Art—P-12

The broad instructional concept of Art Education is to integrate the components of art history, art criticism, and studio art courses, university courses, and Western's Gallery Exhibition Program and permanent collection. Students learn to interpret, analyze and make intelligent judgments about art, and the skills and concepts of the studio. A grasp of the dynamic nature of a culture and the continuing extension of its visual language is a fundamental objective.    

Western’s Art P-12 program prepares students to teach pre-school through 12th grades, providing them with a strong understanding of the history, traditions, and conventions of art and art criticism. The program introduces curricular design in the arts and the four components of Discipline Based Art Education — criticism, history, aesthetics, and art studio.  

This major must be accompanied by the professional preparation program in Secondary Education and leads to an endorsement in visual arts. See Secondary Education for program admission, completion, and teacher certification requirements. 

Western’s Art Department is part of the College of Fine and Performing Arts

Western’s Elementary and Secondary Education Departments are part of the Woodring College of Education.

“I couldn’t have asked for better experiences in teaching students and creating work. The authentic instruction in art taught at Western will keep graduates in the forefront of the job market.” – Mariah Klemens, Student

Beyond the Classroom

Art students have unique opportunities to gain hands-on, practical experience for a future career in the art world. Faculty assist students in handling and installing artworks, learning and expanding research skills, or improving critical analysis and essay-writing abilities. 

Western Art Galleries

Students play an active role in the operations of Western’s three galleries, including the Western Gallery and two student run galleries — the Viking Union and B galleries. 

Research

Art Faculty encourage students to explore the academic world through research assistantships — an invaluable experience for students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in the field.

Study Abroad

The Department of Art offers many opportunities to travel abroad and domestically. Students participate in unique, life-changing encounters with art and art history.

Careers and Graduate Studies

Western Art alumni have gone on to pursue their passions, including:

  • Robert McCauley: National Endowment for the Arts fellowship recipient and professional painter
  • Eugenie Tung: Head Teacher for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Education Program
  • Jim Goldberg: Author of seven books, National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, and professional photographer
  • Virginia Troy: Associate professor of Art History at Berry College

Sample Careers

  • Art Educator 
  • Art Therapy

Applied Mathematics

Mathematics is the study of pattern, structure, and change. Although it is one of the most ancient disciplines, new mathematics is being created every day. It can be found in everything from Internet security, to green energy technology, to Wall Street investment strategies.

Classes in Western's Department of Mathematics emphasize analytical thinking and problem-solving skills that will serve you well not just in mathematics, but in many other careers, including law, business, and a range of technical fields. Mathematics students benefit from small class sizes, which allow a high level of interaction with faculty. 

Compared to the BA and BS Mathematics programs this major requires that each student take a carefully selected sequence of courses focusing on a particular area of application of mathematics.

 

“The math department has prepared me for several potential employment fields such as actuarial sciences and teaching, and the program values student interaction with professors and faculty.” –Zac Balonick, student

Beyond the Classroom

Campus Groups

Outside of the classroom, you can stay involved with mathematics by working in the Math Center, joining the Putnam Exam group, or participating in the Math Modeling Competition or the Kryptos cryptography competition.

Research and Internships

You might also work on a research or independent study project with faculty, or participate in an internship. During their studies at Western, students have interned as Software Developers for companies like Attachmate and Emergency Reporting, and have received other internship opportunities through Moss Adams and Cypress Semiconductor.

Careers and Graduate Studies

Empowered with the critical thinking skills that Mathematics develops, recent Western graduates have obtained positions in a variety of fields including actuarial science, cancer research, computer software development, business management, and the movie industry, among many others.

The skills acquired in our program have prepared graduates for further academic studies in Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Oceanography, and Education.

Recent graduates are employed in the field as DevOps Contractors — Software Developer & IT Operations (at Attachmate), Fiscal Affairs Specialists (through the National Staff Assault Task Force), and as Computer Application Developers (with the Washington State Legislature). Other graduates have received jobs at Microsoft, Google, Premera Blue Cross, Safeco, Milliman, Raytheon, and SAIC, among other companies. Many graduates who are now teachers, and a number of our students have also gone on to Ph.D. programs throughout the country.

