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.
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.
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.
Sundaram (Raj) Nataraja
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.
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.
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.
CWU's offers two options for an an online Information Technology and Administrative Management (ITAM) degree that prepares students for information technology, administrative management or retail management and technology careers. Students can earn a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Applied Science in ITAM. Both degrees are entirely online.
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.
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.
Central’s Interdisciplinary Studies-Social Sciences degree allows you to choose courses from several disciplines to meet your interests and professional goals.
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.
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.
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.
Graduates of this program go on to serve as correction officers, juvenile justice officers, law enforcement officers, and wildlife agents.
CWU's online law and justice program was name #2 in the Top 50 Best Value Online Criminal Justice Programs of 2016.
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.
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.
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
CWU's online writing program is designed to prepare students for success in the contemporary work environment. It combines the rigor of creative writing in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting with the practical elements of professional and technical writing and editing.
Students in Central's online professional and creative writing program graduate with an adaptable, tech-savvy, professional degree and and in-depth understanding of multiple genres. The major's interdisciplinary range allows students to shape their major with courses that best suit their interests and goals.
Students learn written communication skills that are easily transferred to any career. Graduates of CWU's online writing program work for businesses, agencies, publications, government offices, and non-profit organizations.
The social service major is designed for students interested in working in the human services delivery systems.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Sociology Department provides opportunities for students to understand the conceptual and methodological tools used by sociologists to understand society.
CWU offers ten outstanding online bachelor’s degree completion programs and eight online graduate degree programs. No more struggling to work classes into your busy schedule. No more putting off the degree program you need to improve your future. You can earn your university degree while attending flexible, online classes no matter where you are. Our paramedicine bachelor’s degree program and two of our health related master’s programs are the only programs that include on-campus components combined with online learning. Otherwise, every course is completely online.
Each online program is affordably priced and non-resident online student tuition waivers allow out-of-state students to pay the same tuition as in-state students when they enroll in a fully online degree program. CWU’s accredited online learning programs give both working adults and traditional students a convenient way to gain the degree they need to improve their career and income. Best of all, you’ll be earning your online degree from one of Washington’s, and the entire country’s, best-value and most-respected universities.
Non-Resident Online Student Tuition Waivers: Non-resident students enrolled in online programs: Undergraduate, Post-baccalaureate, and Graduate students pay 100% of resident tuition after the waiver is applied. Non-resident students enrolled in online classes: Undergraduates and Post-baccalaureate students pay 150% of resident tuition. Graduate students pay 125% of resident tuition. Please review the Waiver Policy Guidelines and contact the CWU Financial Aid Office to identify yourself as a student eligible for a non-resident online student tuition waiver.
Qualifying States Disclaimer: Central Washington University is not authorized to accept students into online courses and online degree programs from the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, and Missouri. If you reside in a state listed above, you are ineligible at this time for admission. Please check back to our website periodically as new states will be added when we receive additional authorizations.
Internship Disclaimer: Internships are not allowed or are restricted in some states. If you reside in a state with an internship restriction, please contact the appropriate online program advisor about internship requirements prior to applying to the university.
Hybrid: online and on-campus course work required