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At Central Washington University, you’ll find the major you want and learn from award-winning faculty..

CWU offers many exciting degree programs. Central is a place where students get to do what they’re learning. Biology students and professors tag bull trout at Snoqualmie Pass. Music students perform at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Faculty and students in geology site earthquake detection systems on dams, mountaintops, and coastlines.

Central is committed to hands-on learning, discovery and individual attention. Learning is exciting and relevant when it takes place beyond the limits of the classroom and books. The benefit to students is an education experience made richer and more stimulating. The benefit to employers is experienced graduates who are prepared for work on day one.

Your CWU undergraduate or graduate level education begins with a search of our many programs to see which one is the best fit for you.

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Accessibility Studies Minor Online
Accounting
Actuarial Science
Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising
Applied Mathematics
Biology Teaching
Biomedical Science Specialization
Business & Marketing Education
Business Administration
Business Administration Online
Business and Marketing Teacher Preparation
Career and Technical Education Teaching
Chemistry Teaching
Child Development and Family Science
Communication Studies
Computer Science
Craft Brewing
Cybersecurity Specialization
Deaf and Sign Language Studies
Digital Journalism
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Specialization
Electronic Engineering Technology
English and Language Arts Teaching
English Language and Literature
English Language and Literature Online
English Professional and Creative Writing
English Professional and Creative Writing Online
Entrepreneurship
Environmental Geological Sciences
Environmental Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences Career and Technical Education Teaching
Family and Consumer Sciences Teaching
Health Careers
History/Social Studies Teaching
Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management
Information Technology and Administrative Management
Information Technology and Administrative Management (ITAM) Online
Information Technology Specialization
Integrated Energy Management
Interdisciplinary Studies - Social Sciences
Interdisciplinary Studies - Social Sciences Online
Law and Justice
Law and Justice Online
Liberal Studies Online
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Middle Level Science Teaching
Middle Level Mathematics Teaching
Molecular and Cell Biology Specialization
Music Composition
Music Performance, BM
Network Management Specialization
Paramedicine (Hybrid) Online
Physical Education Activity
Physical Education and School Health
Physics Teaching Endorsement
Physics/Engineering Dual Degree
Political Science
Primate Behavior and Ecology
Psychology Online
Public Policy
Religious Studies
Retail Management and Technology Specialization
Risk, Insurance, and Safety Management
Safety and Health Management
Secondary Math Teaching
Social Services
Social Services Online
Sociology Online
Theatre Arts Design and Production
Theatre Arts Musical Theatre
Theatre Arts Performance Specialization
Theatre Education
Web and Data Base Administration Specialization
William O. Douglas Honors College
Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Accessibility Studies Minor Online
Degree Type:
Minor, Certificate
Department Contact:

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

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Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

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

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Introduction

Accounting is how a business records, organizes, and understands its financial information. Accounting tells you whether or not you’re making a profit, your cash flow, the current value of your company’s assets and liabilities, and which parts of your business are actually making money. 

Students will learn about a variety of areas including: 

  • Accounting
  • Taxation
  • Auditing
  • Information Systems
  • Financial Analytics

Career paths include:

  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Financial Accounting
  • External or Internal Auditing
  • Cost Accounting
  • Tax Planning
Opportunities

There are many opportunities for students in the College of Business to connect to other students through clubs like the Accounting and Finance Club, build their network by meeting with alumni and engaging in industry events, get hands on experience through projects and programs like Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, be eligible for additional scholarships, and take advantage of the resources in the Career, Advising, and Tutoring Center.

Why this program?

The website, Discover Accounting, has ranked CWU in the Top 40 accounting schools nationwide. Students have unique recruiting activities through the Accounting Career Events that allow them to connect to employers and engage in their professional development.

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Actuarial Science
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Kathryn Temple
509-963-1389
Kathryn.Temple@cwu.edu

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Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Applied Science
Department Contact:

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

Introduction

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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Aerospace Studies
Degree Type:
Minor
Department Contact:

Lt. Colonel Michael R. Morris, USAF
509-963-2314
afrotc@cwu.edu

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Introduction

Established in 1951, the award-winning Air Force ROTC “Cascade Cowboys” develops knowledge, character, and motivation as cadets are commissioned as USAF second lieutenants.

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 Air Force 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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

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

Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

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

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Introduction

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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Applied Mathematics
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Dr. Brandy Wiegers
509-963-2125
brandy.wiegers@cwu.edu

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Introduction

The applied mathematics program is your chance to connect the theory of mathematics with real-world applications because studying mathematics isn’t just about numbers. Studying applied math is also about recognizing patterns and understanding the logic of shapes, quantities, and systems. Mathematics provides the building blocks to understand the world around us whether it is money, architecture, electronics, or sports.  From the distribution of prime numbers (useful for encrypting communications and an important area of ongoing research here at CWU) to signal processing (useful for analyzing photos and sound, as well as picking out important patterns hidden in immense data sets), mathematics has applications everywhere.  This degree asks you to draw connections between the theoretical and the real world. 

Opportunities

Let’s face it—mathematicians are the rock stars of computer science, engineering, 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.  

 

Here are just a few of the experiences in this major to make sure you are ready for these careers:

 

*  Written and verbal communication: All mathematics majors learn to communicate complicated ideas clearly and precisely, an important skill in all technical fields. You will regularly present project results in a manner that you can describe for your future employer. 

• Honors seminars: You can enroll in an honors seminar every quarter, with each seminar being a new mathematical topic to explore. Past topics included mathematical biology, 3-D printing, cryptology, mathematical games, and more.

* Research : Students are encouraged to continue individual research projects based on the ideas presented in the honors seminars. Past undergraduates have done work in differential equations, cryptology, mathematical modeling, analysis, and more.

• Social Opportunities:  Join the Math Club, help at the Kittitas Valley Math Circle, or challenge yourself with the Putnam Exam, the Kryptos competition, or the Mathematical Competition in Modeling.

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.  Graduates in this program are in graduate school, working in industry, and teaching in local schools.

 

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Art
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

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

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Introduction

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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Art Education
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Art
Department Contact:

Gregg Schlanger
509-963-2662
gregg.schlanger@cwu.edu

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Introduction

Become an art teacher. The BA in Art Education satisfies the endorsement for visual arts in Washington state. This comprehensive visual-art program qualifies students to teach art at elementary or secondary levels.  

 

Opportunities

Students with an Art Education degree are able to get an endorsement in visual art teaching, leading to outstanding employment opportunities, and they will be qualified to teach art in the K-12 school system across Washington. 

 

Why this program?

The Art Education degree is a multidisciplinary offering between the Department of Art+Design and the Teacher Preparation Program and Secondary Education major offered through the Department of Curriculum, Supervision and Educational Leadership. The degree focuses on engaging with artistic inquiry and teacher education in a variety of settings including K-12, communities, and museums.  

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Asian Studies
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

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

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Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Dr. Gregory Schwab
509-963-2364
Aviation@cwu.edu

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Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

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

Program Website:
Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Anthony Diaz
509-963-2818
diaza@cwu.edu

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Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Stacey Ferris
509-963-2731
Stacey.Ferris@cwu.edu

Program Website:
Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Rachel George
509-963-2660
Rachel.George@cwu.edu

Program Website:
Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Stacey Ferris
509-963-2731
Stacey.Ferris@cwu.edu

Program Website:
Introduction

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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Business & Marketing Education
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

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

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Introduction

The Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising program offers a Bachelor of Science in Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising, a specialization in Fashion Marketing, a minor in Apparel Design, and a minor in Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising.  Students gain a thorough knowledge of the business aspects of the fashion industry, developing skills in fashion theory; creativity; merchandising; retail operations; buying strategies; technology; fashion forecasting; and target markets depending on program choice. Students use a blend of both right and left-brain thinking to become industry leaders who are forward-thinking, creative, innovative, relevant, and passionate. Small class sizes with rigorous learning experiences supplemented with industry field trips and internships assures students are industry-ready.