Sample Careers

  • Actuary 
  • Research Analyst 
  • Statistician 
  • Biostatistician
  • Math Teacher 
  • Demographer 
  • Database Administrator 
  • Information Scientist

Anthropology—Biocultural Concentration

The Biocultural Anthropology Concentration is the most flexible of the Biology/Anthropology combined majors and allows students to gain a broad interdisciplinary training relevant to many professions confronting the challenges of modern society. Anthropology Department faculty members carry out research in Latin America, North America, Asia, The Pacific, and Eastern Europe, and are dedicated to excellence in teaching. The Department faculty have earned awards for distinguished contributions to undergraduate education and research, have written nationally disseminated textbooks, and developed curriculum designed to provide extensive opportunities for students to engage in hands-on learning experiences working with clients in community social-services agencies, and through participatory research. 

Students earning a degree in Anthropology will be able to apply their learning to a variety of jobs locally and internationally in the global economy of today’s world.

 

Alex Donigian
Anthropology—Biocultural Concentration

"The discipline of anthropology perfectly balances science, philosophy, and art in such a way that it beautifully and accurately explains and describes the human experience and all of its complex interactions of spirituality, independence, biology, psychology, and social ritual." — Alex Donigian, student

Beyond the Classroom

Western's Anthropology curriculum is designed to provide extensive opportunities for students to engage in hands-on learning experiences working with clients in community social-services agencies, and through participatory research. 

Research

There are opportunities for field work and library research in each of the four subfields of Anthropology. The department engages in a series of funded projects, providing a wide diversity of research opportunities, and the library holdings include resources for those pursuing cross-culture and culture-area research. Archaeological field school surveys are conducted alternate summers.  

Internships

Students create internships that suit their specific interests to maximize their chances of long-term career success and satisfaction. Internships often include local museums and organizations, but can also be found outside the area or abroad.    

Anthropology Club

Western’s Anthropology Club is a group of students and faculty who promote interest in the discipline of Anthropology. The club plans and promotes speakers, trips, and events which relate to all four of the subdivisions within Anthropology. The main annual event is the planning and hosting of the Anthropology Conference, which is held in conjunction with Scholar’s Week.

 

Careers and Graduate Studies

Students earning a degree in Anthropology will be able to apply their learning to a variety of graduate degrees and careers locally and internationally in both the public and private sectors. Opportunities may be found in teaching (public school, community college, and college), federal and state agencies, social services, applied health setting, museums, and international business.

Sample Careers

  • Physical Anthropologist 
  • Archaeologist
  • Cultural Anthropologist 
  • Anthropological Linguist 
  • Forensic Anthropologist 
  • Applied Health 
  • Medical Fields

Anthropology/Biology

Biological (or Physical) Anthropology, offered by Western’s departments of Anthropology and Biology, combines the study of Human Biology and Behavioral Science. It is the study of both present and past human variation as it relates to local ecologies and cultures.

This major is more flexible than the Biology/Anthropology B.S. but is also excellent preparation for the applied health careers and graduate programs in Biological or Physical Anthropology.

Biological anthropologists specialize in:

  • Human or Primate Anatomy
  • Genetics
  • Disease Ecology
  • Growth and Development
  • Forensic Anthropology and Osteology
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Primate Behavior and Primatology

Beyond the Classroom

Internships

Students create internships that suit their specific interests to maximize their chances of long term career success and satisfaction. Internships often include local museums and organizations, but can also be found outside the area or abroad.

Anthropology Club

Western’s Anthropology Club is a group of students and faculty who promote interest in the discipline of Anthropology. The club plans and promotes speakers, trips, and events which relate to all subdivisions within Anthropology. The main annual event is the Anthropology Conference — which the Anthropology Club hosts and plans — and is held in conjunction with Scholar’s Week.

