Business Administration—Finance Concentration

Western's Business Administration majors explore leadership roles in business and the community, providing students with the perceptual and analytical skills necessary  to make decisions and evaluate policies in business, and develop an understanding of the social, economic, and regulatory environments in business. All  students earning a degree in Business Administration develop significant understanding of  management information systems and computing.  

The field of finance encompasses many different areas including investments, financial institutions, corporate finance, and real estate. The Finance Concentration includes coursework in each of these areas as well as courses in options and futures, multi-national finance and insurance. Managing finances requires you to answer intricate questions like: Can we afford to give employees a raise? Is it better to rent or buy office space? How should we finance our business? Typically, a student who pursues a concentration in finance is good with math, money, inherently a problem solver, and well organized.

The Department of Finance and Marketing is part of the College of Business and Economics.

 

"The internship programs at Western are a great way to get a heads up on the competition after graduation and I would recommend them to any student who is serious about pursuing a certain career path."

–John Peters, Merrill Lynch & Saturna Capital

Beyond the Classroom

Student internships or apprenticeships in finance are excellent for gaining practical experience in a professional, finance-related work setting. Internships help students apply the skills learned in class to real-life situations and give students valuable professional experience and mentoring. 

The Financial Management Association (FMA) assists in the professional, educational, and social development of college students interested in financial management, banking, real estate and investment management. It provides an association for college students actively interested in these fields, and encourages interaction between business executives, faculty, and students interested in finance, economics, and accounting. FMA events include:

  • Guest speakers
  • Investment management experience 
  • Resume building
  • Career information and internships
  • Networking with potential employers
  • Club outings
  • Affiliation with the nationally-recognized  FMA International
  • FMA website (jobs, conferences,  finance certifications, and forecast competitions)
  • Membership in the FMA National Honor Society 

Careers and Graduate Studies

A graduate with a concentration in Finance may work as a financial securities or loan officer analyst, business financial manager, portfolio manager, financial planner, or stockbroker. 

Employers of Recent Western Graduates: 

  • Bank of New York Mellon: Senior Performance Analyst
  • Martin Nelson and Company, Inc.: Investment Advisor
  • Molina Healthcare: Healthcare Analyst
  • City of Seward: Accounting Tech
  • Adobe Systems: Tester 
  • Bank of America: Teller 
  • Bentall Kennedy: Property Assistant 
  • Chrono Wealth Capital: Financial Analyst 
  • Curnow and Curnow: Administrative Assistant 
  • Golin Harris: Billing Coordinator/Financial Administrator 
  • KeyBank: Management Associate 
  • Mutual of Omaha: Financial Services Representative 
  • Seattle Mariners Baseball Club: Finance Intern 
  • WA State Auditor’s Office: Assistant State Auditor 
  • WA State Department of Financial Institutions: Financial Examiner 
  • WA State Department of Revenue 
  • Wells Fargo Home Mortgage: Home Mortgage Consultant

Sample Careers

  • Mutual Fund Manager
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Investment Banker
  • Financial Planner
  • Claims Adjuster/Examiner
  • Actuary
  • Financial Analyst
  • Appraiser
  • Loan Officer
  • Business Financial Manager
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Stock Broker

Department of Finance and Marketing

Anthropology

Do you find human diversity and various cultures fascinating? If so, you may wish to consider a major in Anthropology, the scientific study of humankind in all the cultures of the world, past and present. Studies focus on human physical development, cultural behavior, adaptation to different environments, and creative expressions of meaning and belonging. Working in partnerships with communities and peoples worldwide, anthropologists help address contemporary human problems, highlighting evidence that points to both past and potential solutions.

Western's Anthropology curriculum reflects a strong commitment to a cross-cultural, comparative perspective. Students work with and take courses from faculty members who are nationally and internationally recognized researchers of Latin America, North America, Asia, The Pacific, and Eastern Europe, and who are dedicated to excellence in teaching.

The Anthropology Department provides training in four sub-disciplines: 

  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Physical Anthropology
  • Anthropological Linguistics

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

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.

