edu

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Description

Turn your passion for art into a profession. At CWU, art students push their creative boundaries and gain the practical tools necessary to begin a successful career in the art world.

Opportunities

Students in CWU’s art department can study a wide range of mediums including: ceramics; drawing; graphic design; jewelry and metalsmithing; painting; photography; sculpture; and wood design.

Why this program?

Art students work closely with award-winning artists, designers, painters, and other gifted instructors who can help bring their work to the next level.

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Asian Studies
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Jeffrey Dippmann
509-963-1830
jeffrey.dippmann@cwu.edu

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Description

In recent years, American policy makers have spoken of a “pivot to Asia,” meaning an increased emphasis in American foreign and economic policy on the Asia-Pacific region. As a result, there’s never been a better time for students to develop cultural competency and understanding of the region.

Opportunities

The Asia Pacific region is a hot topic these days with plenty of opportunities for students wanting to understand this fascinating and sometimes misunderstood part of the world, whether their chosen fields are in business, government, international or non-governmental organizations, or academia.

Why this program?

Students in CWU’s Asia Pacific Studies interdisciplinary program gain a broad understanding of the complexities of the Asia-Pacific region. They learn about the geography and history of Asia and the Asia Pacific islands as well as an overview of Asia Pacific life and culture.

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Aviation Management
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Sundaram (Raj) Nataraja
509-963-2386
sundaram.nataraja@cwu.edu

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Description

The CWU Aviation Department wants people like you, with a passion for the combined art and science of aviation.

Opportunities

CWU's aviation program is the only fully accredited public university aviation program in the Pacific Northwest. Our students have access to the most up-to-date flight simulation equipment on the West Coast. Students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management with specializations in aviation management or aviation maintenance management.

Why this program?

Our students get jobs! The CWU Aviation Department has or is in the process of having direct-hire agreements with nearly a dozen airlines including Alaska/Horizon, Sky West, and Mesa Airlines.

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Aviation Management Online
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Sundaram (Raj) Nataraja
509-963-2386
sundaram.nataraja@cwu.edu

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Description

The CWU Aviation Department wants people like you, with a passion for the combined art and science of aviation. Coursework in the Aviation Management Degree will prepare students for a variety of administrative and management positions in the aviation community including maintenance management positions. Management career options related to aviation activities, such as airport manager, general operations manager, and air carrier management exist in the industry.

Opportunities

CWU offers an online Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management. CWU's aviation program is the only fully accredited public university aviation program in the Pacific Northwest. Our students have access to the most up-to-date flight simulation equipment on the West Coast.

Why this program?

Our students get jobs! The CWU Aviation Department has or is in the process of having direct-hire agreements with nearly a dozen airlines including Alaska/Horizon, Sky West, and Mesa Airlines.

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Biochemistry
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Levente Fabry-Aszialos
509-963-2811
levente.fabry-asztalos@cwu.edu

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Description

CWU’s biochemistry program is the preferred undergraduate degree for any student interested in a career in pursuing a career in medicine, dentistry, or other health sciences.

Opportunities

CWU’s commitment to hands-on learning means that biochemistry students receive personalized attention from award winning professors.

Why this program?

Few chemistry programs in the state can boast the state-of-the-art technology found at CWU, including a 400MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscope, atomic absorption spectroscope, fluorimeter, gas chromatograph, and much more.

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Biology
Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Mari Knirck
509-963-2731
mari.knirck@cwu.edu

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Description

You might say you take your life in your hands when you study biology. That’s because it is literally the study of life—all life—from one-celled organisms to multi-species habitats. And when you study the biosphere at CWU, you will receive hands-on learning from award winning professors.

Opportunities

Studying biology is a chance to explore all the aspects of life ranging from insects to mammals. Having an understanding of biology can lead to a rewarding career in a number of fields including agronomy, biochemistry, conservation, forestry, marine biology, or zoology. CWU offers a BA and a BS in biology with specializations in biomedical science, ecology and evolutionary biology, and molecular and cell biology.

Why this program?

At CWU, students gain an understanding of biological concepts relevant to the individual and to society and gain an appreciation of scientific inquiry. Studying biology helps us decipher many social and economic issues and is at the forefront of environmental issues.

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Biology Teaching
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Crystal Weddington
509-963-2660
crystal.weddington@cwu.edu

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Description

Interested in becoming a teacher? Good news...science teachers are in high demand in Washington State and across the country. Our graduates enjoy fulfilling careers, with many employment options. Science teachers get to share their love of science and make a difference in their community.

Opportunities

In Washington K-12 schools, about one teacher in five is a CWU graduate. CWU’s reputation as the top choice for educator preparation comes from a history of producing the state’s best educators, leading education change, and providing diverse opportunities for certification and field experience.

Why this program?

When quality and affordability are both taken into account, CWU’s School of Education offers a best value to its students. That’s the assessment of the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), which recently released its ‘Best Value’ ratings of colleges of education across the United States. It is the first time that a national education policy organization has conducted a comprehensive review of quality paired with affordability.

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Biomedical Science Specialization
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Mari Knirck
509-963-2731
mari.knirck@cwu.edu

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Description

Biology is the study of life—all life—from one-celled organisms to multi-species habitats. The Biomedical Science Specialization allows you to pursue careers in human health (medicine, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, pharmacy) and veterinary medicine.

Opportunities

There are unlimited opportunities for students pursuing a professional degree in the health professions. Our curriculum is designed to prepare you for the entrance exams (MCAT, et al.) and give you the best advantage when seeking admission to professional schools.

Why this program?

You’ll have numerous opportunities to become a competitive candidate for professional schools. You’ll work closely with dedicated professors to perform meaningful research, publish papers, and present posters at national conventions.

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Broadcast Journalism
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Terri Reddout
509-963-1056
reddoutt@cwu.edu

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Description

The Broadcast specialization in the Digital Journalism major helps build professional skills and ethical awareness in broadcast reporting and video production. Courses are offered in basic and advanced news writing, studio and field production, and news producing and directing. Rigorous and demanding, these courses are designed to provide hands-on training in on-air and behind-the-scenes operations, which are required to enjoy successful careers in a highly competitive industry.

Opportunities

In today’s environment of converging media, successful journalists need the necessary skills and concepts to tell meaningful stories for a variety of outlets. A specialization in writing and reporting (print media) or broadcasting is required. At Central, broadcast students have excellent opportunities for internships at televisions stations in Yakima, Spokane and Seattle and for networking through a number of student organizations including the National Association of Broadcasters and the Radio and Television News Directors Association.

Why this program?

Central NewsWatch, CWU's student-run television newscast, offers students opportunities to gather, write, and report news stories for broadcast. In 2015, Central's student radio station The ‘Burg 88.1 was named Best College Radio Station in the U.S. by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System.

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Business Administration
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Business Advising Center
509-963-2930
cbadvising@cwu.edu

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Description

Successful businesses demand students with a strong skill set that includes analytical, communications, critical thinking, functional, leadership, and teamwork.

Opportunities

A Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from an AACSB accredited program, such as at CWU, can help prepare you for a successful career in business. Students specialize in general business, finance, human resources, leadership management, marketing, and supply chain management.

Why this program?

Classes are conveniently offered in Ellensburg, at campuses in Des Moines and Lynnwood, and online.

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Business and Marketing Teacher Preparation
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

CWU Business Advising Office
509-963-2930
cbadvising@cwu.edu

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Description

How do teens learn to balance a checkbook or use online banking? It turns out most learn from their teachers in high school. CWU’s business and marketing teaching major prepares students for careers in teaching business and marketing to secondary grade students (7-12).

Opportunities

At CWU, students in the business and marketing teacher preparation program are on the fast track to obtaining their teacher certifications and content endorsements.

Why this program?

It’s a good time to be a business and/or marketing teacher in Washington. The most recent Educator Supply and Demand in Washington State report indicated a serious shortage of business and marketing education teachers in the state’s junior and senior high schools.

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Career and Technical Education Teaching
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Alex Lange
509-963-2766
alex.lange@cwu.edu

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Description

Interested in teaching consumer services, early childhood education, food production, nutrition, textiles and apparel, human development, hospitality and tourism, parenting or interpersonal relationships? The Career and Technical Education Teaching major prepares you for a career as a teacher in any of those subjects!

Opportunities

Students graduating with a Family and Consumer Sciences Career and Technical Teaching major will help prepare high school students for responsible positions in work and community as well as help them learn about individual family wellness and how to value diverse populations.

Why this program?

Graduates with degrees in Family and Consumer Sciences Career and Technical Teaching are in high demand as life skills instructors in high schools throughout the country.

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Chemistry
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Levente Fabry-Aszialos
509-963-2811
levente.fabry-asztalos@cwu.edu

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Description

Understanding chemistry is the key to understanding the structure of the universe. At CWU, students studying chemistry are involved in research areas including the effect of environmental pollutants on the soil, plant-based remedies for diseases, astrochemistry in ice, and pollution monitoring at Mt. Rainier.

Opportunities

CWU’s commitment to hands-on learning means that undergraduates in the chemistry program work closely with professors on advanced research projects and can present their results at regional and national conferences.

Why this program?

Few chemistry programs in the state can boast the state-of-the-art technology found at CWU, including a 400MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscope, atomic absorption spectroscope, fluorimeter, gas chromatograph, and much more.

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Chemistry Teaching
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Levente Fabry-Aszialos
509-963-2811
FabryL@cwu.edu

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Description

Is chemistry your passion? You might be an ideal candidate to become a chemistry teacher. CWU’s chemistry teaching major prepares students to teach chemistry at the secondary school level.

Opportunities

As an undergraduate, you will work closely with award winning professors on advanced research projects. You’ll get to present results at national conferences, and sometimes even help author publications for scientific journals.

Why this program?

CWU’s chemistry department is equipped with state-of-the-art technology such as the 400MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscope, atomic absorption spectroscope, fluorimeter, gas chromatograph, and much more.

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Clinical Physiology
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Vince Nethery
509-963-1911
netheryv@cwu.edu

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Description

This degree provides students with a solid grounding in the factual and conceptual mastery of the interdisciplinary nature of the study of human structure and function. The program is designed to promote critical thinking and analytical skills as well as effective writing, speaking, and presenting.

Opportunities

Upon graduation, clinical physiology majors are equipped with the skills necessary to succeed in graduate school and/or professional fields of study, and will have a diverse array of career options such as physical therapy, physician’s assistant, athletic training, nursing, occupational therapy, and chiropractic medicine.

Why this program?

CWU offers a Bachelor or Science in Clinical Physiology. In 2016, CWU teamed with Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences to create the Yakima Valley Interprofessional Practice and Education Initiative, which seeks to produce and develop new collaborative approaches to regional healthcare while also improving access to care.

