Mathematics—Secondary Education

There is a demand for qualified teachers at the secondary level, but there is an even greater need for quality mathematics teachers — teachers who care about both students and mathematics, teachers who have a broad and deep understanding of mathematics, and teachers who are thoroughly professional. The responsibilities are great, but the rewards are even greater.

Teaching mathematics is a challenge, a responsibility, and an opportunity. Learning to teach mathematics occurs through a variety of means: the study of a wide variety of mathematics, pedagogical preparation within a mathematical context, formal clinical preparation in education, an extended internship, and continual experiences as a student, learner, and problem solver.

As a prospective teacher, Western encourages students to focus on expanding their personal understanding of mathematics and capitalizing on opportunities to work with pre-college students as a tutor, classroom assistant, practicum student, and as a novice teacher in their internship. With access to both the Math Center as well as Woodring resrouces, students have dual communities to enhance and enrich their learning and teaching experiences.

This major must be accompanied by the professional preparation program in Secondary Education offered through Woodring College of Education.

Western’s Mathematics Department is part of the College of Science and Engineering.

 

Beyond the Classroom

Teacher education students in the Woodring program gain field experience as tutors, classroom assistants, practicum students, and as novice teachers in internship positions. 

As students in the Mathematics program, students have resources such as the Math Center staffed by undergraduate Math Fellows — it is a great place to get help with homework, meet other students, and form study groups.

 

Careers and Graduate Studies

Graduates are employed in districts all over the state of Washington, and in a number of other locations within, and outside of, the U.S.

 

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.

 

Mathematics—Elementary Education

Teaching mathematics is a challenge, a responsibility, and an opportunity. Learning to teach mathematics occurs through a variety of means: the study of a wide variety of mathematics, pedagogical preparation within a mathematical context, formal clinical preparation in education, an extended internship, and continual experiences as a student, learner, and problem solver.

There is strong demand for elementary teachers with a strong background in mathematics, but there is an even greater need for quality mathematics teachers — teachers who care about both students and mathematics, teachers who have a broad and deep understanding of mathematics, and teachers who are thoroughly professional. The responsibilities are great, but the rewards are even greater.

As prospective elementary teachers specializing in mathematics, students focus on expanding their personal understanding of mathematics and capitalizing on opportunities to work with pre-college students — as tutors, classroom assistants, practicum students, and as novice teachers in an internship position. The Mathematics — Elementary 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.

Involved in both the mathematics and the teaching community, math education students get the benefits of being a part of two colleges. Access to the Math Center as well as a myriad of teaching resources, helps our students meet their maximum potential as both teachers and learners. 

Western’s Mathematics Department is part of the College of Science and Engineering.

 

Beyond the Classroom

As students in the mathematics program, students have resources such as the  Math Center staffed by undergraduate Math Fellows — it is a great place to get help with homework, meet other students, and form study groups.

Students in the Woodring program gain field experience as tutors, classroom assistants, practicum students, and as novice teachers in internship positions.

 

Careers and Graduate Studies

Students from the Mathematics — Elementary Education program generally go on to get jobs in both elementary and middle schools. In recent years, our graduates have been employed by school districts such as Bellingham, Kent, Tacoma and Redmond school districts.

 

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.

 

Sample Careers

  • Elementary Teacher
  • Middle School Teacher

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.

 

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.

 

Sample Careers

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

Kinesiology—Sport Psychology

A BS degree in Kinesiology — Sport Psychology specialization provides students with the behavioral knowledge and educational techniques to enhance performance in recreational, exercise, and athletic settings. The major provides a concentrated study of human movement from mechanical, physiological, and pathological perspectives. Sport Psychology is appropriate for students who plan to work in the fitness/exercise industry or any other field such as coaching or rehabilitation, where human movement and exercise prescription are the focus. Additionally, this degree can serve as the gateway degree to the allied health professions (physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant) or preparation for post-baccalaureate study in other areas such as exercise physiology, health and fitness, biomechanics, physical therapy, sport psychology, nutrition, and human growth, and motor development. Supporting courses from biology, chemistry, computer science, communications, health education, and physics are included to provide more in-depth analysis of principles associated with human structure and function. 

The Health and Human Development Department is part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

“Throughout my tenure at Western, I have been inspired by the combined and dedicated efforts of both physical education and kinesiology faculty and students to passionately pursue the study and practices of health, fitness, and human performance.”

–Ralph A. Vernacchia, Ph.D., Faculty

Beyond the Classroom

Students in the program participate in field or internship experiences, but also have the opportunity to make connections with peers and professionals through the Kin Club. The Kinesiology Club is devoted to helping students prepare for future careers by creating friendships, developing leadership skills, participating in events, interacting with health-care and fitness professionals, and learning how to become competitive candidates for careers and graduate schooling.