Kyra Langhelm
Biology/Anthropology B.S. Student

"I chose this field because of my love of biology and for people and culture. This major integrates these two fields, which others may see as loosely connected but are important to each other. It’s important to understand someone’s worldview and culture and how that affects their beliefs regarding health." 

Careers and Graduate Studies

This flexible major offers excellent preparation for the applied health careers and graduate programs in Biological or Physical Anthropology.

Students earning a degree in Anthropology will be able to apply their learning to a variety of graduate degrees and careers locally and internationally in both the public and private sectors. Opportunities may be found in teaching (public school, community college, and college), federal and state agencies, social services, applied health setting, museums, and international business.

Sample Careers

  • International Studies 
  • Ethnologist 
  • Museum Curator 
  • Overseas Consultant 
  • Researcher 
  • Archaeologist

Accounting

A thorough knowledge of accounting is necessary to understand the operation and financial condition of any business, non-profit organization, or governmental agency. Western's accounting students take a broad array of accounting courses, including courses from the economics and business Administration programs, to prepare them for accounting careers or post-graduate studies. Graduates leave the program equipped to take examinations to become certified public accountants (CPA) or certified management accountants (CMA). 

 

"Western's accounting program boasts many features that set it amongst some of the region's most distinguished curriculums. The caliber and accessibility of its faculty make it truly exceptional."

- Andrew Kangiser, Student

Beyond the Classroom

Western's Accounting major provides students with many opportunities to get involved outside the classroom. Students have the opportunity to be connected with relevant internships and jobs, and have access to a variety of scholarships through the College of Business and Economics.

Many students join the Accounting Society and Beta Alpha Psi chapter to attend professional events, meet other accounting students, and participate in service learning. These organizations meet jointly to maximize student interaction with the accounting profession. Chapter participants have the opportunity to meet professionals from all areas of the accounting field.

Careers and Graduate Studies

The accounting graduate can expect to find employment in a number of areas including private business, public accounting, non-profit organizations, or governmental units. Typical work may include areas such as cost analysis, auditing, accounting systems, taxation, or cash management.

The Accounting program at Western offers a fast track for a MPAcc (Master of Professional Accounting).

Employers of Recent Western Graduates:

  • Moss Adams (Staff Accountant)
  • Washington State Department of Revenue (Revenue Auditor)
  • T-Mobile (Tax Analyst)
  • Amazon (Financial Analyst)

Western graduates who pursue graduate studies are doing so at such schools as:

  • University of Washington (Master's in Professional Accounting/Taxation)
  • University of Notre Dame (PhD in English)
  • Concordia University (Law School)

Sample Careers

  • Arts Management
  • Auditor Certified
  • Public Accountant
  • Controller
  • Cost Analyst
  • Estate Planner
  • FBI Agent
  • Fraud Examiner
  • Revenue Agent

Anthropology/Social Studies

The Anthropology Department offers this combined major in partnership with Western's Woodring College of Education. Anthropology is particularly valuable for teachers, because it provides a broad understanding of human behavior, cultural diversity, and learning as a process of social interaction. Teachers today work with students of various cultural backgrounds and awareness of specific cultural learning influences, attitudes, motivations, and patterns of interaction is an integral part of working effectively and respectfully in diverse communities.

Through the required basic courses in Anthropology, majors will acquire an understanding of cultural context, the evolution of contemporary institutions, and both similarities and differences that are both the heritage and potential of humanity. With faculty Advisement, Anthropology — Social Studies students will identify topics for advanced coursework, including:

  • Diverse Cultures and Ethnic communities in the Pacific Northwest

  • The relationship of cultural and political realities to civic engagement

  • Linkages between cultural expectations and learning processes

To receive a recommendation for state of Washington certification, students must complete the teacher certification program, including the content methods course SEC 426, offered by the Department of Secondary Education, as a part of the undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree, or as a post-baccalaureate program, or as a part of the Master’s in Teaching degree. See the Secondary Education section of the online catalog for program admission, completion, and teacher certification requirements. Completion of this combined major leads to an endorsement in social studies.