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Communication Studies
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Bianca Bailey
509-963-1066
bianca.bailey@cwu.edu

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Description

Studying communications is your window on the world. Whether you major in communication studies, digital journalism, film and video studies, or public relations, you’ll be gaining an understanding of how we form opinions and gain information.

Opportunities

CWU’s Department of Communication prepares you for a career in the media, public relations, government affairs, or other related fields.

Why this program?

Enjoy a job where every day offers something new! Our graduates work in some of the most prominent media organizations on the West Coast.

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Computer Science
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Megan McConnell
509-963-1455
megan.mcconnell@cwu.edu

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Description

Computer science prepares students for life in an information technology society. You’ll learn technological literacy and problem solving skills and gain an understanding of the ethical and social impacts of computing in the modern world.

Develop your degree with a specific focus, such as software engineering, intelligent systems, computational science, graphics, visualization and computer vision, human-computer interaction, big data analytics, or cybersecurity.

Opportunities

A computer science degree from CWU opens the door to some of the hottest careers in the country. Our grads land internships and jobs with leading companies such as Microsoft, Boeing, Facebook, and Amazon.

Why this program?

• Computer science students work one-on-one with our distinguished faculty on research, present at national and international conferences, and publish papers in scientific journals.

• Our facilities have cutting-edge computers and mobile devices for teaching development techniques for Windows, OS X, iOS, or Android. For senior projects, students work with clients to design, build, and document software applications.

• In fall 2018 the program will move into a new state-of-the-art computer and information technology center. Construction began on the Samuelson Union Building spring 2016. When finished, it will also house online learning and the departments of Mathematics and Information Technology and Administrative Management.

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Construction Management
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

David Carns
509-963-1762
david.carns@cwu.edu

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Description

Construction managers plan, coordinate, budget, and supervise construction projects from groundbreaking to ribbon cutting. They work for construction firms, design firms, and material equipment suppliers. Public agencies also hire construction managers to perform inspection, supervision, and contract administration duties.

Opportunities
  • Construction management grads have a nearly 100% placement rate with starting salaries of about $60,000. Opportunities for advancement are excellent since CWU students are so well prepared to meet industry challenges.
  • The 2015 median pay for construction managers was $87,400, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And large firms increasingly prefer candidates with both construction experience and a construction-related bachelor’s degree.
Why this program?
  • Construction management classes are taught in the Hogue Technology Building, one of the nation’s most advanced facilities for engineering and industrial technology.
  • The program is fully accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE), and is a member of the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC), Region 7.
  • An advisory committee made up of contractors, graduates, and construction consultants provides guidance on curriculum, fundraising, employment, and related matters.
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Craft Brewing
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Katie Kuntz
509-963-1386
katie.kuntz@cwu.edu

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Description

CWU is the only university offering a four-year craft brewing degree program in Washington. With this program, you will gain an in-depth understanding of the brewing sciences. The degree is built on a strong science foundation and focuses on content, experience, and skills in brewing science along with analytical laboratory techniques and brewery business management.

Opportunities

America's appetite for craft beers is growing like never before—sales of craft beers grew by more than $1 billion in 2011, from $7.6 to $8.7 billion. A major challenge for this growing industry is finding properly qualified employees for their growing businesses. Not only are brewers needed, but also graduates from other academic disciplines who have an understanding of the craft beer industry.

Why this program?

At CWU, you can earn a Bachelor of Science in Craft Brewing or a Craft Brewing Certificate. CWU's craft brewing program is ranked No. 1 by America Unraveled. Students perform experiments and receive hands on instruction in all aspects of the craft brew business from industry professionals. Our graduates are prepared for careers in brewing production, quality assurance, brewery management, beer merchandising, product distribution, brewing technology, packaging, safety, sanitation, sensory evaluation, and entrepreneurship.

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Cybersecurity Specialization
Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Applied Science
Department Contact:

Robert Lupton
509-963-1789
Robert.Lupton@cwu.edu

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Description

The Information Technology and Administrative Management department prepares students for success in high demand careers and job advancement in the modern workforce through industry-driven programs, quality teaching, and personal advising.

Opportunities

ITAM students will gain knowledge specific to the detection, protection, and recovery from attacks to an organization’s information assets. With the cybersecurity specialization, you will gain skills in this high-demand field of network security that, when combined with the management/soft-skills classes, will give you the competitive edge in the IT marketplace. Public utility companies, national security agencies, food and water suppliers, financial services, and companies with intellectual property to protect are now hiring experts in this area.

Why this program?

Central Washington University’s master of science in Information Technology and Administrative Management is ranked one of the top ten one-year online master’s degree programs in the U.S., according to bestmastersdegrees.com. Schools were ranked based on value, affordability, and the ability of the student to complete the degree in one year.

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Dance
Bachelor of Art
Department Contact:

Therese Young
509-963-1937
youngth@cwu.edu

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Description

The CWU dance major provides students opportunities to develop proficiency in the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for pursuing careers in dance including choreography, performance, and teaching across a variety of dance genres.

Opportunities

The CWU dance program offers students the opportunity to enhance their career preparedness by pairing the dance major with several possible minors including business administration, a dance endorsement (for K-12 teachers), nutrition, physical activity and recreation programming, recreation management, and theatre studies.

Why this program?

CWU’s dance major offers the only dance program east of the Cascades in Washington. CWU’s dance major helps fulfill a variety of institutional needs including, but not limited to, the recruitment and retention of students to CWU by promoting the university nationally through performances, conference presentations, and research.

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Digital Journalism
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Cynthia Mitchell
509-963-1063
Cynthia.Mitchell@cwu.edu

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Description

As a digital journalism student at Central, you’ll gain valuable experience in reporting and writing about important events, people and things, producing and editing video and still photography, designing for print and the web, and understanding how to create powerful online and social media platforms.

Opportunities

Perhaps the greatest skills a digital journalism student will gain are learning how to be a critical thinker and how to distill large amounts of information into easily understandable end products, particularly in the burgeoning social media field. Journalism students are highly sought-after for their writing, communicating, and researching abilities, which are beneficial in a number of careers. Digital journalism students choose a specialization in journalistic writing and reporting or broadcast journalism. 

Why this program?

Central digital journalism students learn how to question, investigate, interpret, and communicate—with great accuracy and on deadline. Such skills are invaluable in a wide variety of fields including the law, government, public agencies, advertising, public relations, and social studies.

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Early Childhood Education
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Denise Shaw
509-963-2259
Denise.Shaw@cwu.edu

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Description

Do you want to touch lives and make a difference in educating the future? Or experience that moment when your student’s struggle to learn a concept turns into mastery? CWU provides future and seasoned teachers the specialized skills necessary to teach diverse learners. CWU's Early Childhood Education major prepares students to become teaching specialists for birth through third grade children. 

Opportunities

It's highly advised that students simultaneously complete the early childhood and elementary education major. Completion of this program as a double major and other teacher certification requirements will lead graduates to a Washington State teaching certificate with Early Childhood (birth–grade 3) and Elementary Education (K–grade 8) endorsements.

Why this program?

CWU's teacher education program is the 12th largest in the country. Students in CWU's program hone their skills by participating in career exploration internships and study abroad programs. 

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Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Specialization
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Mari Knirck
509-963-2731
mari.knirck@cwu.edu

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Description

The Ecology and Evolution Specialization is designed for students broadly interested in basic and applied biology, natural resource management, agriculture, ecological restoration, conservation biology, disease dynamics, animal behavior, and biological research.

Opportunities

You’ll have numerous opportunities to work closely with professors on meaningful research. In biology, the great outdoors is your classroom, and our students study in wildlife preserves, national forests, and nature reserves.

Why this program?

You’ll have the opportunity to take field study courses in other countries, and work with scientists all over the world. Other resources include the CWU greenhouse and the Englehorn Pond nature preserve, as well as advanced laboratory technology.

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Economics
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Business Advising Office
509-963-2930
cbadvising@cwu.edu

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Description

An economics degree prepares students for business and government agency employment and also serves as excellent training for law school, a master’s of business administration program, and graduate programs in economics, agricultural economics, and natural resource management.

Opportunities

Studying economics can enhance logical reasoning and analytical skills, which can be useful in a wide variety of fields including politics, law, business, government, banking, insurance, real estate, and public policy.

Why this program?

According to the Hamilton Project, an economic analysis of what graduates earn over their lifetimes, students with degrees in economics are among the highest-earning majors in lifetime earnings.

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Electronic Engineering Technology
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Lad Holden
509-963-2289
Lad.Holden@cwu.edu

Department Website:
Description

Industrial and engineering technology professionals are creative and technically proficient. They are valued by employers in all types of industries for helping improve efficiency, employee safety, and profitability. The placement rate for graduates is nearly 100 percent.

Opportunities
  • An engineering, safety, or construction degree from CWU opens doors to some of the hottest careers in the country. All programs are built on a strong foundation of technical courses with an emphasis on communication, making for limitless career potential.
  • CWU grads land internships and high-paying jobs with national and international firms. With a nearly 100 percent placement rate — oftentimes before graduation — and starting salaries of about $60,000, their degrees immediately begin to pay off.
Why this program?
  • Our faculty collaborate with students on research and publications and provide proactive advising to keep them on track and job ready.
  • Classes are held in the Hogue Technology Building, one of the nation’s most advanced facilities for industrial and engineering technology.
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Elementary Education
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Denise Shaw
509-963-2259
Denise.Shaw@cwu.edu

Department Website:
Description

Do you want to touch lives and make a difference in educating the future? Or experience that moment when your student’s struggle to learn a concept turns into mastery? CWU provides future and seasoned teachers the specialized skills necessary to teach diverse learners. CWU's Elementary Education major prepares students to become teaching specialists for kindergarten through eighth grade students.

Opportunities

It's highly advised that students simultaneously complete the early childhood and elementary education major. Completion of this program as a double major and other teacher certification requirements will lead graduates to a Washington State teaching certificate with Early Childhood (birth–grade 3) and Elementary Education (K–grade 8) endorsements.

Why this program?

CWU's teacher education program is the 12th largest in the country. Students in CWU's program are prepared to be outstanding educational leaders and facilitators of learning. Graduates of the program are prepared to work with diverse school populations. 

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English and Language Arts Teaching
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Bobby Cummings
509-963-1075
bobby.cummings@cwu.edu

Department Website:
Description

The English/Language Arts Teaching Major, in combination with the Professional Education Program, prepares you for a teaching career in middle, junior, and high schools. Our program blends knowledge of English studies with methods of teaching language arts, including courses on teaching multicultural literature, young adult literature, and writing.

Opportunities

Clear and concise writing, analytical thinking, persuasiveness, and precision are all valuable skills for a wide range of fields including teaching.

Why this program?