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.

 

Sample Careers

  • Athletic Coaching 
  • Wellness Coordinator 
  • Health Club Manager 
  • Personal Trainer 
  • Pharmaceutical Drug Sales 
  • Biomedical Research &/or Sales 
  • Fitness Product Sales 
  • Athletic Trainer* 

*with post-baccalaureate study

Department of Health and Human Development - Kinesiology

Kinesiology—Pre-Healthcare Professions

The Kinesiology — Pre-Healthcare Professions program is a concentrated study of human movement from mechanical, physiological, and pathological perspectives. The Pre-Healthcare Professions option is ideal for students who wish to pursue post-baccalaureate study in a healthcare profession such as occupational therapy, physician assistant, nursing, naturopathy, or chiropractic, or preparation for post-baccalaureate study in other areas such as exercise physiology, health and fitness, biomechanics, physical therapy, sport psychology, nutrition, and human growth and motor development. Supporting courses from biology, chemistry, computer science, communications, health education, and physics are included to provide an in-depth analysis of the principles associated with human structure and function.

Western’s Health and Human Development Department is part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

“Throughout my tenure at Western, I have been inspired by the combined and dedicated efforts of both physical education and kinesiology faculty and students to passionately pursue the study and practices of health, fitness, and human performance.”

–Ralph A. Vernacchia, Ph.D., Emeritus Faculty and Founder of the Center for Performance Excellence

Beyond the Classroom

Students in the program participate in field or internship experiences, but also have the opportunity to make connections with peers and professionals through the Kin Club. The Kinesiology Club is devoted to helping students prepare for future careers by creating friendships, developing leadership skills, participating in events, interacting with health-care and fitness professionals, and learning how to become competitive candidates for careers and graduate schooling.

Careers and Graduate Studies

Employers of Recent Western Graduates: 

  • Fremont County Ambulance: Medic 
  • Full Life Care: Heads Up Traumatic Brain injury Activity Coordinator 
  • Infinity Rehab: Rehab Aide 
  • My Spine Chiropractic and Massage: Trainer 
  • Olympia Physical Therapy: Exercise Specialist 
  • Pioneer Human Services: Detox Treatment Specialist 
  • Summit Place Assisted Living: CAN 
  • Sunset Yoga Works: Certified Yoga Instructor

 

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.

 

Sample Careers

Pre-Health Care Specialization Careers: 

  • Nursing* 
  • Occupational Therapy* 
  • Physician Assistant* 
  • Naturopathic Medicine* 
  • Chiropractic Medicine* 

Additional Career Options 

  • Wellness Coordinator 
  • Health Club Manager 
  • Personal Trainer 
  • Pharmaceutical Drug Sales 
  • Biomedical Research 
  • Biomedical Sales 
  • Fitness Product Sales 
  • Athletic Trainer* 
  • Nutrition Specialist* 

*with post-baccalaureate study

Department of Health and Human Development - Kinesiology

Kinesiology—Movement Studies

Kinesiology is the concentrated study of human movement from developmental, mechanical, motor control, psychosocial, psychological, pathological, and physiological perspectives. The Kinesiology — Movement Studies Specialization is recommended for students who wish to pursue a variety of career opportunities related to kinesiology. 

The Movement Studies Specialization provides a concentrated study of human movement from mechanical, physiological, and pathological perspectives. The program is appropriate for students who plan to work in the fitness/exercise industry or any other field such as coaching or rehabilitation, where human movement and exercise prescription are the focus. Additionally, this degree can serve as the gateway degree to the allied health professions (physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant) or preparation for post-baccalaureate study in other areas such as exercise physiology, health and fitness, biomechanics, physical therapy, sport psychology, nutrition, and human growth and motor development. Supporting courses from biology, chemistry, computer science, communications, health education and physics are included to provide more in-depth analysis of principles associated with human structure and function. 

Western’s Health and Human Development Department is part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

“Throughout my tenure at Western, I have been inspired by the combined and dedicated efforts of both physical education and kinesiology faculty and students to passionately pursue the study and practices of health, fitness, and human performance.”

–Ralph A. Vernacchia, Ph.D., Emeritus Faculty and Founder of the Center for Performance Excellence

Beyond the Classroom

Students in the program participate in field or internship experiences, but also have the opportunity to make connections with peers and professionals through the Kin Club. The Kinesiology Club is devoted to helping students prepare for future careers by creating friendships, developing leadership skills, participating in events, interacting with health-care and fitness professionals, and learning how to become competitive candidates for careers and graduate schooling.