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.

Graduates of the fashion marketing specialization are creative and business professionals working in social media management, editorial communications, fashion marketing, fashion promotions, photo styling, and fashion journalism.

Why this program?

Seattle is number four in the US apparel industry with vast opportunities to stay in the pacific northwest post-graduation or go nationally or internationally. The Central Washington University apparel, textiles, and merchandising program 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 while networking with industry professionals throughout their education.

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Business Administration
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

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

Program Website:
Introduction

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 Administration Online
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

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

Program Website:
Introduction

CWU’s online business administration degree program boasts small classes that are taught by distinguished faculty who interact with the students through state-of-the-art online communication tools. Online courses are flexible so they fit into the student’s individual schedule. 

Opportunities

The bachelor of science online degree in business administration allows students entering with a Washington Associate's degree in business with a direct transfer agreement to easily obtain a business administration degree with a general business specialization.  

Why this program?

This program can accommodate a variety of preferred course loads, from part-time students to full-time students. Full-time students could finish in as little as 5-6 quarters.

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Business and Marketing Teacher Preparation
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Kim Bartel
509-963-1970
kim.bartel@cwu.edu

Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Certificate
Department Contact:

Jodi Musser
509-963-2773
Jodi.Musser@cwu.edu

Introduction

Career and Technical Education (CTE) is a relevant hands-on exploration of career options incorporating basic academic and life skills, leadership preparation, and advanced and continuing education offered in grades 7 to 12. CWU offers CTE teaching courses for current teachers and business and industry professionals.

Opportunities

Combining your career, industry, or teaching knowledge with a CTE certificate opens doors to teaching CTE programs in middle and high schools, as well as skill centers. Apply now and begin to build a teaching foundation that will propel you to unparalleled success in the classroom.

Why this program?

Central’s CTE Teacher Preparation program is uniquely designed for busy, working professionals and is approved by the Washington Professional Education Standards Board. Course requirements can be satisfied in as little as five weeks, for certificated teachers; two years for industry professionals.

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Chemistry
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Anthony Diaz
509-963-2818
diaza@cwu.edu

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Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Anthony Diaz
509-963-2818
diaza@cwu.edu

Program Website:
Introduction

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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Child Development and Family Science
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

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

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Introduction

The Child Development and Family Science major prepares students with the knowledge and skills to work effectively with families and children in a dynamic world. Students choose from three specializations: Child Development, Family Science, or Child Life.

Opportunities

The Child Development and Family Science major prepares students to pursue careers in family social services, early intervention, child life, adoption, childcare, community youth programs, or other careers involving work with children and families. Students are also well-prepared to pursue graduate education in child life, mental health counseling, social work, marriage and family therapy, human development and family studies, or related fields.

Why this program?

Students in the Child Development and Family Science program complete a multi-term internship at an agency suited to their professional goals and interests. Students also participate in research and often present at the university, regional, or national level. The Child Development and Family Science program offers two minors: Child Development and Family Science, as well as a graduate degree in Child Development and Family Science.

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Clinical Physiology
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

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

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Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Department of Communication
509-963-1055
communication@cwu.edu

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Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Chris Stone
509-963-1495
C.Stone@cwu.edu

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Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Warren Plugge
509-963-2427
philip.plugge@cwu.edu

Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Stacey Ferris
509-963-2731
Craftbrewing@cwu.edu

Program Website:
Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Applied Science
Department Contact:

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

Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Art
Department Contact:

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

Introduction

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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Deaf and Sign Language Studies
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Amy Jenkins
509-963-1218
worldlanguages@cwu.edu

Program Website:
Introduction

The Deaf and Sign Language Studies (DSLS) major adopts an interdisciplinary and integrative approach to studying the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community and individuals in national and global societies. The program elevates awareness of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing individuals and heightens linguistic knowledge and cultural appreciation while engaging and collaborating within their communities. Analysis of existing identities, stereotypes, and policies promotes learners to evaluate areas of needs in enforcing change for the betterment of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community. Note: CWU also offers American Sign Language (ASL) minor.  

Opportunities

Students studying DSLS/ASL can find careers in but not limited to; education, social services, business, tourism, and government. This program is also ideal for students aiming to become ASL interpreters or educators after graduation (additional training/courses may be necessary). 

Why this program?

CWU offers small, student-centered classes in American Sign Language (ASL). Students study not only the ASL but also the rich culture, history, and society. Resources available to students to support their journey throughout the courses at CWU include but are not limited to ASL Resource Center, ASL Club, and community events. Course modalities are hybrid, online, and distance learning. ASL minor is also available for students interested in pursuing this field in a smaller scope. 

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Digital Journalism
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Department of Communication
509-963-1055
communication@cwu.edu

Program Website:
Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Dia Gary
509-963-1471
dia.gary@cwu.edu

Program Website:
Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Stacey Ferris
509-963-2731
biology@cwu.edu

Program Website:
Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

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

Program Website:
Introduction

Economics is the study of decision making. Economists gather, manage, and analyze economic and business data to understand and predict trends so decision makers can make informed choices.

 

Students will learn about a variety of areas including:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Econometrics
  • Economics Research

 

You'll be ready to start a career in:

  • Data Collection and Analysis
  • Research Analysis
  • Forecasting
  • Consulting
  • Policy Advising
  • Economic Development
Opportunities

There are many opportunities for students in the College of Business to connect to other students through clubs like Economics Association, build their network by meeting with alumni and engaging in industry events, get hands on experience through projects, be eligible for additional scholarships, and take advantage of the resources in the Career, Advising, and Tutoring Center.

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

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

Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Vi Alvord
509-963-2049
arviso.alvord@cwu.edu

Program Website:
Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

English Department
509-963-1546
english.department@cwu.edu

Program Website:
Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

English Department
509-963-1546
english.department@cwu.edu

Program Website:
Introduction

The study of language and literature will broaden your knowledge of literary history and traditions, develop your understanding of different cultures, and introduce you to the world's most brilliant writers. Our inclusive curriculum offers a diverse selection of courses that cross national borders, literary genres, and minoritized cultures.  

Opportunities

A degree in English Language and Literature provides you with essential skills in persuasive communication, analytical reasoning, creative thinking, and emotional intelligence that are most in demand by employers in a variety of professional fields, including teaching, training, writing, publishing, law, research, business, and government.

Why this program?

Our faculty is comprised of excellent teacher-scholars who genuinely care about you, the student. We offer small classes with innovative learning activities, such as multimedia writing projects, mock trials, archival research, and collaborative group work. We actively publish in scholarly journals and present at national and international conferences, while closely mentoring students in research, writing, professionalization, and preparation for graduate study.

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English Professional and Creative Writing
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

English Department
509-963-1546
english.department@cwu.edu

Program Website:
Introduction

In an increasingly technological world that depends on evolving, merging, and expanding forms of writing and communication, our Professional and Creative Writing Program offers students a range of courses across modalities and writing styles. In professional and technical writing courses, students learn practical elements including necessary workplace skills in usability testing, document design, and new media. In creative writing courses, students learn the nuances of genre and develop writing practices in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting, and blurred forms. All students can take publishing, editing, and grant writing courses that offer further skills across specializations.

Opportunities

This program produces graduates with a set of valuable skills adaptable to a wide range of industries and workplace opportunities. Recent graduates of this program have found careers in teaching, marketing, grant writing, technical writing, advertising, publishing, arts networking and community organizing, and more, and others have gone on to graduate programs in rhetoric and composition, creative writing, and editing.