Students involved in this program will find numerous opportunities to write and publish their work and to meet professionals in the field through activities and organizations such as Manastash (Student Literary Journal), Inklings Creative Writer's Club, Lion Rock Visiting Writers Series and Central Washington Writing Project.

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English Language and Literature
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Christine Sutphin
509-963-3433
christine.sutphin@cwu.edu

Department Website:
Description

The study of language and literature teaches students the decision making, problem solving, and sequencing that result in compelling communication. The intensive study of language and literature also enables students to understand human cultures and acquaints us with the world's most brilliant thinkers.

Opportunities

A degree in English opens the door to just about any career that requires clear thinking and compelling expression, including teaching, publishing, the law, public policy development and journalism.

Why this program?

Katharine Whitcomb, professor of creative writing, was named 2016 Distinguished Teaching Professor at CWU. Whitcomb, who is also associate dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, was a key contributor to the creation of the Online Professional and Creative Writing program.

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Environmental Geosciences
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Nick Zentner
509-963-2828
nick.zentner@cwu.edu

Department Website:
Description

Environmental Geosciences focuses on the interactions between solid Earth and the atmosphere and hydrosphere, including groundwater, soils, and climate.

Opportunities

Geoscientists are highly sought after in fields such as environmental consulting, assessing geologic hazards, naturalists in state and national parks and forests, in oceanography, geophysics, geochemistry and engineering geology, oil and gas exploration, and searching for new mineral deposits.

Why this program?

You will learn and perform research in CWU’s new $64 million state-of-the-art science building that has specialized labs designed for the geological sciences department, including optics and lasers labs, and an ice core lab. CWU offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Geological Sciences and Environmental Geoscience and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Geology and Geology Teaching. You can also earn a minor or a master's degree in geology.

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Environmental Studies
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Pamela McMullin-Messier
509-963-2222
pamela.mcmullin-messier@cwu.edu

Department Website:
Description

Environmental Studies helps you understand the challenges facing our environment. The interdisciplinary program incorporates biology, geography, and geology to offer a comprehensive view of the world and how we can ensure it continues to thrive.

Opportunities

The environmental studies program is a chance to experience hands-on learning outside of the classroom and make a difference.

Why this program?

Environmental studies majors have healthy job prospects and high job satisfaction, according to a recent study in Forbes Magazine.

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Exercise Science
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Cyndie Strawder
509-963-1912
StrawdeC@cwu.edu

Department Website:
Description

Exercise Science prepares students for a variety of professions that focus on the physical and functional abilities of humans. Many classes provide hands-on learning through structured laboratories, practical application of studied theory, and internships.

Opportunities

Exercise Science prepares students for a variety of professions that focus on the physical and functional abilities of humans. Many classes provide hands-on learning through structured laboratories, practical application of studied theory, and internships.

Why this program?

At CWU you can earn a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, as well as a minor. In 2016, CWU teamed with Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences to join the Yakima Valley Interprofessional Practice and Education Initiative, which seeks to produce and develop new collaborative approaches to regional healthcare while also improving access to care.

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Family and Child Life
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Amy Claridge
509-963-2758
Amy.Claridge@cwu.edu

Department Website:
Description

Family and Consumer Sciences provides an opportunity for students to learn about a wide variety of subjects ranging from apparel, textiles and merchandising and global wine studies to family and child life and recreation, tourism and events.

Opportunities

Family and Consumer Sciences offers an amazingly broad spectrum of programs for students interested in studying the role of individuals within families and as consumers. Majors include global wine studies, apparel, textiles and merchandising, and business and marketing teacher preparation.

Why this program?

Family and Consumer Sciences majors learn tangible skills about concrete subjects that easily translate into opportunities in the real world. Our graduates learn about concerns that relate to basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing, and relationships.

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Family and Consumer Sciences
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Alex Lange
509-963-2766
alex.lange@cwu.edu

Department Website:
Description

Family and Consumer Sciences provides an opportunity for students to learn about a wide variety of subjects ranging from apparel, textiles and merchandising, and global wine studies to family and child life and recreation, tourism and events.

Opportunities

Family and Consumer Sciences offers an amazingly broad spectrum of programs for students interested in studying the role of individuals within families and as consumers. Majors include global wine studies, apparel, textiles and merchandising, and business and marketing teacher preparation.

Why this program?

Family and Consumer Sciences majors learn tangible skills about concrete subjects that easily translate into opportunities in the real world. Our graduates learn about concerns that relate to basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing, and relationships.

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Family and Consumer Sciences Teaching
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Alex Lange
509-963-2766
langeA@cwu.edu

Department Website:
Description

Students in Family and Consumer Sciences can touch lives, focusing on areas such as child development, family relations, consumer economics, personal finance, fashion design, and business and marketing teacher preparation. They learn about issues that affect individuals, families and communities.

Opportunities

At CWU, students who wish to teach family and consumer sciences will learn about developing interpersonal communication, oral presentation skills, leadership, problem solving, and conflict resolution. Graduates can go on to teaching careers that help educate the next generation of students on issues that affect their lives and their communities.

Why this program?

CWU is definitley the school of choice if your dream is to become a teacher. CWU alumni have won five Washington State Teacher of the Year awards since 2005 and CWU is ranked eighth regionally (Washington, Oregon, and California) as a top teacher preparation institution, according to the National Council on Teacher Quality.

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Film Studies
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Jon Ward
509-963-2893
jon.ward@cwu.edu

Department Website:
Description

CWU Film Studies majors learn to view film as an art form, a personal or cultural expression, and as a commercial endeavor.

Opportunities

In addition to following their creative muses, students in the CWU Film Studies program develop and hone their technical, analytical, research, and writing skills as they learn to produce and critique films and videos.

Why this program?

You get to make movies. How cool is that?

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Food Science and Nutrition
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Dana Ogan
509-963-1912
dana.ogan@cwu.edu

Department Website:
Description

The Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Nutrition degree features two specializations. The Food and Nutrition Specialization provides a broad area of expertise and prepares students for a wide variety of careers in the food and nutrition industries. The Dietetics Specialization allows students to complete a minor in a field that relates to professional career advancement.

Opportunities

Students in the food and nutrition specialization are prepared for a wide variety of careers in the food and nutrition industry including food processing companies, food distributors, food brokerage companies, restaurant and institutional food service, pharmaceutical sales, and nutrition positions not requiring being a registered dietitian. Students in the dietetics specialization are qualified to apply for admission to an ACEND Accredited Supervised Practice Experience also known as a Dietetic Internship. Following this the student is eligible to sit for the registration examination. Passing the registration exam qualifies the graduate to become a Registered Dietitian (R.D.).

Why this program?

CWU offers a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Nutrition with specializations in foods and nutrition and dietetics. The Dietetics specialization plus two additional courses (PSY 101 and ANTH 130 or 357) fulfills the requirements of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics for a Didactic Program in Dietetics. The DPD program is currently granted continuing accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

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French
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Ralf Bane
509-963-1218
wlang_dept@cwu.edu

Department Website:
Description

French is the only language, besides English, that is considered a global language, meaning it is spoken throughout the world. It is the language spoken by the United States’ largest trading partner, Canada, and is the international language of cooking, fashion, architecture, and theater.

Opportunities

According to the Consulate General of France, an ability to speak French is an advantage on the international job market. France is the world’s fifth largest economy and number three destination for foreign investment.

Why this program?

France is the world’s number one tourist destination, attracting more than 70 million visitors each year. Being able to speak French makes a visit to Paris or the other regions of France much more enjoyable and rewarding. Ça te dit?

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Geography
Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Monica Reece-Bruya
509-963-1188
monica.reece-bruya@cwu.edu

Department Website:
Description

At CWU, geography is more than maps and charts—it is a vibrant field of study that involves hands-on, real-life involvement in finding solutions that will enhance the future. You’ll enjoy multiple field trips in locations that range from large cities to remote wilderness areas.

Opportunities

CWU boasts one of the finest Geographic Information System (GIS) teaching and research laboratories in the Northwest. There is a biogeography lab, a soils lab, and a hydrology lab in which students and faculty members conduct research. Central offers a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Geography with specializations in geographic information science and environmental and resource geography.

Why this program?

Elvin Delgado, CWU assistant professor of geography, is one of only five public university faculty members to receive the coveted Rep. Timm Ormsby Citizenship Award. The award was created in 2013 in Ormsby’s honor, in recognition of his efforts to promote civic leadership throughout Washington State. The award “seeks to encourage, recognize and honor exemplary civic engagement.”

CWU is home to the prestigious Center for Spatial Information and Research (CSIR), which coordinates and enhances the application of established and emerging technologies used to create, manage and analyze spatial information.

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Geology
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Nick Zentner
509-963-2828
nick.zentner@cwu.edu

Department Website:
Description

Want to improve your understanding of the world around you? Want to learn the details behind current important topics like climate, hydrogeology, environmental and geologic hazards? Then geology is a good fit for you.

Opportunities

CWU geology emphasizes stimulating classroom, laboratory, and field experiences with dynamic faculty members whose teaching and research interests span the spectrum of geological problems.

Why this program?

At CWU you can earn a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts in Geology, a Bachelor of Arts in Geology Teaching, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geosciences. Geology also offers a minor and master's program.

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Geology with Teaching Endorsement
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Crystal Weddington
509-963-2660
crystal.weddington@cwu.edu

Department Website:
Description

Science teachers are in high demand in Washington State and across the country. CWU graduates enjoy fulfilling careers, with many employment options. Science teachers get to share their love of science and make a difference in their community.

Opportunities

In Washington K-12 schools, about one teacher in five is a CWU graduate. CWU’s reputation as the top choice for educator preparation comes from a history of producing the state’s best educators, leading education change, and providing diverse opportunities for certification and field experience.

Why this program?

When quality and affordability are both taken into account, CWU’s School of Education offers a best value to its students. That’s the assessment of the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), which recently released its ‘Best Value’ ratings of colleges of education across the United States. It is the first time that a national education policy organization has conducted a comprehensive review of quality paired with affordability.

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Graphic Design
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Department Contact:

Gregg Schlanger
509-963-2665
gregg.schlanger@cwu.edu

Department Website:
Description

The study of graphic arts is about conveying emotion or information, or telling a story—but using images and design as well as words. Graphic artists learn critical thinking as well as the fundamentals of design, style, typography, illustration, and sequential art.

Opportunities

Students learn how to create an effective design through the exploration of digital and print media. As part of the graphic design program, students complete a summer internship with a professional design agency or company, and learn by doing it themselves.

Why this program?

• According to BurningGlass.com, a national graphic market analysis organization, 91% of employers prefer a job candidate to have a degree.
• CWU’s graphic arts program ranks in the top 10% among graphic arts programs in the U.S. (and #1 in Washington), according to the web site, Graphic Schools.com.

