UW Tacoma Programs/Concentration List

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Connecting a major to a career is a challenge for many students. This list of programs and concentrations are to help you consider various majors and career options and explore what kind of role you may want pursue after you graduate.


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.

Sample of Related Occupations:

  • Budget Analysts
  • Cost Estimators
  • Loan Officers
  • Tax Examiners
  • Collectors
  • Revenue Agents
  • Bookkeeping Clerks
  • Auditing Clerks
  • Management Analysts

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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, nonprofit agencies and law. Depending on the focus the students choose, they may pursue graduate studies in related disciplines.

Sample of Related Occupations:

  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Advertising and Promotions Managers
  • Teacher
  • Librarians
  • Related Government Positions
  • Anthropologists
  • Interpreters and Translators
  • Criminal Justice Related Positions
  • Curator

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Arts, Media and 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.

Sample of Related Occupations:

  • Journalist
  • Exhibit Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Art Instructor
  • Web Design
  • Media Planner
  • Editor
  • Lobbyist
  • Copywriter
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Reporter
  • Photographer
  • Book Critic
  • Fashion Designer

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Biomedical Sciences

Biomedical Sciences immerses students in an exploration of topics in the life sciences including cell biology, genetics, microbiology, molecular biology, neurobiology, and physiology, as they are applied to the science of human health.


  • Biochemists
  • Clinical Data Managers
  • Clinical Research Coordinators
  • Geneticists
  • Natural Science Manager

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Business Administration

The Business Administration 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.

Sample of Related Occupations:

  • General and Operations Managers
  • Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes
  • Business Teachers
  • Business Operations Specialists

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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.

Sample of Related Occupations:

  • Communications Consultant
  • Publicist
  • Technical Writer
  • Speech Writer
  • Correspondent
  • Company Spokesperson
  • Newscaster
  • Reporter
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Convention Organizer
  • Columnist
  • Advertising Account Executive

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Computer Engineering

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.

Sample of Related Occupations:

  • Systems Engineer
  • Electronic Data Interchange System Developer (EDI System Developer)
  • System Architect
  • Hardware Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Field Service Engineer
  • Network Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Systems Integration Engineer

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Computer Science

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.

Sample of Related Occupations:

  • Software Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Network Engineer
  • Publishing Systems Analyst
  • Application Developer
  • Averaged HEND (High-Energy Neutron Data)
  • Data Product Lead
  • Customer Information Control System Programmer (CICS Programmer)
  • Program Analyst
  • Systems Programmer

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Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice curriculum will allow students to expand their education by learning to evaluate broader aspects of the criminal justice system and develop theoretical and analytical knowledge and skills.


  • Counseling
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Legal Assistance
  • Legal Research
  • Security
  • Investigating
  • Forensics

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

Sample of Related Occupations:

  • K-8 Teacher
  • K-8 Special Education Teacher
  • Secondary Science Teacher
  • Administrator
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Grant Writer
  • Principal/Assistant Principal
  • Adult Education Instructor

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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.

Sample of Related Occupations:

  • Lobbyist
  • Surveyor
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Science and Protection Specialist
  • Environmental Compliance Technician
  • Zoologist
  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialist
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Forester
  • Food Science Technician
  • Soil and Water Conservationist

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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 nonprofit sectors.

Sample of Related Occupations:

  • Lobbyist
  • Surveyor
  • Environmental Science and Protection Specialist
  • Environmental Compliance Inspector
  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialist
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Teacher
  • Lawyer
  • Industrial Organizational Psychologist

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Environmental Sustainability

The bachelor of arts degree in Environmental Sustainability prepares students to understand, analyze, and solve environmental and sustainability challenges. Interdisciplinary foundations in environmental sciences, including natural and social sciences, combine with training in communications, writing, law, critical perspectives, and emerging sustainability science. Students also choose one of four options for in-depth study: Environmental Policy and Law; Environmental Communication; Business/Nonprofit Environmental Sustainability; or Pre-Environmental Education. A capstone course or certificate links students to real-world projects, internships, and/or research. An organizing theme throughout the major is coupled human and natural systems.


  • Environmental policy
  • Education
  • Environmental consult
  • Corporate sustainability
  • Outreach

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Ethnic, 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.

Sample of Related Occupations:

  • Research Associate
  • Policy Analyst
  • Behavioral Scientist
  • International Affairs Position
  • Mediator
  • Historian
  • Archivist

Related Ethnic, Gender and Labor Links


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.

Sample of Related Occupations:

  • Financial Advisor
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Financial Planner
  • Account Executive
  • Registered Representative
  • Investment Advisor
  • Financial Consultant
  • Financial Counselor Analyst
  • Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
  • Compliance Officer
  • Community Reinvestment Act Officer (CRA Officer)
  • Internal Auditor
  • Risk Manager
  • Securities Analyst
  • Equity Research Analyst
  • Real Estate Analyst

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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.

Sample of Related Occupations:

  • Lawyer
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Social and Community Service Managers
  • Political Scientist
  • Intelligence Officer
  • International Trade Specialist
  • Strategic Planning Consultant

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Global Urbanism

The Urban Studies Program offers a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies with formal options either in Global Urbanism or Community Development and Planning. Global Urbanism teaches theories and practices of the process of global urbanism and how flows of people, outcomes, and ideas cut across social, political and spatial divisions. Prepares students to be solution-thinking global citizens who understand urban conditions and processes in various parts of the globe in relation to Tacoma and the South Puget Sound region.


  • Urban and Regional Planner
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Agricultural Technicians
  • Teacher

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Healthcare Leadership

The University of Washington Tacoma’s bachelor of arts degree with a major in Healthcare Leadership provides opportunities for students interested in leadership positions across a spectrum of healthcare settings.  The program is designed to utilize an interdisciplinary approach that prepares students for careers in healthcare. This degree will prepare students in South Puget Sound with the critical thinking processes and experiential learning necessary to become leaders in organizations ranging from healthcare systems to government agencies.