Careers and Graduate Studies

Employers of Recent Western Graduates: 

  • Baxter Healthcare: Plasma Center Technician 
  • BioForce HRV: Strength and Conditioning Coach 
  • Brittney VanDijk Yoga and Wellness: Yoga Instructor/Owner 
  • The Everett Clinic: PT Aide 
  • Gold’s Gym: Certified Personal Trainer 
  • Lakeland Sports and Spine Physical Therapy: Physical Therapist Aide 
  • North Coast Gymnastics Academy: Team Director and Coach 
  • NW Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation 
  • Dr. Todd Lovell: Massage 
  • Washington Athletic Club: Personal Trainer

 

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.

 

Sample Careers

  • Wellness Coordinator 
  • Health Club Manager 
  • Personal Trainer 
  • Pharmaceutical Drug Sales 
  • Biomedical Research &/or Sales 
  • Fitness Product Sales 
  • Athletic Trainer* 
  • Nutrition Specialist* 

*with post-baccalaureate study

Department of Health and Human Development - Kinesiology

Kinesiology—Health and Fitness Specialist

Kinesiology is the concentrated study of human movement from developmental, mechanical, motor control, psychosocial, psychological, pathological and physiological perspectives. The Kinesiology — Health and Fitness Specialization program at Western is appropriate for students who plan to work in fitness/exercise, coaching, or rehabilitation where human movement and exercise prescription are the focus. Additionally, this degree can serve as the gateway degree to the allied health professions (physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant) or preparation for post-baccalaureate study in other areas such as exercise physiology, health/ fitness, biomechanics, physical therapy, sport psychology, nutrition, and human growth and motor development. Supporting courses from biology, chemistry, computer science, communications, health education, and physics are included to provide more in-depth analysis of principles associated with human structure and function. 

Western’s Health and Human Development Department is part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

“Throughout my tenure at Western, I have been inspired by the combined and dedicated efforts of both physical education and kinesiology faculty and students to passionately pursue the study and practices of health, fitness, and human performance.”

–Ralph A. Vernacchia, Ph.D., Emeritus Faculty and Founder of the Center for Performance Excellence

Beyond the Classroom

Students in the program participate in field or internship experiences, but also have the opportunity to make connections with peers and professionals through the Kin Club. The Kinesiology Club is devoted to helping students prepare for future careers by creating friendships, developing leadership skills, participating in events, interacting with health-care and fitness professionals, and learning how to become competitive candidates for careers and graduate schooling.

Careers and Graduate Studies

The program prepares professionals who are skilled in evaluating health behaviors and risk factors, conducting fitness assessments, writing appropriate exercise prescriptions, and motivating individuals to modify negative health habits and maintain positive lifestyle behaviors for optimal health. Health and fitness specialists conduct these activities in the university, clinical, corporate, and commercial or community settings where their clients participate in health promotion and fitness-related activities. This specialization is appropriate preparation for graduate study in exercise physiology and cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation.

 

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.

 

Sample Careers

Health and Fitness Specialization Careers: 

  • Wellness Coordinator 
  • Health Club Manager 
  • Personal Trainer 

Additional Career Options: 

  • Fitness Product Sales 
  • Pharmaceutical Drug Sales 
  • Biomedical Research 
  • Biomedical Sales 
  • Athletic Trainer* 
  • Nutrition Specialist* 

*with post-baccalaureate study

Department of Health and Human Development - Kinesiology

Journalism—Visual Journalism

Journalists are responsible for gathering information, analyzing and editing it for a mass audience, and dispensing it using some form of media platform. Increasingly the methods of distribution have become more complex, but the basic mission of a journalist remains the same: to serve the public by finding, defining, writing, and editing information. 

Courses in the Visual Journalism sequence prepare students in the concepts, professional practices and course work applications of visual components of news: photojournalism, information graphics, video and audio clips, mapping, and typography. Visual Journalism majors study theoretical and practical communications in a liberal arts setting. Students gain practical experience on Western’s award-winning student media, and majors additionally take field internships with newspapers, magazines, broadcast stations, public relations agencies, and other professional organizations. 

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

 

“[Visual Journalism] provides opportunity upon opportunity to not just study the subject matter, but to get out into the real world and experience it. With all the writing, photography, multimedia, and design skills I’ve acquired throughout my experience in the sequence, I feel prepared and versatile enough to succeed in today’s rapidly changing journalism landscape.”

– Carey Rose, Alumni

Beyond the Classroom

While enrolled in the Journalism program, students are offered a number of learning opportunities including working as writers, photographers, or editors on university publications; learning from industry professionals; and working hands-on with community organizations to gain experience in the field. 

Student publications at Western include the weekly newspaper, The Western Front; the quarterly magazine, Klipsun; and the quarterly environmental magazine, The Planet. Policy for the publications is set by the Student Publications Council, and the majority of the funding is from student fees. All Western students are eligible to participate in publications staff work.