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Health Careers
Pre-Professional
Department Contact:

Exploratory Advising
509-963-2722
exploratory@cwu.edu

Department Website:
Description

Central Washington University provides many opportunities for those interested in health careers.

Opportunities

Students receive non-degree advising and guidance for one of our pre-professional health care programs that leads them toward degrees that prepare them for completing their health care program elsewhere.

Why this program?

Central's pre-professional program options are pre-chiropractic, pre-dental hygiene, pre-dentistry, pre-medical technology, pre-medicine, pre-nursing, pre-occupational therapy, pre-pharmacy, pre-physical therapy, pre-physician assistant, pre-respiratory therapy, and pre-veterinary.

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Heritage Spanish
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Ralf Bane
509-963-1218
WLang_Dept@cwu.edu

Department Website:
Description

The focus of the Heritage Spanish major is to help Spanish speakers who communicate effectively in their home or community language, or who have lived in a Spanish-speaking country for an extended period of time, to more fully develop their Spanish language competency.

Opportunities

Studying Heritage Spanish offers native Spanish speakers, who would largely be considered bilingual, to gain greater mastery of the language both in oral and written form.

Why this program?

At CWU, the Heritage Spanish major is specifically designed for students who have a personal, familial, or community connection to Spanish to develop Spanish language proficiency. It provides students with an opportunity to build upon their existing linguistic and cultural knowledge.

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History
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Jason Knirck
509-963-2422
jason.knirck@cwu.edu

Department Website:
Description

Historians are the masters of establishing meaning by studying the people and artifacts that came before us. The study of history is ideal for students interested in developing career skills in research, writing, argumentation, and documentation.

Opportunities

History students learn to interpret and give meaning to the events of the past, which can often provide insights into why things are the way they are today. Such skills are transferable to wide variety of fields including journalism, the law, analytics, and law enforcement.

Why this program?

Being a history teacher rates 4 out of 5 (highly satisfied) in career satisfaction. History teachers make $71,000 a year at mid-career.

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History/Social Studies Teaching
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Jason Knirck

knirkj@cwu.edu

Department Website:
Description

This major satisfies the Washington State endorsements for History and Social Studies. This major is designed for students in the secondary teacher training program. Students taking this major are required to complete the professional education program requirements offered through the Education Department.

Opportunities

A degree in history can be a doorway to a career as an archivist, curator, documentary editor, historian, lawyer, librarian, lobbyist, and researcher.

Why this program?

Being a history teacher rates 4 out of 5 (highly satisfied) in career satisfaction. History teachers make $71,000 a year at mid-career.

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Industrial Technology
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Darren Olson
509-963-1913
Darren.Olson@cwu.edu

Department Website:
Description

Industrial and engineering technology professionals are creative and technically proficient. They are valued by employers in all types of industries for helping improve efficiency, employee safety, and profitability. The placement rate for graduates is nearly 100 percent.

Opportunities
  • An engineering, safety, or construction degree from CWU opens doors to some of the hottest careers in the country. All programs are built on a strong foundation of technical courses with an emphasis on communication, making for limitless career potential.
  • CWU grads land internships and high-paying jobs with national and international firms. With a nearly 100 percent placement rate — oftentimes before graduation — and starting salaries of about $60,000, their degrees immediately begin to pay off.
Why this program?
  • Our faculty collaborate with students on research and publications and provide proactive advising to keep them on track and job ready.
  • Classes are held in the Hogue Technology Building, one of the nation’s most advanced facilities for industrial and engineering technology.
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Information Technology and Administrative Management
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Robert Lupton
509-963-1789
robert.lupton@cwu.edu

Department Website:
Description

The Information Technology and Administrative Management (ITAM) department prepares students for success in high demand careers and job advancement in the modern workforce through industry-driven programs, great teaching, and personal advising.

Opportunities

One of ITAM’s core values is creating access to a quality education for all types of learners. From adults re-entering the workforce to returning veterans to seasoned professionals seeking a career shift, higher education serves a widely varied segment of the population. Students in the ITAM program can learn via face-to-face instruction or online classes.

Why this program?

OnlineColleges.net recently ranked CWU’s ITAM as their #2 program in Information Technolo-gy saying this degree, "helps students develop the technical skills they need to succeed in the IT industry."

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Information Technology and Administrative Management (ITAM) Online
Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Applied Science
Department Contact:

Laurie Stehle
509-963-2228
ITAMinfo@cwu.edu

Department Website:
Description

CWU's offers two options for an an online Information Technology and Administrative Management (ITAM) degree that prepares students for information technology, administrative management or retail management and technology careers. Students can earn a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Applied Science in ITAM. Both degrees are entirely online. 

 

 

Opportunities

According to Forbes magazine, 14 of the top 25 highest paying in-demand jobs in America today are technology related. Students in Central's ITAM program choose to specialize in administrative management, information technology, cybersecurity, and retail management and technology. 

Why this program?

This program is 100 percent online and is designed for students who have already completed an associate degree or a bachelor degree in any field. CWU accepts ITT transfer credits. 

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Information Technology Specialization
Bachelor of Applied Science
Department Contact:

Robert Lupton
509-963-1789
Robert.Lupton@cwu.edu

Department Website:
Description

The IT specialization targets the soft-skills/management classes specifically to the management of IT projects and departments.

Opportunities

A computer-related associate degree is required for admission to this specialization where IT professionals receive relevant coursework in management leading to a baccalaureate degree in a timely fashion - without duplicating the prior technical education you have already received.

Why this program?

Central Washington University’s master of science in Information Technology and Administrative Management is ranked one of the top ten one-year online master’s degree programs in the U.S., according to bestmastersdegrees.com. Schools were ranked based on value, affordability, and the ability of the student to complete the degree in one-year.

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Instructional Foundations
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Ian Loverro
509-963-1252
Ian.Loverro@cwu.edu

Department Website:
Description

This degree program is designed for students who wish to have a background in instructional pedagogy but who do not want to complete the requirements for a teaching certification.

Opportunities

Those who complete the program will be prepared to work in settings requiring expertise in the foundations of education, such as training programs in business and industry, serve programs at educational institutions, and private child care facilities.

Why this program?

Curriculum and instruction careers are in demand. Jobs in this field are expected to increase by more than 13 percent during the next decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Integrated Energy Management
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Elvin Delgado
509-963-2184
elvin.delgado@cwu.edu

Department Website:
Description

CWU is the first university in the Pacific Northwest with an institute that addresses energy issues from both conventional and alternative energy sources, with a special focus on energy management. The Institute for Integrated Energy Studies provides a unique interdisciplinary approach to provide education, research, and training in the areas of conventional and renewable energy resources.

Opportunities

There is a pressing and severe need for quality and qualified employees in the energy sector. Upon graduation, you’ll be qualified to work in a wide range of careers, including energy policy, energy management services, energy business, energy plant manager, and energy forecasting. These diverse careers can be found within private, public and non-for-profit organizations at local, state, and federal government agencies.

Why this program?

No other university in the state offers this particular type of interdisciplinary education in response to current and future professional work place needs.

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Interdisciplinary Studies - Social Sciences Online
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Nicole Dunn
509-859-4930
nicole.dunn@cwu.edu

Department Website:
Description

Central’s Interdisciplinary Studies-Social Sciences degree allows you to choose courses from several disciplines to meet your interests and professional goals.

Opportunities

Graduates of this degree find jobs in a variety of occupations, ranging from corporate to social services, depending upon their primary emphasis among the various disciplines within the social science category. This degree also provides excellent preparation for graduate studies in psychology, sociology, social work, and political science.

Why this program?

The Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies Social Sciences is conveniently offered online and is for students who are interested in broader options in course selection than are possible within a traditional departmental major and who want to specialize their course of study according to individual interests and professional/educational aspirations. 

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Interdisciplinary Studies-Social Sciences
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Alena Yastchenko
509-963-3706
alena.yastchenko@cwu.edu

Department Website:
Description

Central’s Interdisciplinary Studies-Social Sciences degree allows you to choose courses from several disciplines to meet your interests and professional goals.

Opportunities

The Interdisciplinary Studies-Social Sciences major is designed for the student with interests that don’t fall within the traditional departmental major boundaries. It allows the student to design his or her own major, within the social science fields, and incorporate classes that are of interest to that student.

Why this program?

The Interdisciplinary Studies-Social Sciences major is conveniently offered at seven locations, including: Des Moines, Ellensburg campus, Everett, Lynnwood, Moses Lake, Pierce County, Wenatchee, and Yakima, as well as online.

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Japanese
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Ralf Bane
509-963-1218
ralf.bane@cwu.edu

Department Website:
Description

Japan is one of America’s most important trading partners and has had close economic and societal ties to the U.S. in the past half-century. Students interested in the Pacific Rim would benefit from understanding the language, culture and history of the home of Sony, Pokemon, Hello Kitty, and Toyota.

Opportunities

As the world becomes increasingly global, students proficient in Japanese will be well-positioned for positions in government, finance, tourism, translation, teaching, and international relations. CWU offers a BA and a minor in Japanese, as well as a BA in Japanese teaching.

Why this program?

Japan boasts one of the oldest and most culturally rich societies in the world. Studying Japanese at CWU offers opportunities to study abroad and learn more about the history, people, and culture of this fascinating country.

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Journalistic Writing and Reporting
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Cynthia Mitchell
509-963-1063
cynthia.mitchell@cwu.edu

Department Website:
Description

As a digital journalism student, you’ll gain experience in reporting and writing about important events, people and things, producing and editing video and still photography, designing for print and the web, and understanding how to create powerful online and social media platforms.

Opportunities

Perhaps the greatest skill a journalism student will gain is being a critical thinker and someone who knows how to distill large amounts of information into easily understandable end products. Journalism students are highly sought-after for their writing, communicating, and researching abilities. CWU offers a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Journalism. Students choose to specialize in journalistic writing and reporting or broadcast journalism.

Why this program?

Central digital journalism students learn how to question, investigate, interpret, and communicate—with great accuracy and on deadline. Such skills are invaluable in a wide variety of fields including the law, government, public agencies, advertising, public relations, and social studies.

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Law and Justice
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Michael Hanscom
509-963-3219
michael.hanscom@cwu.edu

Department Website:
Description

Protecting the rights of others and ensuring the public’s safety and security is not only noble but satisfying. The study of law and justice prepares students for employment and to respect the rights of individuals in their professional roles.

Opportunities

Graduates of this program go on to serve as correction officers, juvenile justice officers, law enforcement officers, and wildlife agents.

Why this program?

Careers in these fields are in growing demand. • Law and Justice provides a solid background for career entry and is a logical pathway for graduate and law school.