 

Beyond the Classroom

Western's Anthropology curriculum is designed to provide extensive opportunities for students to engage in hands-on learning experiences working with clients in community social-services agencies, and through participatory research. 

Research

There are opportunities for field work and library research in each of the four subfields of Anthropology. The department engages in a series of funded projects, providing a wide diversity of research opportunities, and the library holdings include resources for those pursuing cross-culture and culture-area research. Archaeological field school surveys are conducted on alternate summers.  

Internships

Students create internships that suit their specific interests to maximize their chances of long-term career success and satisfaction. Internships often include local museums and organizations, but can also be found outside the area or abroad.    

Anthropology Club

Western’s Anthropology Club is a group of students and faculty who promote interest in the discipline of Anthropology. The club plans and promotes speakers, trips, and events which relate to all four of the subdivisions within Anthropology. The main annual event is the planning and hosting of the Anthropology Conference, which is held in conjunction with Scholar’s Week.

 

Careers and Graduate Studies

While the Anthropology/Social Studies major is tailored for students interested in teaching Social Studies, graduates can apply their learning to a variety of graduate degrees and careers locally and internationally in both the public and private sectors. Opportunities may be found in teaching (public school, community college, and college), federal and state agencies, social services, applied health setting, museums, and international business.  

 

Sample Careers

  • Teacher 

  • Education 

  • Attorney 

  • Researcher 

  • Politician 

  • Governmental Advisor 

  • Diplomacy 

  • Human Services

Anthropology—Elementary

The Anthropology Department offers this combined major in partnership with Western's Woodring College of Education. Anthropology is particularly valuable for teachers, because it provides a broad understanding of human behavior, cultural diversity, and learning as a process of social interaction. Teachers today work with students of various cultural backgrounds and awareness of specific cultural learning influences, attitudes, motivations, and patterns of interaction is an integral part of working effectively and respectfully in diverse communities.

Through the required basic courses in Anthropology, majors will acquire an understanding of cultural context, the evolution of contemporary institutions, and both similarities and differences that are both the heritage and potential of humanity. With faculty Advisement, Anthropology — Elementary students will identify topics for advanced coursework, including:

  • Diverse Cultures and Ethnic communities in the Pacific Northwest
  • The relationship of cultural and political realities to civic engagement
  • Linkages between cultural expectations and learning processes

This major satisfies the academic major requirement for teacher certification with an endorsement in elementary education and must be accompanied by the professional preparation program in Elementary Education offered through Woodring College of Education.

Beyond the Classroom

Western's Anthropology curriculum is designed to provide extensive opportunities for students to engage in hands-on learning experiences working with clients in community social-services agencies, and through participatory research. 

Research

There are opportunities for field work and library research in each of the four subfields of Anthropology. The department engages in a series of funded projects, providing a wide diversity of research opportunities, and the library holdings include resources for those pursuing cross-culture and culture-area research. Archaeological field school surveys are conducted on alternate summers.  

Internships

Students create internships that suit their specific interests to maximize their chances of long-term career success and satisfaction. Internships often include local museums and organizations, but can also be found outside the area or abroad.    

Anthropology Club

Western’s Anthropology Club is a group of students and faculty who promote interest in the discipline of Anthropology. The club plans and promotes speakers, trips, and events which relate to all four of the subdivisions within Anthropology. The main annual event is the planning and hosting of the Anthropology Conference, which is held in conjunction with Scholar’s Week.

Careers and Graduate Studies

While the Anthropology — Elementary major is tailored for students interested in teaching, graduates can apply their learning to a variety of graduate degrees and careers locally and internationally in both the public and private sectors. Opportunities may be found in teaching (public school, community college, and college), federal and state agencies, social services, applied health setting, museums, and international business. 

Sample Careers

  • Teacher 
  • Education 
  • Attorney 
  • Researcher 
  • Politician 
  • Governmental Advisor 
  • Diplomacy 
  • Human Services

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