Employers of recent Western graduates: 

  • Bao Sai Gon Giai PHong (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam): Editor  
  • Black Belt Museum (Livingston, AL): Museum and Archives Programs and Records Specialist 
  • Icon Developments (Seattle, WA): Project and Office Manager 
  • San Francisco Gyrotonic (San Francisco, CA): University Course Coordinator 

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

  • Johns Hopkins University: Museum Studies (MA) 
  • Seattle University: Criminal Justice (MA) 
  • Western Washington University: TESOL (Certification) 
  • Worsham College of Mortuary Science: Mortuary Science and Embalming 

Sample Careers

  • International Studies 
  • Law Enforcement 
  • Ethnologist 
  • Diplomacy 
  • Museum Curator 
  • Overseas Consultant 
  • Linguist 
  • Education 
  • Researcher 
  • Translator 
  • Archaeologist
  • International Business 
  • Politics 
  • Governmental Advisor 
  • Cultural Diversity Programs 
  • Human Resources 
  • Social Services

 

English—Literature Emphasis

The English-Literature Emphasis major focuses on the study of literatures in historical and cultural contexts, and also includes course work in linguistics, literary theory, and writing. The program offers a diverse spectrum of classes ranging from antiquity to the twenty-first century and covering a wide variety of topics in literature, media, composition, and language studies. Courses encompass and explore multiple cultural traditions, allowing graduates to cultivate skills in critical thinking, creative expression, close reading, persuasive writing, and effective speaking. This is an ideal major for anyone seeking a well-rounded Liberal Arts education with a wide range of future employment options.

The English Department provides small, student-centered classes, innovative educational methods, and close faculty-student interaction. Majors in the Literature Emphasis may also opt to add state teaching endorsements to their program of study. Western’s English Department is part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

 

 

“Western has a fabulous reputation that continues to grow every year; a strong literature department with caring faculty who helped introduce me to the field that I want to pursue professionally…I hope to go to grad school in the UK and study Library Information Science so that I may one day be a middle school librarian.” –Maddie Erickson

Beyond the Classroom

English graduates go on to work in many fields — they become teachers, lawyers, doctors, community, organizers, curators, editors, publishers, agents, art program directors, screenwriters, film directors, game designers, reviewers, essayists, novelists, scholars, poets, environmentalists, publicists, historians, musicians, and mountain climbers (among many other things). Every year many of our alumni return to campus to generously offer us their wisdom and experience.

The English department also encourages students to explore internship possibilities. Some internships are organized through and by English department classes. Students have recently completed internships at The Neighborhood Playhouse, LAW Advocates, Bellingham Alive, Sean Humphrey House, Growing Veterans, and the Lummi CEDAR Project.

Careers and Graduate Studies

Students in the English program have amassed an enviable record of placement in graduate programs, including recent admission to doctoral programs at Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, University of California at Berkeley, University of California at Davis, University of Iowa, University of Illinois, University of Pittsburgh, University of Edinburgh, and Boston College. Students have also been admitted to masters programs in literary studies, education, business administration, and library science.

The study of literature, writing, linguistics, critical theory, and visual media also prepare English graduates to pursue a variety of careers in law, business, government, professional writing, publishing, and education.

Employers of Recent Western Graduates:

  • American Museum of Natural History, New York: Editorial Manager
  • Center for Independence: Project Manager and Fund Developer
  • Chop Suey: Marketing and Promotions
  • Cranbook Kingswood School: Instructor
  • The Crocodile: Talent Buyer
  • Everett Community College: Writing Assistant/Peer Tutor
  • Explorations Academy: Outreach and Admissions Coordinator
  • Fortive: Human Resources Generalist
  • Funko: Marketing Coordinator
  • Gearbox Software: Lead Writer
  • GEPIK: English Teacher
  • Logos Bible Software: Marketing Copywriter
  • Lummi Indian Business Council: Writer/Administrator
  • Microsoft: Content Developer
  • Oni Press: Managing Editor
  • Salesforce.com: Customer Relationship Manager
  • The Stamp and Coin Place: Social Media Coordinator
  • Starbucks: Site Content Manager
  • Surferseen.com: Videographer/Editor
  • Ticketmaster: Content Specialist Copywriter
  • Vicinity Web: Senior Writer
  • WWU Foundation: Program Assistant
  • Zharmae Publishing Press LLC: Managing Editor