Careers and Graduate Studies

Few fields of study prepare students for as wide a range of interesting and challenging careers. Journalists first and foremost learn to write, to accumulate, and analyze information. Skills from the Journalism major are in demand in a host of fields beyond traditional mass media.

 

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.

 

Sample Careers

  • Reporter 
  • Editor 
  • Customer Service Representative 
  • Public Relations Specialist 
  • Community Relations Director 
  • TV News Anchor 
  • Speech Writer 
  • Advertising Copywriter 
  • Copywriter 
  • Market Research Analyst 
  • Lobbyist 
  • Photojournalist 
  • Designer 
  • Multimedia Producer 
  • Communication Specialist

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Journalism—Public Relations

Journalism is the work of supplying content, primarily news, for the ever-expanding world of mass media. Journalists are responsible for gathering information, analyzing and editing it for a mass audience, and dispensing it using some form of media platform. Increasingly the methods of distribution have become more complex, but the basic mission of a journalist remains the same: to serve the public by finding, defining, writing, and editing information. 

Journalism — Public Relations majors at Western study theoretical and practical communications in a liberal arts setting. Students gain practical experience on Western’s award-winning student media, and majors additionally take field internships with newspapers, magazines, broadcast stations, public relations agencies, and other professional organizations. Courses in the Public Relations sequence follow the News-Editorial emphasis, adding communication skills important for careers in this rapidly growing field. 

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

“[Western’s] public relations program is rooted in professionalism. We don't only learn theory, we spend time doing hands-on activities and preparing for what the real world of public relations will be like.”

-Emily Willeman, Alumni

Beyond the Classroom

While enrolled in the Journalism program, students are offered a number of learning opportunities including working as writers, photographers, or editors on University Publications; learning from industry professionals; and working hand-on with community organizations to gain experience in the field. 

Student publications at Western include the weekly newspaper, The Western Front; the quarterly magazine, Klipsun; and the quarterly environmental magazine, The Planet. Policy for the publications is set by the Student Publications Council, and the majority of the funding is from student fees. All Western students are eligible to participate in publications staff work.  

 

 

Careers and Graduate Studies

Few fields of study prepare students for as wide a range of interesting and challenging careers. Journalists first and foremost learn to write, accumulate, and analyze information. Skills from the Journalism major are in demand in a host of fields beyond traditional mass media. 

Employers of Recent Western Graduates: 

  • Freelance: Digital Marketing Consultant 
  • Gemini Fish Market: Fish Monger and Marketing Assistant 
  • KTVZ News Channel 21: Reporter/Producer 
  • McKinney Trailer Rentals: Marketing Assistant 
  • Microsoft: Recruiting Coordinator 
  • Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum: Induction Show Coordinator 
  • Nordstrom: Director Marketing Planner Accessories/WSP
  • Revolution PR: Account Associate 
  • Tosten Marketing: Social media manager and Creative Content

 

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.

 

Sample Careers

  • Reporter 
  • Editor 
  • Customer Service Representative 
  • Public Relations Specialist 
  • Community Relations 
  • Director 
  • TV News Anchor 
  • Speech Writer 
  • Advertising Copywriter 
  • Copywriter 
  • Market Research Analyst 
  • Lobbyist 
  • Photojournalist 
  • Designer 
  • Multimedia Producer 
  • Communications Specialist

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Japanese

The best way to understand a culture directly is through its language. Studying Japanese opens the door to learning firsthand about Japanese society through language, literature, culture, and civilization.

Western’s Modern and Classical Languages Department trains in two areas: language structure and literary analysis. Language structure is taught both holistically and analytically. Holistic language learning is facilitated by modern methods and multimedia technology, as well as study abroad opportunities. Analytical instruction of language is taught through a full range of language skills courses, as well as a significant number of linguistics courses. Literary analysis is an essential component to the curriculum, and the department provides instruction in history and culture, as well as literary theory. 

Examples of coursework include:

  • EAST 369 - Japanese Literature in Translation
  • HIST 485 - Japanese Military History: Samurai Fact and Fiction
  • JAPN 330 - Japanese Culture Through Film

Western’s Modern and Classical Languages Department is part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

 

Beyond the Classroom

Students in the Modern and Classical Languages Department are encouraged to study abroad in direct or exchange programs. 

Careers and Graduate Studies

Employers of Recent Western Graduates:

  • AtoZ Corporation: Nagano, Japan
  • Avalon English Academy: Seoul, Korea
  • KCP International Japanese Language School: Tokyo, Japan

 

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.

 

Sample Careers

  • Interpreter
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • FBI Agent
  • Educator
  • Foreign Diplomat
  • Travel Writer
  • Communication Specialist

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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