Moreover, our undergraduates connect with diverse opportunities through publishing, community immersion, regional and international travel, and internships.

Why this program?

The Professional and Creative Writing program is rigorous yet also flexible and adaptable to student needs. The program can be completed face-to-face, online, or via a combination of the two modalities. Students work closely with faculty mentors, all of whom are published professionals in their own fields, to develop their own professional identities. Furthermore, ours is one of the nation’s top ten online English programs, according to www.thebestschools.com.

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English Professional and Creative Writing Online
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

English Department
509-963-1546
english.department@cwu.edu

Program Website:
Introduction

In an increasingly technological world that depends on evolving, merging, and expanding forms of writing and communication, our Professional and Creative Writing Program offers students a range of courses across modalities and writing styles. In professional and technical writing courses, students learn practical elements including necessary workplace skills in usability testing, document design, and new media. In creative writing courses, students learn the nuances of genre and develop writing practices in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting, and blurred forms. All students can take publishing, editing, and grant writing courses that offer further skills across specializations.

Opportunities

This program produces graduates with a set of valuable skills adaptable to a wide range of industries and workplace opportunities. Recent graduates of this program have found careers in teaching, marketing, grant writing, technical writing, advertising, publishing, arts networking and community organizing, and more, and others have gone on to graduate programs in rhetoric and composition, creative writing, and editing.

 

Moreover, our undergraduates connect with diverse opportunities through publishing, community immersion, regional and international travel, and internships.

Why this program?

The Professional and Creative Writing program is rigorous yet also flexible and adaptable to student needs. The program can be completed face-to-face, online, or via a combination of the two modalities. Students work closely with faculty mentors, all of whom are published professionals in their own fields, to develop their own professional identities. Furthermore, ours is one of the nation’s top ten online English programs, according to www.thebestschools.com.

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Entrepreneurship
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

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

Program Website:
Introduction

Entrepreneurship is the act of creating a business or businesses while building and scaling it to generate a profit. It is defined by transforming the world by solving big problems, like initiating social change, creating an innovative product, or presenting a new life-changing solution.

 

Students will learn about a variety of areas including:

  • Product Development
  • Intellectual Property and Prototype Development
  • Business Plan Development
  • Marketing
  • Professional Development
Opportunities

There are many opportunities for students in the College of Business to connect to other students through clubs, build their network by meeting with alumni and engaging in industry events, get hands on experience through projects, be eligible for additional scholarships, and take advantage of the resources in the Career, Advising, and Tutoring Center.

Why this program?

When you finish our program, you will own a live business. We work together on building a business idea, building business partnerships, and building services and products that people want. You learn that business is a collaboration requiring a variety of skills you can hone in this program.

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Environmental Geological Sciences
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Lisa Ely
509-963-2177
lisa.ely@cwu.edu

Program Website:
Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Carey Gazis
509-963-2820
Carey.Gazis@cwu.edu

Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Tim Burnham
509-963-1764
Tim.Burnham@cwu.edu

Program Website:
Introduction

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 Consumer Sciences
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Jodi Musser
509-963-2773
jodi.musser@cwu.edu

Program Website:
Introduction

Family and Consumer Sciences comprises a general introduction to the broad areas of family and consumer sciences and, with an appropriate minor, can provide students with a well-rounded preparation for life or for further advanced study. Subjects include fashion, nutrition, finance, child development, and housing. 

Opportunities

Family and Consumer Sciences offers an amazingly broad spectrum of courses for students interested in studying the role of individuals within families and as consumers.  Majors require a minor or double major.

Why this program?

Family and Consumer Sciences majors learn tangible skills about concreate subjects that easily translate into opportunities in the real world.  Our graduates learn about concerns that relate to basic needs such as housing, nutrition, apparel, finance, life management and relationships

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Family and Consumer Sciences Career and Technical Education Teaching
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

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

Program Website:
Introduction

The Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising program offers a Bachelor of Science in Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising, a specialization in Fashion Marketing, a minor in Apparel Design, and a minor in Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising.  Students gain a thorough knowledge of the business aspects of the fashion industry, developing skills in fashion theory; creativity; merchandising; retail operations; buying strategies; technology; fashion forecasting; and target markets depending on program choice. Students use a blend of both right and left-brain thinking to become industry leaders who are forward-thinking, creative, innovative, relevant, and passionate. Small class sizes with rigorous learning experiences supplemented with industry field trips and internships assures students are industry-ready.

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.

Graduates of the fashion marketing specialization are creative and business professionals working in social media management, editorial communications, fashion marketing, fashion promotions, photo styling, and fashion journalism.

Why this program?

Seattle is number four in the US apparel industry with vast opportunities to stay in the pacific northwest post-graduation or go nationally or internationally. The Central Washington University apparel, textiles, and merchandising program 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 while networking with industry professionals throughout their education.

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Family and Consumer Sciences Teaching
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Jodi Musser
509-963-2773
Jodi.Musser@cwu.edu

Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Department of Communication
509-963-1055
film@cwu.edu

Program Website:
Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Dana Ogan
509-963-2351
dana.ogan@cwu.edu

Program Website:
Introduction

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 prepares students to become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN).

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 an RDN. Beginning in 2024, a Master's degree will be required for RDN exam eligibility.

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 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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Amy Jenkins
509-963-1218
worldlanguages@cwu.edu

Program Website:
Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

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

Program Website:
Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Anne Egger
509-963-2870
anne.egger@cwu.edu

Program Website:
Introduction

​​​​​​Geoscientists provide critical insight for preparing for and reducing the risks associated with climate change, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, landslides, and changes in water and mineral resource availability.

Opportunities

Through all of the degree programs in geology, you will gain real-world experience in the field, in the laboratory, and in computation. You will have opportunities to conduct mentored research with faculty, starting early to build your skills for independent research. Our faculty and staff will help you develop the skills necessary for a successful career as a geoscientist, which are in high demand and where you can make a difference.

Why this program?

Throughout the courses and degrees in Geological Sciences at CWU, you will work closely with faculty and other students in real-world field and laboratory settings.  Our faculty are dedicated teachers and scholars. The department is housed in Discovery Hall, which includes the Murdock Research Lab, an ice core lab, an interactive rock garden, and excellent classroom facilities built to facilitate engaged learning.

 

 

 

 

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Graphic Design
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Department Contact:

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

Program Website:
Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Pre-Professional
Department Contact:

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

Program Website:
Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Amy Jenkins
509-963-1218
worldlanguages@cwu.edu

Program Website:
Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

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

Program Website:
Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Roxanne Easley

Roxanne.Easley@cwu.edu

Program Website:
Introduction

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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Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Carla Jellum
509-963-2568
carla.jellum@cwu.edu

Program Website:
Introduction

CWU’s Hospitality, Tourism, and Event Management (HTE) program offers opportunities to focus on managerial and supervisory roles in the fields of hospitality, tourism and event management. Degrees from this program lead to creative and dynamic careers, which focus on business operations, marketing, organizational management, communications, planning and sustainability skill sets within HTE. 

Opportunities

Hospitality, Tourism, and Event Management graduates pursue careers in the world's largest industry. Professional positions are plentiful and diverse.  

  • Hospitality: Hotel owner, restaurant manager, resort recreation director, sales and marketing professional, entrepreneur and more! 
  • Tourism: Tour operator, destination marketing manager, visitor service provider, marketing manager, business owner, online travel provider, airline industry professional and more! 
  • Events: Convention center manager, event planner, recreation and sports programming coordinator, non-profit fundraising professional, wedding planner and more! 
Why this program?