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Law and Justice Online
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Cody Stoddard
509-963-3252
Cody.Stoddard@cwu.edu

Department Website:
Description

Protecting the rights of others and ensuring the public’s safety and security is not only noble but satisfying. The study of law and justice prepares students for employment and to respect the rights of individuals in their professional roles.

Opportunities

Graduates of this program go on to serve as correction officers, juvenile justice officers, law enforcement officers, and wildlife agents.

Why this program?

CWU's online law and justice program was name #2 in the Top 50 Best Value Online Criminal Justice Programs of 2016. 

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Linguistics
Minor
Department Contact:

Christine Sutphin
509-963-3433
Christine.Sutphin@cwu.edu

Department Website:
Description

The study of linguistics teaches students to broaden their understanding of language and language acquisition.

Opportunities

Students can minor in linguistics at CWU. Clear and concise writing, analytical thinking, persuasiveness, and precision are all valuable skills for a wide range of fields ranging from advertising and public relations to business and law.

Why this program?

Students involved in this program will find numerous opportunities to write and publish their work and to meet professionals in the field through activities and organizations.

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Mathematics
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Stuart Boersma
509-963-1395
stuart.boersma@cwu.edu

Department Website:
Description

Studying mathematics isn’t just about numbers. It’s also about recognizing patterns and understanding the logic of shapes, quantities, and arrangements. It is the building blocks of everything around us whether its money, architecture, electronics, or even sports.

Opportunities

Let’s face it—mathematicians are the rock stars of computer science, economic forecasting, energy resources, risk management, medicine, finance, and other businesses. Careers in fields with a solid basis in mathematics are among the fastest growing and rewarding.

Why this program?

CareerCast ranked careers involving mathematics (data scientist and statistician) as the top two jobs in 2016. It also projected a 23 percent increase in job growth for mathematicians by 2022.

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Mechanical Engineering Technology
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Roger Beardsley
509-963-1596
Roger.Beardsley@cwu.edu

Department Website:
Description

Industrial and engineering technology professionals are creative and technically proficient. They are valued by employers in all types of industries for helping improve efficiency, employee safety, and profitability. The placement rate for graduates is nearly 100 percent.

Opportunities
  • An engineering, safety, or construction degree from CWU opens doors to some of the hottest careers in the country. All programs are built on a strong foundation of technical courses with an emphasis on communication, making for limitless career potential.
  • CWU grads land internships and high-paying jobs with national and international firms. With a nearly 100 percent placement rate — oftentimes before graduation — and starting salaries of about $60,000, their degrees immediately begin to pay off.
Why this program?
  • Our faculty collaborate with students on research and publications and provide proactive advising to keep them on track and job ready.
  • Classes are held in the Hogue Technology Building, one of the nation’s most advanced facilities for industrial and engineering technology.
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Middle Level Humanities
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Denise Shaw
509-963-2259
Denise.Shaw@cwu.edu

Department Website:
Description

Do you want to touch lives and make a difference in educating the future? Or experience that moment when your student’s struggle to learn a concept turns into mastery? Becoming a teacher may be the perfect choice for you. 

Opportunities

The Bachelor of Arts in Middle Level Humanities is for students seeking careers in teaching English language arts and social studies (economics, history, geography, social studies and civics) in middle school, which covers grades fifth through eighth. 

Why this program?

CWU's teacher education program is the 12th largest in the country. Students in CWU's program are prepared to be outstanding educational leaders and facilitators of learning. CWU provides future and seasoned teachers the specialized skills necessary to teach diverse learners.

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Middle Level Mathematics and Science Teaching
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Mark Oursland
509-963-2100
oursland@cwu.edu

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Description

Math teachers will tell you that few things are as satisfying as seeing a student figure out a difficult mathematical equation for the first time. CWU’s middle level mathematics and science teaching program is designed for students who want to teach math and science at the middle school level (grades 5-8).

Opportunities

Students in the middle level mathematics teaching program gain valuable instruction in linear algebra, geometry, statistics, discrete mathematics, and beginning calculus. Students will also learn pedagogy in courses that encompass student assessment, teaching in the classroom, and managing classrooms.

Why this program?

Central Washington University's Endorsement-Only Program is available to certified teachers who hold the Washington State initial, residency, continuing, or professional teaching certificate and who wish to add a teaching endorsement to their certificate.

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Military Science
Minor
Department Contact:

Jonathan Ackiss
509-963-3518
jonathan.ackiss@cwu.edu

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Description

Founded in 1981, the nationally ranked Army ROTC “Wildcat Battalion,” has a mission to recruit, teach, coach, mentor and commission outstanding scholars, athletes and leaders who possess character and conviction to proudly serve our Nation.

Opportunities

• Develop discipline and hone abilities and skills in leadership development, problem solving, professional ethics, and strategic planning, while training to become an officer in the United States Military and a fulfilling civilian career.
• Have your college paid for in part, or fully, through scholarships.

Why this program?

CWU's Army ROTC program is award winning and nationally regarded. The Wildcat Battalion has won multiple Ranger Challenge competitions against competing ROTCs from colleges and universities throughout the western United States and beyond.

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Molecular and Cell Biology Specialization
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Mari Knirck
509-963-2731
mari.knirck@cwu.edu

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Description

Molecular and Cell Biology is the study of fundamental processes that form the basis of biological life and the techniques used to study these processes. This specialization prepares you for entry into graduate degree programs, professional programs in the biomedical fields, or jobs in biomedical/agricultural research labs in government and industry.

Opportunities

There are many and varied opportunities for students pursuing a degree with the Molecular and Cell Biology specialization. You’ll find a wide spectrum of careers that demand the technical skills you learn with this program, from biotechnology research to the health professions.

Why this program?

You’ll have numerous opportunities to work closely with professors on meaningful research. In addition to studying genetics, physiology, microbiology and developmental biology, you’ll also gain the technical skills to work with advanced scientific technology. Our advisors will work closely with you to prepare a curriculum that will best meet your needs.

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Music Composition
Bachelor of Music
Department Contact:

Sara Carroll
509-963-1216
carrollsa@cwu.edu

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Description

Like to make your own music? The bachelor of music in composition offers an opportunity for students who have command of their instrument to become an informed, artistic, and more successful composer of music.

Opportunities

In CWU’s music department, your professors will work closely with you to help you grow as a musician, both personally and professionally. At Central we encourage you to explore all types of music, and provide numerous opportunities to develop your talent.

Why this program?
  • In 2016, the Chamber Choir toured Spain to participate in prestigious 47th Annual Tolosa International Choir Competition. The choir also visited León, Spain where they performed in the magnificent Santa María de León Cathedral, also called The House of Light.
  • Recently, CWU was the only university on the West Coast invited to perform at the prestigious national Jazz Educators Network (JEN) conference.
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Music Education
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Sara Carroll
509-963-1216
sara.carroll@cwu.edu

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Description

Want to teach music in the public schools?  The bachelor of music in education offers specializations in broad area, instrumental, and choral music education, setting all majors up with a quality preparation for teaching, along with a k12 Washington State Certification.

Opportunities

In CWU’s music department, your professors will work closely with you to help you grow as a musician, both personally and professionally. At Central we develop strong musicians who are prepared to enter the schools as distinguished music teachers.

Why this program?

CWU holds the largest constituents of alumni in the music education world, with over forty percent of Washington state public school music teachers graduating from Central!  The quality of music teacher preparation is second to none, and the mentorship our students receive is invaluable to the profession.

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Music Performance, BM
Bachelor of Music
Department Contact:

Sara Carroll
509-963-1216
sara.carroll@cwu.edu

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Description

For most musicians, nothing beats playing in front of an audience! This degree is ideal for musicians dedicated to the pursuit of a professional performance career. Students pursuing a performance concentration may choose to study from a wide variety of specializations that include voice, piano, and all orchestral and band instruments.

Opportunities

In CWU’s music department, your professors will work closely with you to help you grow as a musician, both personally and professionally. At Central we encourage you to explore all types of music, and provide numerous opportunities to develop your talent.

Why this program?
  • In 2016, the Chamber Choir toured Spain to participate in prestigious 47th Annual Tolosa International Choir Competition. The choir also visited León, Spain where they performed in the magnificent Santa María de León Cathedral, also called The House of Light.
  • In 2015, Jazz Band 1 performed on stage at the Monterey Jazz Festival.
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Music, BA
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Sara Carroll
509-963-1216
sara.carroll@cwu.edu

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Description

In CWU’s music department, we like to say that teaching is a performing art, and that performing is a team sport. Our professors are world-renowned professional musicians who are dedicated to nurturing your particular talent. And we offer many opportunities to join ensembles, choirs, or groups, because nothing develops your musicianship more than performing with other musicians. CWU offers a Bachelor of Arts in Music. 

Opportunities

The Jerilyn S. McIntyre Music Building was designed and built specifically for our music program. Both the visual and acoustical qualities of our building have raised the bar for educational facilities across the country. The 600-seat Concert Hall provides an unparalleled environment for musical performances.

Why this program?

In 2016, the Chamber Choir toured Spain to participate in prestigious 47th Annual Tolosa International Choir Competition. In 2015, Jazz Band 1 performed on stage at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Recently, CWU was the only university on the West Coast invited to perform at the prestigious national Jazz Educators Network (JEN) conference. CWU has the largest National Association for Music Educators student chapter in the United States.

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Network Management Specialization
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Robert Lupton
Robert.Lupton@cwu.edu
509-963-1789

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Description

The Information Technology and Administrative Management (ITAM) department prepares students for success in high demand careers and job advancement in the modern workforce through industry-driven programs, quality teaching, and personal advising.

Opportunities

Network Administration and Management students become qualified business professionals prepared to pursue careers that apply a wide variety of network administration skills. Graduates in the Network Administration specialization secure positions as network administrators, network analysts, network managers and more.

Why this program?

Central Washington University’s master of science in Information Technology and Administrative Management is ranked one of the top ten one-year online master’s degree programs in the U.S., according to bestmastersdegrees.com. Schools were ranked based on value, affordability, and the ability of the student to complete the degree in one year.

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Paramedicine
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Keith Monosky
509-963-1145
Keith.Monosky@cwu.edu

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Description

This program provides comprehensive education in paramedicine. The four-year degree in paramedicine provides an intensive two-year concentration in paramedicine that not only enables student eligibility for paramedic certification, but provides content to engender leadership and advanced clinical practice abilities in emergency medical services.

Opportunities

Central Washington University EMS Paramedicine Program has a long history of maintaining high academic standards and skill requirements for our graduates that often exceed both state and national minimum standards for paramedic programs. This translates into a very busy, very intense year of learning, both in the classroom and in the field. This level of academic rigor prepares the students not only for successful completion of the national certification exam, but for a rewarding and accomplished career as a professional paramedic.

