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Student Testimonials

"As a Neo-Traditional Student, the Interdisciplinary Studies - Social Sciences program at CWU was the ideal fit for me!"

I was able to choose from a variety of disciplines that created a well-rounded and impressive curriculum vitae, which I used for Grad school applications. I am currently working on my Master of Education Higher Education at Central Washington University, and I am confident in the coursework because of the strong knowledge base this major gave me to build on. The very internship that I did during my IDS program is what led to earning a prestigious Graduate Assistantship with the CWU Transfer Center, making achieving a master's degree an affordable option for me.

Angela King
Class of 2020
IDS - Social Sciences, Central Washington University


I am a recent graduate of Central Washington University. I majored in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science (IDS) and double minored in Social
Science and Psychology. Currently, I work in the social services field as a Housing Navigator for the homeless.

When I first began my journey at CWU, I was nervous, but the professors and the advisors eased all of my concerns. The IDS program was excellent, and the class selection and curriculum were tremendous. Working full-time and going to college full-time was challenging, but the experience was top-notch. I feel that CWU’s IDS program has profoundly impacted my knowledge of Social Science and has informed me on many of today’s issues that concern us all, which has significantly impacted my career.

Kenneth Johnson
Class of 2022
IDS - Social Sciences, Central Washington University


I've always been interested in the social sciences, particularly psychology, but I wasn't sure which way I wanted to go as a retruning student.  The IDS-Social Sciences program offered me the opportunity to explore several disciplines within the social sciences and the flexibility to customize my degree to my intrests. 

As I progresssed throught eh IDS program, I narrowed my focus to psychology, taking couses within that discipline that piqued my interest.  In additon, I took classes in otgher disciplines, like criminal justice and sociology, that complimented my overall learning objectives.  Finally, I took advantage of the independent studnet option to create one, two, and three-credit courses that focused on my area of interest within psychology. 

My experience with the IDS program at Central provided flexibility and strong foundational knowledge of the social sciences, which gave me the confidence to pursue a Master of Liberal Arts in Psychology at Harvard Extension school.  Upon graduation , I plan to use my edcuation to become a full-time volunteer in retirement and help abuse victims.

Karen L. Aparicio
Class of 2020, IDS - Social Sciences, CWU
AlM (psychology) candidate, Harvard Extension School



I am an Alumna of Olympic College, where I obtained two Associate degrees-one in Arts and another in Business Management. Additionally, I hold certificates in supervisory/human resources and Small Business. At the end of spring quarter,  I will add a bachelor's degree from the IDS-Social Sciences program along with a minor in sociology to my list of accomplishments.


While I was a student at CWU, I worked as the Office Assistant for Olympic College Poulsbo and was promoted shortly thereafter to Program Coordinator for the Student Government of Olympic College. In this role, I tapped into my passion to serve and advocate for diverse student populations and works with administration to remove barriers adversely impacting the student experience. Outside of school and work, I enjoy family movie nights and impromptu dance sessions with my husband and daughter, cooking, and interior decorating.


Malikah Campbell

Class of 2021

IDS - Social Sciences, Central Washington University

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