Established in 1947, this degree program at CWU was the first at a college or university in Washington state. We aim to offer small class sizes, hands-on education, field trip experiences and practical applications within our academic courses. CWU is in a wonderful location, which offers opportunities to engage in HTE programming in both rural and urban environments – such as visiting a busy international airport and then a boutique rural hotel! Our friendly faculty have practical, real-world HTE industry experience and will share local to global perspectives and experiences with you.  

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Industrial Technology
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

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

Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

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

Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Applied Science
Department Contact:

Jordan Shumate
509-963-1383
ITAMinfo@cwu.edu

Program Website:
Introduction

CWU's offers two options for 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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Applied Science
Department Contact:

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

Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

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

Program Website:
Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

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

Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

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

Introduction

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

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

Program Website:
Introduction

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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Japanese
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Amy Jenkins
509-963-1218
worldlanguages@cwu.edu

Program Website:
Introduction

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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Japanese Teaching
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Amy Jenkins
509-963-1218
worldlanguages@cwu.edu

Program Website:
Introduction

Interested in becoming a Japanese teacher? CWU’s School of Education can help you get there. The Japanese Teaching degree is only open to students pursuing a teaching certificate in the language.

Opportunities

With this major you will: • Learn to develop your language skills and fluency. • Learn to communicate with a broader network—locally and internationally. • Learn to improve your cultural knowledge. • Learn to better understand the world and how we're all connected. • Learn teaching techniques and philosophy that can help you in the classroom.

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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Law and Justice
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Law & Justice Department
509-963-3219
LawandJustice.Office@cwu.edu

Program Website:
Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

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

Program Website:
Introduction

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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Liberal Studies
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Scott Robinson
509-963-1858
LiberalStudies@cwu.edu

Program Website:
Introduction

The Liberal Studies program is for students whose primary interest requires interdisciplinary course selections, which are not possible within single academic programs or established curricula.

Opportunities

The program offers students an opportunity to create an approved, coherent program of study both fulfilling academic and career goals. A large and small plan are offered, as well as a minor.

Why this program?

Liberal Studies is the interdisciplinary examination of subjects related to the humanities, arts, and sciences. Students of Liberal Studies pursue knowledge in these different areas, often learning to integrate what they learn into a coherent whole that serves their life goals.

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Liberal Studies Online
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Scott Robinson
509-963-1858
LiberalStudies@cwu.edu

Program Website:
Introduction

The Liberal Studies program is for students whose primary interest requires interdisciplinary course selections, which are not possible within single academic programs or established curricula.

Opportunities

The program offers students an opportunity to create an approved, coherent program of study both fulfilling academic and career goals. A large and small plan are offered, as well as a minor.

Why this program?

Liberal Studies is the interdisciplinary examination of subjects related to the humanities, arts, and sciences. Students of Liberal Studies pursue knowledge in these different areas, often learning to integrate what they learn into a coherent whole that serves their life goals.

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Mathematics
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

James Bisgard
509-963-2823
James.Bisgard@cwu.edu

Program Website:
Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

MET Faculty
509-963-1756
met@cwu.edu

Introduction

Engineering is the profession of applying scientific and mathematical principles, experience and critical thinking to make things that benefit society. Mechanical engineers invent, design, analyze, build and test machines, systems, structures and materials to fulfill objectives and requirements while considering the limitations imposed by practicality, regulations, safety and cost.

Opportunities
  • Engineering employment is projected to grow by 9 percent from 2016 to 2026. Entry level salaries range from $50,000-$65,000. Each year, CWU MET graduates have a near 100 percent job placement.
  • Mechanical Engineering students can work in design (energy-generating power plants, gas turbine engines, refrigeration and air conditioning, solar, wind energy production, systems or vehicles) or manufacturing (production planning, manufacture of products, machine programming, quality assurance, lean manufacturing).
Why this program?
  • Become one of the most sought-after professionals in the field. The CWU Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) program prepares you for a rewarding, high-demand career as a mechanical engineer.
  • The MET degree prepares the student to pursue Engineering-in-Training (EIT) Certification and Professional Engineering (PE) Licensure.
  • Central's MET degree is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.
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Middle Level Science Teaching
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

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

Program Website:
Introduction

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

Opportunities

Students in the 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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Middle Level Humanities
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

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

Program Website:
Introduction

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 Teaching
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Peter Klosterman
509-963-1398
Peter.Klosterman@cwu.edu

Program Website:
Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Minor
Department Contact:

Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Paolilli
509-963-3518
Army.ROTC@cwu.edu

Program Website:
Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Stacey Ferris
509-963-2731
biology@cwu.edu

Program Website:
Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Music
Department Contact:

Dr. Kirsten Boldt-Neurohr
509-963-1216
Kirsten.Boldt-Neurohr@cwu.edu

Program Website:
Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Music Education
Department Contact:

Dr. Kirsten Boldt-Neurohr
509-963-1265
kirsten.boldt-neurohr@cwu.edu

Program Website:
Introduction

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. Auditions into the Department of Music are required for this degree.

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Music
Department Contact:

Dr. Kirsten Boldt-Neurohr
509-963-1216
Kirsten.Boldt-Neurohr@cwu.edu

Program Website:
Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Dr. Kirsten Boldt-Neurohr
509-963-1216
Kirsten.Boldt-Neurohr@cwu.edu

Program Website:
Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

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

Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Douglas Presta
509-963-1098
Douglas.Presta@cwu.edu

Program Website:
Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

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

Program Website:
Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Jeffrey Dippmann
509-963-3172
jeffrey.dippmann@cwu.edu

Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

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

Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

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

Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

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

Program Website:
Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

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

Program Website:
Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

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

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Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Allyson Fogle
509-963-2408
polisci@cwu.edu

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Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

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

Introduction

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 Pilot
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Dr. Peter Dittmer
509-963-2364
Aviation@cwu.edu

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Introduction

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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Psychology
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Psychology Department
509-963-2381
psychology@cwu.edu

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Introduction

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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Psychology Online
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Sara Bender
509-963-2381
sara.bender@cwu.edu

Introduction

CWU has a long history of providing excellent training to students seeking a career as a psychologist. 

Opportunities

CWU offers a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology that's completely online. This program prepares graduates for graduate school or for 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. At Central students can choose a 45-credit BA degree or a 30-credit minor in psychology. Both are completely online. 

Why this program?

CWU's psychology program was the first in the state of Washington to be nationally approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Central's online psychology degree program received recognition as a top 30 online program in the nation. 

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Public Health
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

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

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Introduction

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 Health Online
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

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

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Introduction

The online bachelor of science degree in public health (population health specialization), offers students a solid background in the field of public health, with a broad range of courses that can be tailored to the student’s particular interests.

Opportunities

At CWU, students in the online public health program can pursue careers in the fields of mental health, drugs and health, sexual health, police, advocacy, child and maternal health, environmental health, health administration, and more.

Why this program?

Understanding issues and situations that harm people’s potential for health, well-being, and quality of life enables public health professionals to develop effective strategies to deal with those issues.

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Public Policy
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

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

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Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Department of Communication
509-963-1055
communication@cwu.edu

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Introduction

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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Religious Studies
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Jeffrey Dippmann
509-963-3172
jeffrey.dippmann@cwu.edu

Introduction

The religious studies degree 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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

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

Introduction

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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Risk, Insurance, and Safety Management
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Applied Science
Department Contact:

ETSC Department
509-963-1756
etsc_dept@cwu.edu

Introduction

Join a one-of-a-kind academic program in the high-demand field of risk, insurance, and safety management. At Central Washington University, students choose between a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Applied Science degree. Both are 100% online. 

Opportunities

This degree equips students with professional skills, knowledge, and competencies expected of an entry level risk management professional. Students also participate in an internship program that allows them to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to real-world situations. Many internships ultimately lead to employment offers.

Why this program?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor anticipates job growth in the field of risk management at about 19% through 2026. Overall employment of occupational health and safety professionals is projected to grow 6 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations. 