Why this program?

CWU offers a Bachelor of Science in Paramedicine as well as a fully online Bachelor of Science in Paramedicine, Advanced Standing. You can also earn an emergency medical technician or a paramedic certificate. CWU's program is recognized as one of the best, with content that meets or exceeds the National Education Standards for EMS. About 97 percent of graduates pass the National Registry exam on the first attempt and a job-placement rate of nearly 100 percent

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Paramedicine (Hybrid) Online
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Keith Monosky
509-963-1145
Keith.Monosky@cwu.edu

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Description

The online component of the EMS Paramedicine Major is designed for students who already possess a current and valid certification as a paramedic from an authorized training institution and want to complete their Bachelor Degree in Paramedicine at Central Washington University.

Opportunities

Central Washington University EMS Paramedicine Program has a long history of maintaining high academic standards and skill requirements for our graduates that often exceed both state and national minimum standards for paramedic programs. 

Why this program?

The online paramedicine program at Central is accredited and meets all of the national and Washington State standards in paramedic education. CWU's program is recognized as one of the best, with content that meets or exceeds the National Education Standards for EMS. About 97 percent of graduates pass the National Registry exam on the first attempt and a job-placement rate of nearly 100 percent

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Philosophy
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Matthew Altman
509-963-2839
altmanm@cwu.edu

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Description

A day in the life of a philosophy student? Tackling questions about ethics, reality, and social justice. Getting to know the world's most brilliant minds, past and present. When you've finished this degree you'll have the intellectual tools and scholarly background necessary for a deep, critical understanding of human experience.

Opportunities

Philosophy is the study of ideas and values. Study in philosophy develops the critical thinking and logic essential to virtually every career. Our alumni enjoy careers in law, public policy, business, politics and more. CWU offers a BA in philosophy studies. Students can choose to specialize in religious studies.

Why this program?

CWU students in the Philosophy & Religious Studies Department can expect to apply their ideas to public importance, like religious diversity and tolerance, and social justice and mass incarceration. Working closely with faculty, students will do their own research and present it at national conferences. presentation at SOURCE on the professional value of philosophy and religious studies.

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Physical Education Activity
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Marni Fox
509-963-2482
marni.fox@cwu.edu

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Description

Students with this major learn the values of healthy and active lifestyles; healthy and sustainable communities, service, and life-long learning.

Opportunities

Students in the program enjoy a cohort-based curriculum, low student to faculty ratios, personal advising, and nationally recognized faculty members.

Why this program?

The Physical Education Activity program seeks to develop personal skills promoting personal fitness, maintaining health, building morale and establishing an interest in future recreational activities. Classes offered include PE, fitness, aquatics, and team sports. 

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Physical Education and School Health
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Marni Fox
509-963-2482
Marni.Fox@cwu.edu

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Description

Are you interested in becoming a PE teacher? Then Central's Physical Education and School Health program is a great choice for you. This two-year dynamic and innovative teacher-education program is designed to develop competent physical education and health professionals for K-12 school settings. 

Opportunities

The goal of the PE and School Health program is to prepare students to become effective teachers who will dedicate themselves to helping children of all ability levels to become competent, skillful, motivated, and active individuals. Students earn a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and School Health. 

Why this program?

Central's PE and School Health program aligns with state and national standards of quality and is tailored to meet student needs and success. Students receive personal and customized advising and learn from nationally recognized faculty in an intimate class setting. They also have many opportunities to get invovled in majors clubs and attend and participate in national events and conferences. 

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Physics
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Deanna Marshall
509-963-3005
deanna.marshall@cwu.edu

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Description

Unlike some other universities—where physics teaching is heavy on listening but light on doing—CWU physics undergraduates work one-on-one with award-winning professors, performing research in state-of-the-art facilities, and presenting results at national and international conferences.

Opportunities

Physics is the study of everything in the universe both big and small. It’s the pathway to careers in chemistry, oceanography, seismology, astronomy as well as medicine and biology. It prepares you to work in the forefront in science and technology.

Why this program?

It’s pretty simple—we have great physics professors at Central who have gained national and regional recognition for their teaching and research. And because our focus is on undergraduate teaching, you learn directly from those professors!

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Physics Teaching Endorsement
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Deanna Marshall
509-963-3005
deanna.marshall@cwu.edu

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Description

Unlike some other universities—where physics teaching is heavy on listening but light on doing—CWU physics undergraduates work one-on-one with award-winning professors, performing research in state-of-the-art facilities, and presenting results at national and international conferences.

Opportunities

Physics is the study of everything in the universe both big and small. It’s the pathway to careers in chemistry, oceanography, seismology, astronomy as well as medicine and biology. It prepares you to work in the forefront in science and technology.

Why this program?

It’s pretty simple—we have great physics professors at Central who have gained national and regional recognition for their teaching and research.

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Physics/Engineering Dual Degree
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Deanna Marshall
509-963-3005
deanna.marshall@cwu.edu

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Description

This dual degree program enables students to receive a baccalaureate degree in physics from CWU and a Bachelor of Science from an appropriate engineering institution in a respective engineering discipline.

Opportunities

Physics is the study of everything in the universe both big and small. It’s the pathway to careers in chemistry, oceanography, seismology, astronomy as well as medicine and biology. It prepares you to work in the forefront in science and technology.

Why this program?

It’s pretty simple—we have great physics professors at Central who have gained national and regional recognition for their teaching and research. And because our focus is on undergraduate teaching, you learn directly from those professors!

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Political Science
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Todd Schaefer
509-963-3675
todd.schaefer@cwu.edu

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Description

Political Science is the study of the forces that govern our world. A student of political science learns how political power is distributed, how governments and government agencies operate, how rules and regulations are made and enforced, and how politics affect every aspect of our lives.

Opportunities

Political science students position themselves for a wide variety of careers ranging from lawyer or social advocate to journalist or research analyst.

Why this program?

At CWU, political science students have access to professors involved in a broad spectrum of political research including international politics, Chicano/Latino studies, Asian geopolitical issues, constitutional law and democratic theory, public opinion, African politics, European political issues, and women’s studies.

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Primate Behavior and Ecology
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Lori Sheeran
509-963-1434
SheeranL@cwu.edu

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Description

CWU has long been a leader in the field of primate behavior and habitats. Using an interdisciplinary approach to studying primates, students can learn about subjects like nonverbal primate communication, environment and ecology, primate social behavior, and animal conservation.

Opportunities

Only 20 miles west of the Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest, home of seven chimpanzees, CWU offers a chance for students to engage, first-hand, in the field of chimpanzee care and husbandry.

Why this program?
  • The graduate program in primate behavior offers the only Master of Science degree in primatology in the U.S.
  • CWU’s Primate Awareness Week, held in April or May, offers guest speakers and presentations designed to educate the campus community about primate activities and behavior.
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Professional and Creative Writing
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Lisa Norris
509-963-1745
lisa.norris@cwu.edu

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Description

We live in an increasingly technological world that is ever more dependent on evolving and expanding forms of communication. The professional and creative writing program instructs student in the practical elements of professional and technical writing and editing. It also combines the rigor of creative writing in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting. The creative writing minor improves students' writing in fiction, poetry, or non-fiction, and helps prepare teachers who will have creative writing responsibilities in their class assignments.

Opportunities

Graduates of this program will find careers in public relations, teaching, marketing, business, advertising, publishing, and more. Clear and concise writing, analytical abilities, persuasiveness, and precision are all valuable skills for a wide range of fields.

Why this program?

Central offers the professional writing degree online as well. CWU’s online professional writing program is one of the nation’s top ten online English programs, according to www.thebestschools.com, a college degree rating website.

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Professional Pilot
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Sundaram (Raj) Nataraja
509-963-2386
sundaram.nataraja@cwu.edu

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Description

The CWU Aviation Department wants people like you, with a passion for the combined art and science of aviation.

Opportunities

CWU's aviation program is the only fully accredited public university aviation program in the Pacific Northwest. Our students have access to the most up-to-date flight simulation equipment on the West Coast. CWU offers professional pilot major with flight officer and commercial pilot specializations.

Why this program?

Our students get jobs! The CWU Aviation Department has or is in the process of having direct-hire agreements with nearly a dozen airlines including Alaska/Horizon, Sky West, and Mesa Airlines.

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Professsional and Creative Writing Online
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Katharine Whitcomb
509-963-1530
Katharine.Whitcomb@cwu.edu

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Description

CWU's online writing program is designed to prepare students for success in the contemporary work environment. It combines the rigor of creative writing in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting with the practical elements of professional and technical writing and editing.  

Opportunities

Students in Central's online professional and creative writing program graduate with an adaptable, tech-savvy, professional degree and and in-depth understanding of multiple genres. The major's interdisciplinary range allows students to shape their major with courses that best suit their interests and goals.

Why this program?

Students learn written communication skills that are easily transferred to any career. Graduates of CWU's online writing program work for businesses, agencies, publications, government offices, and non-profit organizations.

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Psychology
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Stephanie Stein
509-963-2307
stephanie.stein@cwu.edu

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Description

Central Washington University's Department of Psychology provides online and face-to-face learning opportunities and experiences through which undergraduate and graduate students develop an understanding of the perspectives, content, methodology, and technology of the science of human and nonhuman behavior and mental processes.

Opportunities

Psychologists dedicate themselves to understanding thought and behavior. These broad areas are studied through developmental, biological, clinical, cognitive and social methods. As you become more knowledgeable of psychological principles, you will better understand your friends, family, coworkers, society at large and yourself!

Why this program?

At Central students enjoy small classes with professors who place a premium on teaching and individualized attention. That mentorship defines face-to-face classes as well as our online program, among the top 30 online psychology bachelor’s degree programs in the nation for 2015.

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Public Health
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Casey Mace
509-963-2492
Casey.Mace@cwu.edu

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Description

The public health profession focuses on preventing disease, addressing inequities and developing policies and programs that help communities achieve optimal health and wellbeing. Our program aims to educate and empower the emerging generation of public health leaders.

Opportunities

Our classes offer students the breadth and depth of concepts and skills needed for success as public health professionals and for further study. Students undertake internships and other practical experiences - in Washington, around the region, and around the world. Our graduates go on to work in public health agencies, nonprofit organizations, and corporations. Many pursue graduate programs in public health and other disciplines, including law and social work, as well as medicine and other health professions.

Why this program?

CWU offers a Bachelor or Science in Public Health with specializations in population health and pre-nursing. You can also earn a minor in public health. Dr. Casey Mace recently co-authored a report entitled, “Increased physical activity is associated with positive physical and mental health outcomes.” The aim of the study was to assess the relationship between physical activity and depressive symptoms in advanced age people by gender and ethnicity in New Zealand.

