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Connecting a major to a career is a challenge for many students. Below you will find a list of programs and concentrations linking to information to help you start the process.

UW Tacoma Programs/Concentrations List:

Accounting

The Accounting option is designed to complement the broader-based Business Administration core. Students develop skills to work in organizations and be effective decision-makers with a focus on the accounting aspects of business. A major in accounting leads to opportunities in public accounting, private industry, or governmental accounting. Accounting professionals must be able to analyze financial information and prepare financial reports to determine or maintain record of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities within an organization.

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American Studies

American Studies allows students to examine cultural, artistic, political, and economic patterns in the United States. Students in American Studies pursue careers in media, education, government, business, non-profit agencies and law. Depending on the focus the students choose, they may pursue graduate studies in related disciplines.

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Arts, Media & Culture

Students study formal, aesthetic and socio-cultural ways of understanding literature, visual art, film, music or other media. Arts, Media and Culture prepares students for a range of careers, including media, museum work, public relations, public history, publishing and the arts. Also for students pursuing broad cultural literacy, as well as advanced study in performing and visual arts or the humanities.

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Communication

This concentration focuses on the full range of communication media-including radio, television, newspapers, magazines, film, advertising, public relations, and the Internet-and how it pervades every aspect of our society. Recommended for careers in print and broadcast writing, reporting, editing, and web design in the rapidly growing and interdisciplinary field of media research.

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Computer Engineering & Systems

Students will have the ability to apply knowledge of math, science and engineering; design and conduct experiments as well as to analyze and interpret data; design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs; function on multi-disciplinary teams; identify, formulate and solve engineering problems; an understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities; ability to communicate effectively; the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context; a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning; a knowledge of contemporary issues; an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

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Computing & Software Systems

Students will have the ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline; to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution; to design, implement and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs; to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal; to understand professional, ethical and social responsibilities; to communicate effectively with a range of audiences; to analyze the impact of computing on individuals, organizations and society, including ethical, legal, security, and global policy issues; recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, continuing professional development; to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.

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Education

Students can choose from K-8 teacher certification, secondary science education, or for educators seeking to expand their educational background.

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Environmental Science

Students will develop a basic understanding of the humanities and social sciences, and the interdisciplinary connections between these subjects and the natural sciences, in order to understand and solve environmental issues. They will also demonstrate the ability to apply interdisciplinary training to environmental problems of local, regional, national, or global significance.

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Environmental Studies

While receiving a strong background in environmental sciences, students will be exposed to a broad range of interdisciplinary course work that examines the legal, economic, social, literary, historical, and philosophical perspectives on both local and global sustainability issues. This major will prepare students interested in pursuing diverse and contemporary careers such as environmental law, policy, management, planning, and teaching in the public, private, academic and non-profit sectors.

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Ethics, Gender and Labor Studies

This concentration focuses on class, ethnicity, and gender to explore how communities form and are transformed. Students of this concentration pursue careers in a range of public and private service organizations, the corporate world, unions, and community organizations. This concentration prepares students for graduate study in law, education, public administration and urban policy, history, sociology, political science, and anthropology.

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Finance

The financial services sector is a high-growth industry in the Pacific Northwest. Students in the Finance option acquire a solid background in financial theory and practices enabling them to work in a wide range of business professions. The Finance option prepares students to begin a career in portfolio management, financial planning, investing, banking, real estate investment and other related industries. Domestic and international career opportunities in the financial services industry are rapidly expanding.

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General Business

The General Business option is designed for the student interested in a broad perspective that draws from multiple disciplines. General Business gives students the opportunity to explore a wide range of business disciplines, including management, marketing, accounting, financial services, information systems, international business and organizational leadership.

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General Studies

The requirements for completing a General Studies concentration are flexible enough to allow students to chart their own courses through the program and focus on areas that are most pertinent to their needs and interests.