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Russian
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Amy Jenkins
509-963-1218
worldlanguages@cwu.edu

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Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

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

Introduction

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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Secondary Math Teaching
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

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

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Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

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

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Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

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

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Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

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

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Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

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

Program Website:
Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Amy Jenkins
509-963-1218
worldlanguages@cwu.edu

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Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Dr. Wendie Lappin Castillo
509-963-1104
wendie.castillo@cwu.edu

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Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

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

Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Department Contact:

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

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Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Vacant
509-963-2661
soe@cwu.edu

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Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

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

Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Department Contact:

Christina Barrigan
509-963-1750
Christina.Barrigan@cwu.edu

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Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Department Contact:

Christina Barrigan
509-963-1750
Christina.Barrigan@cwu.edu

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Introduction

The Theatre Arts: Design and Production BFA 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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Department Contact:

Christina Barrigan
509-963-1750
Christina.Barrigan@cwu.edu

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Introduction

The Theatre Arts: Music Theatre BFA 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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Department Contact:

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

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Introduction

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 Education
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Department Contact:

Christina Barrigan
509-963-1750
Christina.Barrigan@cwu.edu

Program Website:
Introduction

The Theatre Education BFA is designed to prepare knowledgeable, skilled graduates who will compete in an increasingly competitive field and become effective professional theatre educators. 

Opportunities

Theatre Education students will learn to assess, explain, and interpret the many roles and responsibilities inherent in the world of the educational theatre artist. They will also understand how to use the skills they have developed in other career paths related to their degree.

Why this program?

The Theatre Education BFA meets state endorsement standards for Theatre and provides one of the strongest teacher candidate preparation programs in the state. This pre-professional training program will prepare students for careers in K-12 as well as educational programming with regional theatres.

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Theatre Studies
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Christina Barrigan
509-963-1750
christina.barrigan@cwu.edu

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Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

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

Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Honors
Department Contact:

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

Introduction

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
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Kristine Miller
509-963-1169
kristine.miller@cwu.edu

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Introduction

This interdisciplinary program provides students with a broad understanding of the wine industry. The curriculum focuses on the development of core wine knowledge consisting of sensory analysis, wine regions and grape varietals, viticulture and enology, pairing wine with food, and professional wine service. 

Students completing the Global Wine Studies specialization focus on international wine production, wine tourism, wine program development, wine and food pairing, and receive specialized training in the critical analysis of wines. The Wine Industry Management specialization prepares students to participate in wine business professions by developing expertise in wine distribution, wine business management, legal compliance, and marketing and branding.

Opportunities

This degree is for anyone interested in pursuing a career in the wine industry and is open to students 18 and older. Graduates are prepared for a wide variety of exciting roles including wine marketing, tasting room management, direct-to-consumer sales, wine club management, professional sommelier, wine program development and management, compliance, consulting, and more. With over 1,000 bonded wineries in Washington State alone, opportunities abound!

Why this program?

The CWU Wine Studies degree is one of the few programs in the nation that emphasizes the business side of the wine industry. Students learn from wine industry professionals whose current expertise and connections serve as a bridge to career opportunities.  Our classes emphasize theory and practice, with fun, engaging hands-on learning activities. Classroom-based instruction is integrated with real-world experiences through internships, a faculty-led study abroad trip to Europe, as well as tasting room and winery visits. Wine Studies students also benefit from CWU’s prime location within the Columbia Valley AVA. This region is home to over 99% of all of Washington’s vinifera acreage, placing students in close proximity to a myriad of exciting career and job opportunities. 

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Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Judith Hennessy
509-963-2488
womenst@cwu.edu

Introduction

Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary program where students explore challenging and provocative questions about how gender and sexuality impact people and the societies in which they live. Central offers a Bachelor of Arts in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. 

Opportunities

Students in Central's Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program gain critical thinking skills as they learn about and discuss social and cultural influences through the lens of gender and sexuality. In this program, they will explore issues such as what would gender equality look like and how do our ideas of masculinity and femininity develop, get shared and change in various societies?

Why this program?

At CWU, a degree in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies helps students develop strong research, writing and analytical skills, in addition to effective communication and team work. The program helps open doors to a variety of different careers including market research, university administration, human resources and counseling.

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Welcome to a University Where Your Professor Knows Your Name

Small classes taught by professors allow undergraduates to work closely with faculty, to ask questions, and to engage in research. At CWU, your education is personal. Here, your professor knows your name, and that means something. Central programs are recognized for academic quality and for the graduates we produce. In addition to the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, CWU also offers a variety of certifications and other extended learning opportunities. Continuing Education

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Educational Experiences

CWU is a teaching university. That means student’s academic experience comes first. Small classes and faculty passionate about teaching are a formula for success.

Why CWU?

18% of Washington State K-12 educators are CWU Graduates (more than from any other university).

The largest music department in the Pacific Northwest is at CWU.

CWU’s Department of Geological Sciences is ranked in the top 100 departments nationwide for research grant funding in Earth sciences.

CWU is home to the best paramedics bachelor’s degree in the nation. The program has nearly a 100% job-placement rate.

CWU is the first university to offer baccalaureate business degree programs with a full supply chain concentration and post-baccalaureate certificate in the immediate Seattle area.

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Degree Drawer S360

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

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.

Title: Accounting
Contact
Business Advising Office
cbadvising@cwu.edu
509-963-2930
Introduction

Accounting is how a business records, organizes, and understands its financial information. Accounting tells you whether or not you’re making a profit, your cash flow, the current value of your company’s assets and liabilities, and which parts of your business are actually making money. 

Students will learn about a variety of areas including: 

  • Accounting
  • Taxation
  • Auditing
  • Information Systems
  • Financial Analytics

Career paths include:

  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Financial Accounting
  • External or Internal Auditing
  • Cost Accounting
  • Tax Planning
Opportunities

There are many opportunities for students in the College of Business to connect to other students through clubs like the Accounting and Finance Club, build their network by meeting with alumni and engaging in industry events, get hands on experience through projects and programs like Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, be eligible for additional scholarships, and take advantage of the resources in the Career, Advising, and Tutoring Center.

Why this program?

The website, Discover Accounting, has ranked CWU in the Top 40 accounting schools nationwide. Students have unique recruiting activities through the Accounting Career Events that allow them to connect to employers and engage in their professional development.

Contact
Kathryn Temple
Kathryn.Temple@cwu.edu
509-963-1389
Introduction

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.

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

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.

Contact
Lt. Colonel Michael R. Morris, USAF
afrotc@cwu.edu
509-963-2314
Introduction

Established in 1951, the award-winning Air Force ROTC “Cascade Cowboys” develops knowledge, character, and motivation as cadets are commissioned as USAF second lieutenants.

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 Air Force 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.

Contact Introduction
Established in 1951, the award-winning Air Force ROTC “Cascade Cowboys” develops knowledge, character, and motivation as cadets are commissioned as USAF second lieutenants.
Opportunities Why this program?
Lt. Colonel Michael R. Morris, USAF

Why Air Force ROTC at CWU?

CWU's Airforce ROTC program is award winning, challenging, demanding, and fulfilling.

ROTC classroom and field training take place both in the classroom and in the field and are mixed with academic studies.

ROTC student benefits include academic counseling and planning assistance, and the opportunity to reside in the ROTC Living/Learning Community.

College is partially or fully funded through scholarships and/or receive a monthly stipend for ROTC students. Try one of our programs during your freshman and sophomore years without a required military commitment.

ROTC students learn to fly a plane—or jump out of one—and get in the best physical shape of your life, master combat techniques, learn about the world, and train for leadership.

Prepare for an exciting career by becoming a military officer.