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Public Policy
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Craig Revels
509-963-1447
Craig.Revels@cwu.edu

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Description

Data collection and interpretation play an increasingly important role in crafting laws and regulations that affect our lives. Public Policy is a field guided by technological advances in science and current economic trends.

Opportunities

Students studying public policy gain an understanding of the relationship between how data is collected and interpreted, and how that information is used to make political decisions that have an effect on nearly everything we do.

Why this program?

Depending on your area of emphasis, studying public policy at CWU offers a chance to gain an understanding of such areas as public-private partnerships, international relations, economic policy, environmental law, human rights, energy policies, or public health. It helps prepare students to work in either the public sector, or industry as a liaison to government agencies.

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Public Relations
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Kevin Brett
509-963-33216
kevin.brett@cwu.edu

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Description

In public relations, you get to tell your client's or employer’s story. Public relations specialists plan, direct, and create material that will enhance or maintain the public image of a corporation, individual, organization, non-profit, or association.

Opportunities

According to U.S. News and World Reports, public relations ranks #3 in Best Creative & Media Jobs based on salary, job prospects, future growth, and work-life balance. The best-paid 10 percent in the field made approximately $105,000 annually.

Why this program?

At CWU, public relations majors get to do things themselves. Whether it’s working with the student-run Central Communication Agency or competing in the Public Relation Student Society of America’s national Bateman competition, our students gain first-hand knowledge of planning, developing, and creating public relations campaigns.

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Recreation, Tourism, and Events
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Alex Lange
509-963-2766
Alex.Lange@cwu.edu

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Description

CWU’s recreation, tourism, and events program offers opportunities to focus on community-based recreation such as parks or non-profit organizations and outdoor resource recreation; tourism management and hospitality programs; or events planning.

Opportunities

Recreation, tourism, and events graduates focus on sustainable practices that consider people, economics, communities, and the environment. Students in this major choose to specialize in recreation, tourism management, or event management. 

Why this program?

Established in 1947, the Recreation, Tourism, and Events degree program at CWU was the first of its kind at a college or university in Washington state.

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Religious Studies Specialization
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Matthew Altman
509-963-2839
altmanm@cwu.edu

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Description

The religious studies specialization is comparative in nature, but complemented by a philosophical component focused on religion and unique electives designed to accommodate student interests.

Opportunities

Philosophy is the study of ideas and values. Study in philosophy develops the critical thinking and logic essential to virtually every career. Our alumni enjoy careers in law, public policy, business, politics and more. Philosophy students can earn a BA in philosophy with a specialization in religious studies.

Why this program?

CWU students in the Philosophy & Religious Studies Department can expect to apply their ideas to public importance, like religious diversity and tolerance, and social justice and mass incarceration. Working closely with faculty, students will do their own research and present it at national conferences. presentation at SOURCE on the professional value of philosophy and religious studies.

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Retail Management and Technology Specialization
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Robert Lupton
509-963-1789
Robert.Lupton@cwu.edu

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Description

Retail Management and Technology students become qualified business professionals prepared to pursue careers in retail environments that infuse information technology in areas such as e-commerce, management, selling, purchasing, operations, and merchandising.

Opportunities

CWU offers a Bachelor of Science in Retail Management and Technology with online and FlexIt options. Graduates in the Retail Management and Technology specialization secure careers in store operations, store management, IT and E‐Commerce, sales, distribution and logistics, merchandise buying and planning, and entrepreneurship.

Why this program?

Central Washington University’s master of science in Information Technology and Administrative Management is ranked one of the top ten one-year online master’s degree programs in the U.S., according to bestmastersdegrees.com. Schools were ranked based on value, affordability, and the ability of the student to complete the degree in one year.

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Russian
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Ralf Bane
509-963-1218
ralf.bane@cwu.edu

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Description

Russia is a major player when it comes to the world stage. As a result, those who understand Russian and are knowledgeable about Russian history and culture are in high demand in a number of careers.

Opportunities

Students studying Russian can find careers in government, foreign service, military, journalism, international non-governmental organizations, business, education, and tourism.

Why this program?

CWU offers small, student-centered classes in Russian. Students study not only the Russian language but also the country’s rich culture, history, and society. Courses are collaborations with other departments that incorporate Russian film, literature, and politics.

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Safety and Health Management
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Sathyanarayanan Rajendran
509-963-1152
rajendrans@cwu.edu

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Description

Occupational safety and health professionals are essential to every organization. They create healthy work settings by analyzing and reducing risks. Curriculum is based on business management, chemistry, psychology, risk management, and statistics in the workplace. Our program prepares excellent safety professionals who have confidence and leadership to successfully navigate complex organizational networks.

Opportunities

• An engineering, safety, or construction degree from CWU opens doors to some of the hottest careers in the country. All programs are built on a strong foundation of technical courses with an emphasis on communication, making for limitless career potential
• CWU grads land internships and high-paying jobs with national and international firms. With a nearly 100 percent placement rate — oftentimes before graduation — and starting salaries of about $60,000, their degrees immediately begin to pay off.

Why this program?

• Our faculty collaborate with students on research and publications and provide proactive advising to keep them on track and job ready.
• Classes are held in the Hogue Technology Building, one of the nation’s most advanced facilities for industrial and engineering technology.

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Science Teaching
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Tim Sorey
509-963-2929
scied@cwu.edu

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Description

The Middle Level Science teaching major prepares students to teach science at the middle school, or junior high school levels. The program meets the Washington State endorsement competencies for Middle Level Science and may be combined with a K-8 or Middle Level Math endorsement.

Opportunities

Students in the middle-level science teaching program gain valuable instruction in life science, chemistry, earth science, astronomy, physics, and other scientific concepts. Students will also learn pedagogy in courses that encompass student assessment, teaching in the classroom, and managing classrooms.

Why this program?

Central's Endorsement-Only Program is available to certified teachers who hold the Washington State initial, residency, continuing, or professional teaching certificate and who wish to add a teaching endorsement to their certificate.

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Secondary Math Teaching
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Mark Oursland
509-963-2100
oursland@cwu.edu

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Description

Mathematics secondary teaching is for a person who enjoys mathematical inquiry and social engagement—and wants to share that enthusiasm with high school students. Our program is built off the expertise and experiences of our highly esteemed professors. CWU provides an excellent environment to prepare you for a rewarding and successful career in teaching secondary mathematics.

Opportunities

Academically talented students majoring in a STEM discipline (which includes math) have an opportunity to apply for a two-year SOLVER scholarship totaling $20,000. The scholarship is funded by a National Science Foundation grant and is meant to help promising students through the last, most difficult years of their degree programs. 

Why this program?

Graduates of CWU’s mathematics secondary teaching program are highly sought after. According to the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, there is a serious shortage of mathematics and science teachers in the state. 

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Social Services
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Kelly Zakel-Larson
509-963-1305
kelly.zakel-larson@cwu.edu

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Description

CWU Social Services degree builds upon your passion to help those in need by providing you with the skills and knowhow. Graduates go on to work for non-profits and governmental agencies where they assist clients experiencing hardship.

Opportunities

Coursework includes hands-on experience; completing service projects, working with non-profit organizations, and developing a broad understanding of professional ethics as it’s related to social casework.

Why this program?

• Significant job growth is expected within the community and social service occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

• A career aimed at improving people’s lives, like those in social services, is gratifying work.

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Social Services Online
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Kelly Zakel-Larson
509-963-1305
kelly.zakel-larson@cwu.edu

Department Website:
Description

The social service major is designed for students interested in working in the human services delivery systems.

Opportunities

Students in this major have a strong grounding in sociology as well as the applied field of social services. They study critical issues in the field and work within agencies in the community.

Why this program?

Online social sciences students are encouraged to organize their program of study to include a minor in an area of interest or specialization outside of sociology. Some areas that fit well with this major include psychology, ethnic studies, family studies, gerontology, women’s studies, and community health.

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Sociology
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Kelly Zakel-Larson
509-963-1305
kelly.zakel-larson@cwu.edu

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Description

Sociology is the study of why humans do the things they do. Students learn research techniques, creative reasoning, and communication methods—core skills that can translate into a wide variety of careers including in counseling, marketing, criminal justice, or psychology.

Opportunities

About two-thirds of those who said their jobs were closely related to what they had learned as sociology majors were very satisfied with their jobs, according to a survey by the American Sociological Association. Additionally, more than three-quarters of majors said they were very satisfied with their choice of sociology as a major.

Why this program?

• At CWU, studying sociology is a chance to grasp the relationship between history, society and the individual’s life.

• CWU’s McNair Scholars Program pairs students in one-on-one faculty research mentorships and provides guidance through the graduate school application process.

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Sociology Online
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Kelly Zakel-Larson
509-963-1305
kelly.zakel-larson@cwu.edu

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Description

Sociology is the study of why humans do the things they do. Students learn research techniques, creative reasoning, and communication methods—core skills that can translate into a wide variety of careers including in counseling, marketing, criminal justice, or psychology.

Opportunities

About two-thirds of those who said their jobs were closely related to what they had learned as sociology majors were very satisfied with their jobs, according to a survey by the American Sociological Association. Additionally, more than three-quarters of majors said they were very satisfied with their choice of sociology as a major.

Why this program?

The Sociology Department provides opportunities for students to understand the conceptual and methodological tools used by sociologists to understand society.

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Spanish
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Ralf Bane
509-963-1218
ralf.bane@cwu.edu

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Description

Around the world there are more than 400 million Spanish speakers. Learning to speak Spanish is the key to success in a wide variety of careers particularly in business, tourism, communication, medicine, and education.

Opportunities

As the Hispanic population in the U.S. has grown by 60 percent in the past decade, the need for employees fluent in Spanish has similarly increased. A degree in Spanish helps prepare students for jobs in teaching, as translators and interpreters, in government work and much more.

Why this program?

CWU students majoring in Spanish have excelled at presentations and conferences in the past year, including:
- Omar Manzo, a Douglas Honors College student majoring in Spanish and minoring in political science, presented research at the National Technology and Social Science Conference in Las Vegas.
- Yazmin Aquilar, Spanish and social services major, presented at a panel at the Students of Color Conference in Yakima.

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Special Education
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Denise Shaw
509-963-2259
denise.shaw@cwu.edu

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Description

The demand for special education teachers is projected to grow more than 6 percent during the next decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Almost 1 in 10 children live with a disability. You can help these students learn despite their challenges. Utilize the tools and skills acquired from CWU’s Special Education program to tap into each child’s abilities and watch them excel.

Opportunities

Special education teachers use their knowledge to positively impact learning in children who have autism, dyslexia, developmental delays, and more. CWU's Special Education program prepares these teachers for meeting the diverse tasks required in teaching individuals with disabilities.

Why this program?