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General Studies students pursue a wide range of careers including government, business, non-profit management, journalism, education, and law. There is no limit to the related occupations with this concentration.

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Global Studies

Students in the Global Studies concentration study a variety of subjects and themes in an international context, including artistic, cultural, political and economic patterns among and within other nations. Students of Global Studies pursue careers in government, business, nonprofit management, the media, education and international law. Depending on the focus students choose, they may pursue graduate studies in related world areas or disciplines.

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Information & Technology Systems

The Information Technology & Systems (ITS) program is for you if you want a program that emphasizes a practical, interest-based, specialization-oriented degree; are interested in a program that actively responds to emerging technology trends and diversifications in information technology and systems; you value an emphasis on real-world education experiences, since as part of this program enrolled students will gain in-the-field experience by engaging in industrial co-ops prior to graduation; you are an active learner, passionate about current trends in technology and capable of achieving the goals of designing, managing and supporting the next generation information systems.

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International Business

The International Business option provides a focused course of study from the perspective of the global environment. The option is intended to prepare students for positions in international divisions of American companies; to work in the import-export business; to seek careers in national or international governmental agencies; to establish international businesses; and to enter careers in international commercial and investment banking.

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Management

The Management option addresses the ability to lead other people, fostering the skills of planning, organizing, controlling and decision making at all levels and areas in the organization. In addition, this option also fosters the development of skills that can be used to foster individual and organizational efficiency and effectiveness through the study of leadership, team and individual behavior, and human resources.

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Marketing

The Marketing option provides the knowledge that encompasses the dynamic environment of economic conditions, consumer research, product safety, technology, legal issues and social change. The option prepares students for responsibilities in domestic business firms, including private and publicly held firms, as well as governmental agencies, international and multinational organizations.

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Nursing

UW Tacoma Nursing takes a registered nurse, licensed in Washington State, to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN). The Master of Nursing program prepares RNs for clinical practice in acute, long-term care, ambulatory, and community settings. We offer the following study options: Communities, Populations and Health, Healthcare Leadership, Nurse Educator, Independent Option.

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Political Economy

The concentration provides a solid foundation for understanding how economics and politics shape our everyday lives and how we may shape them. This concentration prepares students for careers in government, public agencies, business and nonprofit management, or advanced studies in law, journalism, international relations, international development and other social sciences.

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Politics & Values

This concentration combines the disciplines of political science, philosophy, sociology, history, economics and policy studies. Politics and Values prepares students to pursue careers or further study in government, law, planning, nonprofit management, community work, diplomacy, business, teaching, journalism and other fields.

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Psychology

Psychology involves the scientific study of behavior and its causes and the understanding of human behavior in a variety of settings. The curriculum is designed for students who plan to work as professional psychologists and thus need a sound preparation for graduate study; for students who plan a career in any field dealing primarily with people, such as nursing, teaching, social work, guidance, and human resources.

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Self & Society

This concentration examines how, in various cultures and in different historical periods, the self is shaped, how individuals acquire particular identities, and how these identities are grounded in values and understandings about the social and natural world. Self and Society prepares students to pursue careers and advanced studies in all fields that aim to enhance individual capacities, self-understanding, and ethical relations with others and the natural world. Careers could include but are not limited to education, counseling, community services, public service, social work, environmental protection, religion, and the arts.

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Social Work

Graduates with a degree in Social Welfare are prepared to accept professional social work positions in a variety of settings. Typical positions for social welfare graduates are those that serve children, families, older persons, individuals with developmental disabilities, persons with severe and persistent mental illness, individuals who abuse alcohol and drugs, and those who are in the criminal justice system, health and long-term care agencies, and public social services.

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Urban Studies

Urban Studies is an interdisciplinary liberal arts approach to a study of the urban social, economic, historical, environmental and political processes/issues affecting societies. Course topics include society and culture, urbanization, environment, planning, race and poverty, and economic development, all of which are enhanced by field experience, internships, and research projects.

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