 

Sample Careers

  • Social Media Coordinator
  • Videogame Plotting/Design
  • Web Content Creator
  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Screenwriter
  • Copywriter
  • Research Analyst
  • Technical Writer
  • Advertising Copy Writer Public Relations Specialist
  • User Experience Expert (UX)
  • Usability Tester
  • Book Buyer/Seller
  • Web Content Developer/Writer
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Special Events Coordinator/Speech Writer
  • Lobbyist
  • Grant Writer
  • Fundraising Coordinator
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Archivist

 

English—Creative Writing Emphasis

Western’s Creative Writing program focuses on creative writing in fiction, drama, poetry, or nonfiction prose and includes coursework in literature to supplement the writing courses. Courses encompass and explore multiple cultural traditions, allowing graduates to cultivate skills in critical thinking, creative expression, close reading, persuasive writing, and effective speaking.

The department provides small, student-centered classes, innovative educational methods, and close faculty-student interaction. English faculty members have earned numerous awards for excellence in teaching, research, and writing; they are nationally and internationally recognized in creative and critical fields. 

Western’s English Department is part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

 

“The professors in the English department have been the most inspiring to me during my time at Western. It’s really incredible the talent that these professors possess, in their writing and their teaching both. It’s clear to me that they teach because they love to inspire, and they truly have inspired me.” –Hannah Newman

Beyond the Classroom

Every year English graduates from many fields — teachers, lawyers, doctors, community, organizers, curators, editors, publishers, agents, art program directors, screenwriters, film directors, game designers, reviewers, essayists, novelists, scholars, poets, environmentalists, publicists, historians, musicians, mountain climbers — generously offer us their hard won knowledge. In this sense, Western alumni have become associates in learning.  

Recent Student Internships:

  • Chuckanut Writers
  • Epicenter Press Inc.: Editing and Publishing
  • Excellence Northwest
  • SPARK Museum
  • Community Empowerment Network (CEN)

Careers and Graduate Studies

The study of literature, writing, linguistics, critical theory, and visual media, prepare English graduates to pursue a variety of careers in law, business, government, professional writing, publishing, and education. Students in the English program have amassed an enviable record of placement in graduate programs and professional positions. Students wishing to further develop their skills in English should consider Western’s graduate programs.

Employers of Recent Western Graduates:

  • Bellingham School District: Tutor
  • Blind Eye Books: Social Media Coordinator/Freelance Editor
  • Blue Sun: Managing Editor
  • Briefed Media: Technology Columnist
  • CareerPerfect.com: Editor/Writer
  • Coffee Town Press: Assistant Editor
  • Icicle Broadcasting Inc.: News Reporter/Producer
  • Jaded Ibis Press: Marketing Associate
  • OmniGamer: Senior Editor
  • Peace Corps: Teacher
  • Serendipity Literary Agency: Assistant Literary Agent
  • Uttana: Web Content Producer
  • Zulily Inc.: Copywriter

Sample Careers

  • Social Media Coordinator
  • Videogame Plotting/Design
  • Web Content Creator
  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Screenwriter
  • Copywriter
  • Research Analyst
  • Technical Writer
  • Advertising Copy Writer Public Relations Specialist
  • User Experience Expert (UX)
  • Usability Tester
  • Book Buyer/Seller
  • Web Content Developer/Writer
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Special Events Coordinator/Speech Writer
  • Lobbyist
  • Grant Writer
  • Fundraising Coordinator
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Archivist

 

Mathematics/Computer Science

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. 