CWU’s talented faculty are passionate about the field of education and producing capable teachers to work in Washington State schools and beyond. An internship or practicum is required to ensure students receive hands-on real-world experience in the classroom. What’s more, employment for special education teachers is projected to grow through 2024.

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Sport Management
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Brian McGladrey
509-963-1972
Brian.McGladrey@cwu.edu

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Description

A sport management degree prepares students for careers in a variety of sports-related fields including coaching, business, education, and recreation.

Opportunities

The sports industry generates more than $213 billion in annual revenues. According to the Society of Health and Physical Educators, the sports industry will continue to rank among the largest and most diverse industries in the nation, thereby, sustaining career opportunities for the future. CWU offers a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management with specializations in coaching, business, and physical activity and recreation programming. 

Why this program?

The wide range of organizational settings where sports occur means that individuals can select and pursue careers in the kind of work environment of their choice and for which they are best suited. Besides traditional sports, the sports industry now involves new alternative, action, and extreme sports (skateboarding, boogie boarding, ice climbing, snow kayaking, etc) and new professional sports, especially for women.

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Studio Art
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Department Contact:

Gregg Schlanger
509-963-2665
gregg.schlanger@cwu.edu

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Description

You have the talent and the passion. Let us help you turn it into a profession. Our studio areas include ceramics, painting and drawing, metalsmithing, photography, sculpture, and wood design. You’ll have access to specialized studios, designed to foster your growth as an artist, no matter what your medium.

Opportunities

Your fine arts degree can be a foundation for a broad range of career directions, from teaching to management to media and advertising. Your training in art can be a gateway to a variety of careers, from video game illustrator to jewelry designer to forensic artist.

Why this program?

Our students work closely with award-winning, professional artists from their very first class. The department hosts Gallery 231, one of the state’s first and only galleries devoted solely to student artwork.

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Teacher Education
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Denise Shaw
509-963-2259
Denise.Shaw@cwu.edu

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Description

At Central Washington University, teacher education preparation spreads across the entire campus. College deans and the School of Education work closely together to ensure faculty who teach content areas for future teachers actually have teaching experience. 

Opportunities

CWU embeds real K-12 experience throughout students' academic careers. Central education students are required to complete student teaching before graduation and certification. While all teaching colleges measure students' knowledge of content and teaching methods, at CWU we also test compassion, caring, and conscientiousness using a unique evaluation process. CWU faculty teach these essential skills by modeling them; one-to-one attention, small classes, and individual connection produce the state's most effective teachers. 

Why this program?

Central Washington University's School of Education is the largest in Washington state and the 12th largest in the nation. We offer a variety of masters, majors, minors, and certifications for those interested in teaching or working in education administration. Content areas include physical education and school health, family and consumer sciences, business and marketing, career and technical education, science, math, history, English, music, and library science to name a few. Students can also choose to specialize in bilingual education, early childhood education, elementary education, literacy, world languages, Teaching English as a Second Langauge, and special education. 

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Technology Education
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Scott Calahan
509-963-3218
Scott.Calahan@cwu.edu

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Description

The technology education degree is great for students with a basic background in woods, metals, drafting, and mathematics through trigonometry. It prepares candidates to teach exploratory technology education to students in junior high and high school. Majors can choose between two options: the technology education broad area, and the technology education major.

Opportunities

An engineering, safety, or construction degree from CWU opens doors to some of the hottest careers in the country. All programs are built on a strong foundation of technical courses with an emphasis on communication, making for limitless career potential.

Why this program?

• Our faculty collaborate with students on research and publications and provide proactive advising to keep them on track and job ready. • Classes are held in the Hogue Technology Building, one of the nation’s most advanced facilities for industrial and engineering technology.

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Theatre Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Department Contact:

Scott Robinson
509-963-1750
scott.robinson@cwu.edu

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Description

Theatre Arts would like nothing more than to see your name in lights. The department is an ensemble of artists, scholars, educators, and practitioners who foster creativity and excellence while preparing students for careers and further study in theatre.

Opportunities

One of the signature programs at CWU, Theatre Arts graduates have found success in some of the nation’s top MFA programs as well as in professional theatre organizations and productions such as WICKED, the Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and the National Shakespeare Company. Students earn a BFA in Theatre Arts with a specialization in performance, musical theatre, or design and production.

Why this program?

CWU’s Theatre Arts incorporates state-of-the-industry techniques, such as Rasaboxes, View Points and Susuki in performance training. It also incorporates specialized software, such as VectorWorks®, Bourtique®, and QLab®, in design and technical training.

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Theatre Arts Design and Production Specialization
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Department Contact:

Scott Robinson
509-963-1750
scott.robinson@cwu.edu

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Description

The Theatre Arts: Design and Production is designed to prepare knowledgeable, skilled graduates who will compete at all levels in an increasingly competitive field. Students will also learn to assess, explain, and interpret the many roles and responsibilities inherent in the world of the professional theatre artist.

Opportunities

Students have opportunities to build solid portfolios by completing main stage projects in their focus areas. Students choose from a range of courses, both introductory and advanced, from writing and drawing, to construction and sewing, while pursuing one of the following specializations: scenic design and technology, costume design and technology, lighting design and technology, sound design and technology, and stage and production management.

Why this program?

Professional opportunities abound in professional theatre and entertainment industries to include repertory companies, performing arts centers, regional theatres, touring companies, dinner theatres, film and television, theme parks, children's theatre and industrial films and shows.

More and more CWU grads are finding their way into some of the most prestigious graduate programs in the country, which will allow for even further advancement in the business. In the past five years the department has placed more than 20 graduates in MA and MFA programs throughout the country, most with full scholarships and assistantships.

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Theatre Arts Musical Theatre Specialization
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Department Contact:

Scott Robinson
509-963-1750
scott.robinson@cwu.edu

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Description

The Theatre Arts: Music Theatre builds specific skills through singing, acting, and stage movement in the musical theatre style. Students choose from a range of courses, both introductory and advanced, from writing and movement, to dancing and voice.

Opportunities

The musical theatre program is innovative and interdisciplinary. Students complete a sequence of core foundation courses, gain admission into the program through audition/interview, and focus in a single emphasis-performance, design and production, or musical theatre. The major builds specific skills in production from a strong foundation of using the body as the artist’s instrument through singing, voice, and stage movement in the musical theatre style.

Why this program?

Professional opportunities abound in professional theatre and entertainment industries to include repertory companies, performing arts centers, regional theatres, touring companies, dinner theatres, film and television, theme parks, children's theatre and industrial films and shows. • More and more CWU grads are finding their way into some of the most prestigious graduate programs in the country, which will allow for even further advancement in the business. In the past five years the department has placed more than 20 graduates in MA and MFA programs throughout the country, most with full scholarships and assistantships

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Theatre Arts Performance Specialization
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Department Contact:

Scott Robinson
509-963-1750
scott.robinson@cwu.edu

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Description

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance builds specific skills through acting styles, voice, and stage movement. Students choose from a range of courses, both introductory and advanced, from writing and dancing, to stage and screen.

Opportunities

One of the signature programs at CWU, Theatre Arts graduates have found success in some of the nation’s top MFA programs as well as in professional theatre organizations and productions such as WICKED, the Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and the National Shakespeare Company.

Why this program?

CWU’s Theatre Arts incorporates state-of-the-industry techniques, such as Rasaboxes, View Points and Susuki in performance training. It also incorporates specialized software, such as VectorWorks®, Bourtique®, and QLab®, in design and technical training.

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Theatre Studies
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Scott Robinson
509-963-1750
scott.robinson@cwu.edu

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Description

Central's Theatre Studies degree is a perfect choice for the theatre artist. The general studies emphasis allows for advanced study in a variety of areas.

Opportunities

Theatre studies provides students a broad study of theatre within the liberal arts environment. Theatre students can choose a program that is tailored to their own personal preferences and enjoy a full spectrum of theatre experiences.

Why this program?

Theatre studies will help you become the kind of well-rounded theatre artist who can go on to a focused study in graduate school or a variety of careers in the field. It also is a great choice for the student who has a number of interests and needs the flexibility to explore several options.

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Web and Data Base Administration Specialization
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Robert Lupton
509-963-1789
Robert.Lupton@cwu.edu

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Description

Web and Database Administration and Management students become qualified business professionals prepared to pursue careers that apply a wide variety of web and database skills.

Opportunities

Graduates in the Web and Database Administration specialization secure positions as web administrators, database administrators, web designers, and more.

Why this program?

The Information Technology and Administrative Management (ITAM) department prepares students for success in high demand careers and job advancement in the modern workforce through industry-driven programs, quality teaching, and personal advising.

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William O. Douglas Honors College
Honors
Department Contact:

Christina Denison
509-963-1900
christina.denison@cwu.edu

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Description

The William O. Douglas Honors College (DHC) is Central's premier interdisciplinary program for academically talented students at CWU. Students first take DHC designated courses to satisfy gen ed requirements. Then they complete an upper-division faculty mentored capstone project that prepares them for their post-CWU aspirations, be it the global workplace and/or graduate school.

Opportunities

DHC graduates have been accepted to prestigious graduate schools and law schools throughout the country.

Why this program?
  • Students in the DHC can receive scholarships and partial tuition waivers.
  • Honors College students can live in the DHC Living Learning Community in Central's newest residence hall, Barto Hall.
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Wine Studies
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

John Hudelson
509-963-2744
hudelson@cwu.edu

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Description

The Global Wine Studies program prepares students for careers in the wine industry by focusing on: wine business skills; grape growing and winemaking; identifying wines produced in major wine regions of the world; understanding the costs and price structures of the wine business; and using professional wine tasting techniques.

Opportunities

The Global Wine Studies program uses an innovative, cross-disciplinary approach to instruction that creates a degree unlike anything else in the nation because it focuses on the business side of the wine industry.

Why this program?

CWU Global Wine Studies program is the only degree program in the U.S. that emphasizes learning the business side of the wine industry.

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Women’s and Gender Studies
Minor
Department Contact:

Cynthia Coe
509-963-2008
womenst@cwu.edu

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Description

Women’s and Gender Studies students explore the historic and contemporary role of women in society and the impact of gender on our lives. It is an interdisciplinary minor.

Opportunities

Students minoring in Women’s and Gender Studies gain critical thinking skills and learn about women’s diverse contributions to our culture and society. In this program, they will explore issues such as what would gender equality look like and how do ideas of what is masculine and feminine develop, get shared, and change in various societies?

Why this program?

At CWU, a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies encourages students to learn strong research methods, writing and mediation skills, and analytical abilities. The program helps open doors to a wide variety of careers including market research, university administration, human resources, and counseling.

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Sunny Days

1891

Year Founded

125+

Degree Programs

25

Average Class Size

3K

1 YR. Average Tuition

19-1

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