Connect with Air Force ROTC at CWU

Join ROTC at CWU, the opportunity of a lifetime. What are you waiting for?
Title: Anthropology
Contact
Lene Pedersen
lene.pedersen@cwu.edu
509-963-3211
Introduction

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.

Contact Introduction
Ever wonder why people behave the way they do? Students studying anthropology explore everything that has to do with being human. They compare past and present—how was power achieved in ancient Rome and does that provide insight into current presidential elections?
Opportunities Why this program?

Why CWU Anthropology?

Students in the anthropology program can become involved with a CWU Field School that conducts archaeological fieldwork in central Washington.

Students enrolled in the CWU Forensic Anthropology Field School experience the appropriate recovery and handling of human remains by excavating a mock crime scene.

Archaeological students get an up-close look at the importance of public involvement in the protection of local archaeological resources.

CWU anthropology offers course work in cultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology and linguistics.

CWU students enjoy internships at the Seattle Art Museum, National Archives and Records Administration, US Bureau of Land Management, Washington State Historical Society, and Museum of Glass.

Students studying Museum Studies receive a firm foundation in the theory and practice of museums.

Connect to CWU Anthropology and Museum Studies

We're happy you're interested in the field of anthropology and museum studies at CWU. Here are some important links to help you stay connected. Your future is important to us.
Contact
Andrea Eklund
andrea.eklund@cwu.edu
509-963-2067
Introduction

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.

Contact
Dr. Brandy Wiegers
brandy.wiegers@cwu.edu
509-963-2125
Introduction

The applied mathematics program is your chance to connect the theory of mathematics with real-world applications because studying mathematics isn’t just about numbers. Studying applied math is also about recognizing patterns and understanding the logic of shapes, quantities, and systems. Mathematics provides the building blocks to understand the world around us whether it is money, architecture, electronics, or sports.  From the distribution of prime numbers (useful for encrypting communications and an important area of ongoing research here at CWU) to signal processing (useful for analyzing photos and sound, as well as picking out important patterns hidden in immense data sets), mathematics has applications everywhere.  This degree asks you to draw connections between the theoretical and the real world. 

Opportunities

Let’s face it—mathematicians are the rock stars of computer science, engineering, 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.  

 

Here are just a few of the experiences in this major to make sure you are ready for these careers:

 

*  Written and verbal communication: All mathematics majors learn to communicate complicated ideas clearly and precisely, an important skill in all technical fields. You will regularly present project results in a manner that you can describe for your future employer. 

• Honors seminars: You can enroll in an honors seminar every quarter, with each seminar being a new mathematical topic to explore. Past topics included mathematical biology, 3-D printing, cryptology, mathematical games, and more.

* Research : Students are encouraged to continue individual research projects based on the ideas presented in the honors seminars. Past undergraduates have done work in differential equations, cryptology, mathematical modeling, analysis, and more.

• Social Opportunities:  Join the Math Club, help at the Kittitas Valley Math Circle, or challenge yourself with the Putnam Exam, the Kryptos competition, or the Mathematical Competition in Modeling.

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.  Graduates in this program are in graduate school, working in industry, and teaching in local schools.

 

Title: Army ROTC
Contact Introduction
The nationally ranked Army ROTC “Wildcat Battalion,” founded in 1981 and named for the university’s mascot, produces distinguished military graduates.
Opportunities Why this program?
Lieutenant Colonel Joe Paolilli

Why Army ROTC at CWU?

Drive a tank, fire a rifle—or canon—get in the best physical shape of your life, master combat techniques, learn about the world, train for leadership, become a military officer, prepare for an exciting and rewarding career.

Central's Army ROTC program is award winning, challenging, demanding, and fulfilling.

ROTC classroom and field training take place both in the classroom and in the field and are mixed with academic studies.

ROTC student benefits include academic counseling and planning assistance, and the opportunity to reside in the ROTC Living/Learning Community.

As an ROTC student, you can also have your college partially or fully funded through scholarships and/or receive a monthly stipend. And, you can try one of our programs during your freshman and sophomore years without a required military commitment.

Be a part of one of the best battalions in the western United States. 

Connect with Army ROTC at CWU

Ways to connect and stay connected with Army ROTC.
Title: Art
Contact
Gregg Schlanger
gregg.schlanger@cwu.edu
509-963-2665
Introduction

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.

Title: Art + Design
Contact Introduction
You have the talent and the passion. Let us help you turn it into a profession. No one understands your desire to create as well as the professional artists who teach at Central. Not only will they push your creative boundaries, they will also give you the practical tools you’ll need to begin a successful career.
Opportunities Why this program?

Why Art+Design at CWU?

Students in CWU’s Department of Art+Design have access to specialized studios, designed to foster their growth as an artist, no matter what the medium.

Studio areas include: ceramics; drawing; graphic design; jewelry and metalsmithing; painting; photography; sculpture; film and wood design.

Art students work closely with award-winning, professional artists.

CWU art's internationally acclaimed professors are affiliated with the best design studios in the region.

Graduates of Central Art find jobs as teachers, graphic artists, designers, commercial artists, photographers, drafters, video game illustrators, art directors, jewelry designers, and forensic artists.

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.

Connect with art at CWU.

Pursue your passion for creativity at CWU. Choose a degree in art. Be sure to connect with us.
Contact
Gregg Schlanger
gregg.schlanger@cwu.edu
509-963-2662
Introduction

Become an art teacher. The BA in Art Education satisfies the endorsement for visual arts in Washington state. This comprehensive visual-art program qualifies students to teach art at elementary or secondary levels.  

 

Opportunities

Students with an Art Education degree are able to get an endorsement in visual art teaching, leading to outstanding employment opportunities, and they will be qualified to teach art in the K-12 school system across Washington. 

 

Why this program?

The Art Education degree is a multidisciplinary offering between the Department of Art+Design and the Teacher Preparation Program and Secondary Education major offered through the Department of Curriculum, Supervision and Educational Leadership. The degree focuses on engaging with artistic inquiry and teacher education in a variety of settings including K-12, communities, and museums.  

Title: Asian Studies
Contact
Jeffrey Dippmann
jeffrey.dippmann@cwu.edu
509-963-1830
Introduction

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.

Contact Introduction
Want to compete in today’s global job market? Asian Studies prepares students to gain the cultural competence and broad understanding to engage with Asian/Pacific countries.
Opportunities Why this program?

Why CWU Asian studies?

Asians account for 57% of the world’s citizens and are the fastest growing immigrant population in America. What’s more, Asia also has two of the world’s largest economies and both have close—and complex—relationships to the U.S.

Graduates of CWU Asian Studies will be equipped with transferable world-class skills in critical analysis, research, and communication valued by employers across all fields.

Students also have excellent opportunities for networking through a number of student clubs and international organizations.

Study abroad and university exchange opportunities are strongly encouraged. There’s no better way to immerse yourself into the language and culture. Asian Studies students have participated in a variety of study abroad programs.

There are many rewarding career paths for Asian Studies majors, such as banker, development officer, diplomat, international relations and trade, interpreter, marketer, teacher, and policy maker.

Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary curriculum that helps broaden understanding of the region. Students choose to specialize in Japanese, Chinese, or Asian Studies.

Connect with Asian studies at CWU.

Does working in the emerging Asia-oriented economy interest you? Choose a degree in Asian Studies at CWU. Be sure to connect with us for more information.
Title: Aviation
Contact Introduction
CWU is a leader in professional aviation education. The Central Washington University aviation program prepares students for the demands of the aviation industry.
Opportunities Why this program?

Why choose CWU for a degree in aviation?

CWU offers the only program on the West Coast that trains aviation students using the Frasca CRJ-200 turbo-jet trainer.

Demand is high. Analysts at Boeing estimate that more 500,000 commercial airline pilots will be needed over the next 20 years—roughly 28,000 new pilots each year.