  • Clinical department assistant manager/manager
  • Health education instructor/planner
  • Operations assistant director/director
  • Compliance auditor/officer
  • Foundations (gifts) associate/director
  • Contracts administrator

Related Healthcare Links:

Regence (a health insurance plan)

Hispanic Studies




Information Technology

The Information Technology and 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 diversification 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.

Sample of Related Occupations:

  • System and Network Administrator
  • Computer Security Specialist
  • Computer and Information Systems Managers
  • Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts
  • Software Tester
  • Information/Software Architect
  • Database Administrator

Related Information Technology Links:

Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (major)


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.

Sample of Related Occupations:

  • Interpreters and Translators
  • Management Analysts
  • Business Executives
  • Nonprofit Management
  • International Trade Specialist
  • International Economist
  • Cultural Adviser

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Law and Policy

Law and Policy students learn to think analytically about the law and social policy, both in the United States and around the world. This coursework links with the challenges facing policy makers and social activists in Tacoma, Washington state, the U.S. and the world.


  • Public policy analysis and management
  • Nongovernmental organizations
  • Policy analysis thinktanks
  • Law and legal administration (e.g., probation and parole)
  • Law enforcement (FBI, police)
  • Rights advocacy
  • Teaching

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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.

Sample of Related Occupations:

  • Employee Relations
  • Training
  • Inventory and Material Management
  • Production and Operations
  • Strategic Planning
  • Purchasing
  • Consulting
  • Administration
  • Information Management
  • Human Resources
  • Financial Services
  • Hotel and Retail Management
  • Project Management
  • Organizational Development
  • Sales

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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.

Sample of Related Occupations:

  • Account Manager
  • Advertising Executive
  • Brand Manager
  • Buyer
  • Consultant
  • Customer Affairs Manager
  • Fundraiser
  • Insurance Agent
  • Market Researcher
  • Merchandising Specialist
  • New Product Representative
  • Public Relations Representative
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Recruiter
  • Research Analyst
  • Retail Sales Representative
  • Sales Manager
  • Store Manager

Related Marketing Links:


The Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics provides students with a strong theoretical foundation and practical applications to help graduates secure STEM-related jobs in the South Sound region. The program is structured so that you will see the three branches of mathematics: algebra, analysis, and geometry, and study one of these topics in depth. A two-quarter sequence of study in one of these branches is required, fostering a depth and maturity of mathematical thought in a modern context. The flexibility of this degree allows you to follow multiple pathways into the major and upper division courses while supporting your personal career goals.


  • Mathematicians
  • Actuaries
  • Astronomers
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Physicists
  • Statisticians

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Nursing (RN to BSN)

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.

Sample of Related Occupations:

  • Nurse (various settings)
  • Health Services Administrator
  • Teacher
  • Policy Specialist

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Politics, Philosophy & Economics

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.

Sample of Related Occupations:

  • Lawyer
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Social and Community Service Managers
  • Political Scientist
  • Strategic Planning Consultant
  • Nonprofit Positions
  • Teacher
  • Journalist
  • Reporter
  • Campaign Staffer
  • Activist
  • Press Secretary
  • City Manager
  • Legislator
  • Fundraiser

Related Politics, Philosophy & Economy Links:


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.

Sample of Related Occupations:

  • Teacher
  • Guidance Counselor or School Counselor
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Social Worker
  • Nurse
  • Crisis Intervention Specialist
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Correctional Caseworker
  • Research/Laboratory Assistant
  • Eligibility Specialist
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Agency Director
  • Midwife
  • Forensic Nurse
  • Health Services Administrator
  • Community Relations Director
  • Student Affairs Administrator

Related Psychology Links:

Social Welfare

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.

Sample of Related Occupations:

  • Agency Director
  • Aging/Gerontology Specialist
  • Case Worker
  • Child Welfare Worker
  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Community Organization Director
  • Correction Worker
  • Counseling Coordinator
  • Criminal Justice Specialist
  • Developmental Disabilities Specialist
  • Eligibility Specialist
  • Employment/Occupational Social Worker
  • Family Services Social Worker
  • Group Home Director
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Policy Advocate
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Related Social Welfare Links:

Spanish Language and Culture

Students in the Spanish Language and Cultures major develop cultural competence needed to compete in an increasingly diverse world. Developed using the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) guidelines, our program offers practical skills-based language classes and a strong emphasis on contemporary Latin American culture.


  • Foreign Interpreter/ Translator
  • Foreign Language Teacher
  • Ethnics and Culture Teacher

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Sustainable Urban Development

The Sustainable Urban Development degree provides students with a critical and rigorous training in ecological, political, economic, and social aspects of urban development processes. Students will learn how to understand, assess, and manage urban development processes through a carefully designed curriculum that includes urban policy, planning, and environmental science coursework. The degree provides students with a broad but concrete understanding of linkages between urban ecosystems, urban systems (planning, transit, energy, etc.), and the multi-dimensional problems of urbanization, especially as they relate to public policy and urban advocacy.


  • Planning agencies
  • Sustainability practices
  • Urban Planning
  • Public Administration
  • Law

Related Sustainable Urban Development Links:

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.

Sample of Related Occupations:

  • Urban Planner
  • Landscape Architect
  • Survey Technicians
  • Community Association Managers
  • Market and Survey Researchers
  • Transportation Planner
  • Building, Planning, and Zoning Director
  • Housing Development Specialist
  • City Planner
  • Housing Grant Analyst

Related Urban Studies Links:

Writing Studies