Computer Science is organized around the study of design and analysis techniques used to write software or programs in various application areas, along with details about the internal workings of computers (known as computer architecture and operating systems).

Western’s Mathematics/Computer Science Program provides excellent preparation for graduate study or for careers in the technical, scientific, and mathematical application of computers. Students are able to apply their knowledge and expertise in the development of computer-based solutions of complicated mathematical problems, including environmental and ecological modeling, scientific and engineering calculations, and statistical analysis.

Western’s Mathematics and Computer Science Departments are part of the College of Science and Engineering.

 

Careers and Graduate Studies

With the skill set of both Western’s mathematics and computer science faculty, students in the Mathematics/Computer Science program have the tools to succeed in a myriad of career settings or, if they choose, in continued education.

Sample Careers

  • Research Analyst
  • Systems Analyst
  • Technical Writer
  • Applied Science Technologist
  • Information Scientist

Early Childhood Education

This non-teaching endorsement program offered through the Department of Special Education and Education Leadership was designed to prepare graduates to work with families and children with disabilities or at-risk in a variety of non-school based settings/programs. This rigorous major combines content in Special Education with that in Early Childhood. Throughout the program, students develop skills that enable them to synthesize knowledge of development, assessment, evidence based intervention, family systems, and the legal/social/political context in which they work with the goal of supporting children and families.

Interested in working with individuals with disabilities, but not quite sure? Please feel free to contact someone in the Department of Special Education and Education Leadership. You might even be interested in our GUR course, EDUC 205 Disability, Diversity and Media.

Western’s Early Childhood Education program is part of the Woodring College of Education.

 

“I chose to be a part of the Early Childhood Education program because I want to make a difference in children’s lives. Being able to understand and support the young minds that will later become strong contributors to society, definitely makes me feel like a superhero.”

–Tina Nguyen, Student

Beyond the Classroom

Practicum Placements

The college faculty coordinate a wide range of school and community based practicum placements strategically placed throughout the program. This provides frequent opportunities to interact with young children while developing your teaching skills.

Professional Development

Candidates may opt to participate in professional development activities outside of the classroom setting. These activities are varied and may include events such as professional development alongside practicing teachers/professionals in the local schools/community or attendance as selected informational talks or workshops.

Compass 2 Campus

The State of Washington mentoring initiative at Western is designed to increase opportunities in higher education by providing mentoring for 5th – 12th grade students from traditionally underrepresented and diverse backgrounds in Whatcom and Skagit counties. For more information on the program, visit this website.

Careers and Graduate Studies

There continues to be a shortage of professionals trained to work with young children with disabilities and their families. Our graduates work in a wide range of community based programs including Early Intervention Programs for young children age birth through three.

Our graduates have training in both Early Childhood Special Education and Early Childhood Education which provides them an excellent foundation for graduate programs. Many of our graduates have sought graduate training to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and specifically work with young children with autism.

 

Sample Careers

  • Elementary Education Teacher (P-3)
  • Head Start
  • Childcare

Department of Elementary Education

Art Studio

Art Studio, a professional undergraduate art degree, provides Western students with opportunities to create, interpret, analyze, and make informed judgments about art, studio concepts, and practices. Art studio classes are designed to familiarize students with the principles that shape and inform visual literacy and expression through a variety of practices in art making.

Art Studio includes ceramics, drawing, fiber/fabrics, inter and mixed-media, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Students in the program investigate the function of art and the relationships between art, culture, artist, and audience.

The Art Studio BFA continues beyond the BA to a more advanced level.

 

Kelly Hanabusa
Art Studio Student

“Being an artist allows me to see the world and create my own interpretation of it in whatever form I want it to be. I love manipulating materials to give art a whole other dimensionality and meaning for people to consider. With art, the possibilities are endless.”

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.

Internships

While in the department, students have a chance to do internships with local businesses, learning about how to employ their burgeoning skills in various art-related fields

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
  • Exhibiting Artist
  • Exhibit Designer
  • Gallery Director
  • Photographer
  • Curator

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