The specialization combines a liberal arts background in literature with specialized writing courses in creative writing (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, screenwriting), business writing, professional writing, scientific and technical writing, editing, and publishing. Students in this 74-credit specialization are expected to complete ENG 301 and ENG 303 prior to enrolling in other upper-division major requirements.
Contact: Katharine Whitcomb; 509-963-1530; Whitcomk@cwu.edu
An exciting career working with computers to design and maintain websites, build databases of information for meaningful reports, build sales in retail operations with e-commerce, or managing people and projects awaits the graduates of the BS-ITAM Online program. These high-demand IT skills are complemented with the management and soft-skills classes to help you find meaningful work in any industry and job satisfaction in your career. Admission to the BS-ITAM Online program requires a competed transferable associate degree (AA-DTA) or a prior bachelor degree in any field. With two specializations offered as completely online programs, you can target your education to the precise field of your aspirations.
Administrative Management Specialization
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. Your knowledge of IT tools complemented by the soft skills of communication and leadership will qualify you to seek employment in positions requiring the management of data, projects, people, and organizational change. All types of business from agriculture and finance, to manufacturing and health care are seeking graduates with these skills.
Retail Management & Technology Specialization
Picture yourself as a qualified business professional in a retail environment prepared to pursue a career that infuses information technology into areas like e-commerce, management, selling, purchasing, operations, and merchandising. These qualifications are complemented by business communications and human-centered skills. Graduates of this 100% online program secure careers in store operations, store management, retail IT, e-commerce, sales, distribution and logistics, merchandise buying, and entrepreneurship.
Retail Management &Technology Specialization - FlexIT Competency Based
Traditional academic models only measure a student's completed credit hours or "seat time." FlexIT measures what you know. Because the program is fully online and self-paced, it gives you an unprecedented level of flexibility. The program allows you to save time and money through accelerated progress, while working closely with a mentor to help guide the student's progress. The cost of the program ($6,000) includes tuition, books, and fees and allows 6 month access to complete as many courses as you can--an "all you can learn model," until you earn your Bachelor of Science in Retail Management and Technology and jump start your career. For more information, or to apply, visit: http://www.cwu.edu/it-management/flexit-pace
Contact: Laurie Stehle; 509-963-2228; ITAMinfo@cwu.edu
Your two-year “non-transferable” associate degree becomes transferable with the BAS-ITAM Online major! This program accepts ANY applied/technical degree and complements the skills learned in the associate degree with the management/soft skills classes to help you become a leader in your knowledge area. Professional programs like accounting, medical assistance, network security, criminal justice, welding & fabrication (to name a few) will benefit in the form of career opportunities by learning how to manage people, projects, and information. With three targeted specializations, you receive the management skills most appropriate to your career path.
Administrative Management Specialization
With classes in Project Management, Customer Relationship Management, Financial Analysis, and Advanced Spreadsheet Applications, you will have the skills to manage in any administrative capacity. Industries like healthcare, manufacturing, education, and even non-profit organizations are asking for employees with this educational background. Any completed professional/technical associate degree will satisfy the admission requirement.
Information Technology Specialization
This specialization targets the soft-skills/management classes specifically to the management of IT projects and departments. 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!
IT professionals will gain knowledge specific to the detection, protection, and recovery from attacks to an organization’s information assets. 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. Because of the technical IT skills classes involved in this specialization, a computer-related associate degree is suggested for admission.
Contact: Laurie Stehle; 509-963-2228; ITAMinfo@cwu.edu
The Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies Social Sciences 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. Persons holding this degree will find employment 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.
Contact: Nicole Dunn; 509-859-6874; DunnN@cwu.edu
Bachelor of Arts - Law and Justice
The Bachelor of Arts major in Law and Justice (LAJ) is designed to prepare students for professional employment in the criminal justice system and/or entry into graduate or law school. It retains the humanistic emphasis of the liberal arts while assisting students to prepare for graduate school, careers in law enforcement, corrections, paralegal professions and the practice of law following law school.
Contact: Cody Stoddard; 509-963-3252; StoddardC@cwu.edu
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. This accredited program meets all of the national and Washington State standards in paramedic education. For currently certified paramedics, advanced standing in the paramedicine major can be obtained with submission of application, evidence of certification and paramedic program completion from an approved institution, and a transferable Associate’s Degree or its equivalent.
Contact Keith Monosky; 509-963-1145; MonoskyK@cwu.edu
The Psychology department provides students with an understanding of the perspectives, content, and methods of science and the practice of psychology. This 45-credit major is intended for students who are interested in careers that would combine a background in psychology with work in fields such as social work, family studies, business, forensics, primate behavior, and other fields for which training in behavioral science would be useful. Students in the 45-credit major are required to complete either a minor or a double major.
Contact: Sara Bender; BenderS@cwu.edu
The Sociology Department provides opportunities for students to understand the conceptual and methodological tools used by sociologists to understand society. Students in this 45-credit major are required to complete either a minor or a second major in another discipline. Students seeking a B.A. degree must complete one year college/university study or two years high school study of a single foreign language.
Contact: Michael Mulcahy; 509-963-3836; MulcahyM@cwu.edu
The most flexible major offered by CWU, Specialized Studies is designed for students whose goals are not met by any other curriculum. Students in this program design their own course of study and create interdisciplinary concentrations to meet their specific educational needs. Each path is unique.
This degree is for students who want to emerge from college having equipped themselves with skills and knowledge essential in the 21st century workplace. Through integrating material from a variety of disciplines, students will possess essential learning outcomes highly valued by employers.
Specialized Studies students receive a distinctive educational experience that allows them to integrate other college-level learning into university course work. This program is also an effective route to degree completion for those who have accumulated a substantial number of college credits.
Courses toward this degree may be taken face-to-face and online.
Contact: Alena Yastchenko; 509-963-3706; YastchenkoA@cwu.edu
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Dear Faculty, Welcome back! Many of you had the opportunity to hear President Gaudino’s State