CWU aviation graduates often have job offers prior to attaining a degree.

CWU students network through prominent student organizations including the ALPA ACE Club, Alpha Eta Rho, and Women in Aviation International.

Aviation students can choose to live in the Aviation Living Learning Community in Wendell Hill Hall, which gives them an opportunity to develop relationships with aviation faculty outside of the classroom setting.

CWU's aviation program helps you plan ahead and understand which opportunities will help you attain your ultimate goal, whether it's as a pilot or on the ground. 

Connect with Aviation at CWU

Choose CWU Aviation for the experience of a lifetime. What are you waiting for?
Contact
Dr. Gregory Schwab
Aviation@cwu.edu
509-963-2364
Introduction

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.

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

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.

Title: Biochemistry
Contact
Anthony Diaz
diaza@cwu.edu
509-963-2818
Introduction

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.

Contact Introduction
A degree in biology can open many doors for you. Our students become health care providers, wildlife and fisheries biologists, environmental consultants and teachers. Many others work in molecular biotechnology labs and industry, and some continue on to master degree and PhD programs. State and federal agencies in the region hire many of our graduates, and we often continue working with our students on a professional basis once they graduate from CWU.
Opportunities Why this program?

Why CWU Biology?

A diversity of habitats and organisms can be found within a short distance of Ellensburg and CWU. These include prime examples of shrub-steppe, forest, and alpine terrestrial systems as well as the Yakima River, Columbia River and numerous other aquatic habitats.

The employment outlook for biology education students is excellent. Our graduates teach biology in high schools and also have the necessary basic preparation to enter a career in industry or pursue an advanced degree in science.

Graduates of CWU Biology enjoy careers in a number of fields including agronomy, biochemistry, conservation, forestry, marine biology, teaching, or zoology.

Students work in advanced laboratories to understand genetic sequencing.

Students explore all the aspects of life ranging from insects to mammals.

The great outdoors is your lab. You’ll be hiking through deserts, forests, or wetlands to collect specimens and record data.

Connect to CWU Biology

Choose to study biology at Central, the experience of a lifetime. What are you waiting for?
Title: Biology
Contact
Stacey Ferris
Stacey.Ferris@cwu.edu
509-963-2731
Introduction

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.

Contact
Rachel George
Rachel.George@cwu.edu
509-963-2660
Introduction

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.

Contact
Stacey Ferris
Stacey.Ferris@cwu.edu
509-963-2731
Introduction

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.

Title: Business
Contact Introduction
Central Washington University’s College of Business is recognized as a business school of distinction in the Pacific Northwest.
Opportunities Why this program?

Why CWU Business?

Central Washington University’s College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which puts us in the top 5 percent of business schools worldwide

CWU’s accounting program is routinely rated among the nation’s best.

Business classes are conveniently offered at campus locations across the Pacific Northwest.

Business classes at CWU are small and taught by world-class professors.

CWU business students engage in industry-relevant student-centered programs driven by strong partnerships between students, faculty, and business professionals.

Graduates of CWU Business land internships and high-paying jobs with leading companies such as Microsoft, Boeing, Costco, and Amazon.

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

The Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising program offers a Bachelor of Science in Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising, a specialization in Fashion Marketing, a minor in Apparel Design, and a minor in Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising.  Students gain a thorough knowledge of the business aspects of the fashion industry, developing skills in fashion theory; creativity; merchandising; retail operations; buying strategies; technology; fashion forecasting; and target markets depending on program choice. Students use a blend of both right and left-brain thinking to become industry leaders who are forward-thinking, creative, innovative, relevant, and passionate. Small class sizes with rigorous learning experiences supplemented with industry field trips and internships assures students are industry-ready.

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.

Graduates of the fashion marketing specialization are creative and business professionals working in social media management, editorial communications, fashion marketing, fashion promotions, photo styling, and fashion journalism.

Why this program?

Seattle is number four in the US apparel industry with vast opportunities to stay in the pacific northwest post-graduation or go nationally or internationally. The Central Washington University apparel, textiles, and merchandising program 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 while networking with industry professionals throughout their education.

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

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

CWU’s online business administration degree program boasts small classes that are taught by distinguished faculty who interact with the students through state-of-the-art online communication tools. Online courses are flexible so they fit into the student’s individual schedule. 

Opportunities

The bachelor of science online degree in business administration allows students entering with a Washington Associate's degree in business with a direct transfer agreement to easily obtain a business administration degree with a general business specialization.  

Why this program?

This program can accommodate a variety of preferred course loads, from part-time students to full-time students. Full-time students could finish in as little as 5-6 quarters.

Contact
Kim Bartel
kim.bartel@cwu.edu
509-963-1970
Introduction

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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Jodi Musser
Jodi.Musser@cwu.edu
509-963-2773
Introduction

Career and Technical Education (CTE) is a relevant hands-on exploration of career options incorporating basic academic and life skills, leadership preparation, and advanced and continuing education offered in grades 7 to 12. CWU offers CTE teaching courses for current teachers and business and industry professionals.

Opportunities

Combining your career, industry, or teaching knowledge with a CTE certificate opens doors to teaching CTE programs in middle and high schools, as well as skill centers. Apply now and begin to build a teaching foundation that will propel you to unparalleled success in the classroom.

Why this program?

Central’s CTE Teacher Preparation program is uniquely designed for busy, working professionals and is approved by the Washington Professional Education Standards Board. Course requirements can be satisfied in as little as five weeks, for certificated teachers; two years for industry professionals.

Title: Chemistry
Contact
Anthony Diaz
diaza@cwu.edu
509-963-2818
Introduction

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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Do you wonder how insecticides affect water quality? Would you want to analyze the composition of materials from outer space? Would you like to develop life-saving medications? CWU Chemistry may be right for you.
Opportunities Why this program?

Why CWU Chemistry?

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.

CWU’s commitment to hands-on learning means that undergraduates in the chemistry program work closely with professors on advanced research projects.

CWU chemistry students are regularly involved in a variety of research areas including rare earth metals and luminescent displays, the effect of environmental pollutants on the soil, plant-based remedies for diseases, astrochemistry in ice, and pollution monitoring at Mt. Rainier.

CWU’s chemistry teaching major prepares students to teach chemistry at the secondary school level.

Chemistry students regularly present their results at regional and national conferences.

Chemistry faculty members have diverse research interests ranging from the study of trace metals over remote areas of the open ocean to bio activation and cytotoxic mechanisms of xenobiotics.

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Contact
Anthony Diaz
diaza@cwu.edu
509-963-2818
Introduction

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

The Child Development and Family Science major prepares students with the knowledge and skills to work effectively with families and children in a dynamic world. Students choose from three specializations: Child Development, Family Science, or Child Life.

Opportunities

The Child Development and Family Science major prepares students to pursue careers in family social services, early intervention, child life, adoption, childcare, community youth programs, or other careers involving work with children and families. Students are also well-prepared to pursue graduate education in child life, mental health counseling, social work, marriage and family therapy, human development and family studies, or related fields.

Why this program?

Students in the Child Development and Family Science program complete a multi-term internship at an agency suited to their professional goals and interests. Students also participate in research and often present at the university, regional, or national level. The Child Development and Family Science program offers two minors: Child Development and Family Science, as well as a graduate degree in Child Development and Family Science.

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

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.

Title: Communication
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Use a cell phone, a tablet or a computer? Watch movies and TV shows? Post on social media? Want to know what’s happening in the world and why? Communication defines our world. Students who study communication learn how to gather information, reach different audiences, and craft effective messages using a variety of channels and techniques.
Opportunities Why this program?

Why communication at CWU?

Communication students practice every aspect of communication processes, from finding relevant information to delivering it to target audiences in person and through media channels. Students learn how to use today’s communication tools in labs equipped with the latest software used in the professional world.

 
 

CWU students learn how to tell meaningful stories for a variety of media outlets and get to work and strategize with real clients.

CWU’s Journalism degree is built on hands-on learning covering real news that is published across a variety of platforms under the guidance of faculty and staff with many years of professional experience.

CWU Communication students practice every aspect of communication processes, from finding relevant information to delivering it to target audiences in person and through media channels. Students learn how to use today’s communication tools in labs equipped with the latest software used in the professional world.

CWU students learn how to tell meaningful stories for a variety of media outlets, and get to work and strategize with real clients. 

CWU’s Journalism degree is built on hands-on learning covering real news that ’s is published across a variety of platforms under the guidance of faculty and staff with many years of professional experience.

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If you love telling stories, then a career in communication might be a good choice. Connect with CWU's Communication Department to stay up to date on all that's happening.
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Department of Communication
communication@cwu.edu
509-963-1055
Introduction

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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Chris Stone
C.Stone@cwu.edu
509-963-1495
Introduction

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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How would you like to develop mobile software agents that imitate the behavior of insects? Or learn about ethical hacking and big data? Maybe you want to be able to predict stock? You can do these things and more as a CWU computer science student.
Opportunities Why this program?

Why computer science at CWU?

The Computer Science Program at CWU is flexible and robust and prepares you for life in an information technology society.

Students learn technological literacy problem solving skills and gain an understanding of the ethical and social impacts of computing in the modern world.

A computer science degree from CWU opens doors to some of the hottest careers in the country.

Computer science graduates land internships and high-paying jobs with leading companies such as Microsoft, Boeing, Facebook, and Amazon.

Nearly half a million new computer and IT jobs are expected to be added from 2014 to 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Computer science majors as a group have the highest median salaries of any major grouping, according to Payscale.com.

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Warren Plugge
philip.plugge@cwu.edu
509-963-2427
Introduction

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.
Title: Craft Brewing
Contact
Stacey Ferris
Craftbrewing@cwu.edu
509-963-2731
Introduction

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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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.
Opportunities Why this program?

Why Craft Brewing at CWU?

CWU is the only university offering a four-year craft brewing degree program in Washington with a focus on the science of brewing.

America’s brewing industry is growing like never before. Sales of craft brews are surging—up 18 percent last year—and the number of small breweries in the US has mushroomed to more than 3,400.

Industry growth means demand is high for skilled and knowledgeable craft brewing professional.

CWU’s brewing program 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.

CWU graduates are prepared for the real world and have a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to work in the craft brewing industry.

Craft Brewing students perform experiments and receive hands on instruction from industry professionals in all aspects of the craft brew business.

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

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.

Title: Dance
Contact
Therese Young
youngth@cwu.edu
509-963-1937
Introduction

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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Amy Jenkins
worldlanguages@cwu.edu
509-963-1218
Introduction

The Deaf and Sign Language Studies (DSLS) major adopts an interdisciplinary and integrative approach to studying the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community and individuals in national and global societies. The program elevates awareness of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing individuals and heightens linguistic knowledge and cultural appreciation while engaging and collaborating within their communities. Analysis of existing identities, stereotypes, and policies promotes learners to evaluate areas of needs in enforcing change for the betterment of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community. Note: CWU also offers American Sign Language (ASL) minor.  

Opportunities

Students studying DSLS/ASL can find careers in but not limited to; education, social services, business, tourism, and government. This program is also ideal for students aiming to become ASL interpreters or educators after graduation (additional training/courses may be necessary). 

Why this program?

CWU offers small, student-centered classes in American Sign Language (ASL). Students study not only the ASL but also the rich culture, history, and society. Resources available to students to support their journey throughout the courses at CWU include but are not limited to ASL Resource Center, ASL Club, and community events. Course modalities are hybrid, online, and distance learning. ASL minor is also available for students interested in pursuing this field in a smaller scope. 

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Department of Communication
communication@cwu.edu
509-963-1055
Introduction

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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Dia Gary
dia.gary@cwu.edu
509-963-1471
Introduction

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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Stacey Ferris
biology@cwu.edu
509-963-2731
Introduction

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.

Title: Economics
Contact
Business Advising Office
cbadvising@cwu.edu
509-963-2930
Introduction

Economics is the study of decision making. Economists gather, manage, and analyze economic and business data to understand and predict trends so decision makers can make informed choices.

 

Students will learn about a variety of areas including:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Econometrics
  • Economics Research

 

You'll be ready to start a career in:

  • Data Collection and Analysis
  • Research Analysis
  • Forecasting
  • Consulting
  • Policy Advising
  • Economic Development
Opportunities

There are many opportunities for students in the College of Business to connect to other students through clubs like Economics Association, build their network by meeting with alumni and engaging in industry events, get hands on experience through projects, be eligible for additional scholarships, and take advantage of the resources in the Career, Advising, and Tutoring Center.

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.

Title: Education
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Teaching is a life-changing profession. Teachers help shape the future by making a difference in the lives of their students and colleagues. Find your passion to teach at CWU’s School of Education. CWU professors are among the nation’s best educators and are committed to embedding authentic real-world experience in each student’s course of study.
Opportunities Why this program?

Why choose CWU’s School of Education?

At CWU, teacher preparation is everyone’s business. Deans of the colleges of science, education, and arts and humanities work together to ensure faculty in their areas who lead teacher preparation courses have teaching experience.

CWU is the only institution in Washington that tests compassion, caring and conscientiousness.

CWU was selected to be among the first schools in the nation to test a new method of evaluating education majors for teacher performance. 

CWU provides real-world experience in every student’s course of study, offering K-12 classroom experience in more than 40 different courses.

For 125 years, Central has been preparing excellent teachers and educational leaders, and advancing education in Washington. 

The Department of Education, Development, Teaching and Learning in CWU's School of Education employs innovative and exciting new ways to teach math, science and humanities so our teachers can inspire and inform.

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CWU has been educating teachers for 125 years. If your goal is to become a teacher, then Central is the best places to get your degree.
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Lad Holden
Lad.Holden@cwu.edu
509-963-2289
Introduction

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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Vi Alvord
arviso.alvord@cwu.edu
509-963-2049
Introduction

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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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.
Opportunities Why this program?

Why study Engineering Technologies, Safety, and Construction at CWU?

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.

Engineering, safety, or construction graduates enjoy careers in commercial construction management, STEM education, energy system oversight, manufacturing, and safety and risk prevention.

Classes are held in one of the nation’s most advanced facilities for industrial and engineering technology.

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, degrees immediately begin to pay off.

CWU faculty collaborate with students on research and publications and provide proactive advising to keep them on track and job ready.

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Title: English
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The study of English provides professional development for students seeking careers as writers, scholars, and educators, and prepares students for a variety of careers requiring expertise with language, creative expression, and analytical skills.
Opportunities Why this program?

Why study English at CWU?

A degree in English opens the door to just about any career that requires clear thinking and compelling expression.

According to a recent article in Forbes magazine, the present value of the extra earnings that English majors can expect over their lifetime is about $450,000.

Employers rate the ability to communicate with people inside and outside the organization as the most important candidate skill.

Everyone benefits from sharpened communication skills. Success in the job market depends on professionalism, including fluency in the many forms of speech and writing.

Intensive study of language and literature allows us to understand human problems more perceptively and to express ourselves in ways others may appreciate.

Central students enjoy a variety of internships, including Alpine Lakes Design, Blue Begonia Press, Coffey Communications, Educare Press, HopeSource, Left Coast Press, Tash Canyon Counseling, and The Washington Center.

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