Career Possibilities

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Research conducted by the Association of American Colleges and Universities shows that employers from large corporations to small government agencies seek people who can think critically and creatively, communicate clearly in a variety of media, work effectively with others, and adapt rapidly.  IAS’s interdisciplinary curriculum allows students to develop these skills through a combination of academic and experiential learning opportunities, including academic internships, community-based learning, independent research, and study abroad.  The capstone portfolio completed by all IAS students links their academic accomplishments to their career and life ambitions.

IAS graduates go on to careers in a wide variety of fields, including public administration, for-profit and non-profit management, teaching, publishing and journalism, public relations, public policy, community development, library sciences, consulting, environmental planning and advocacy, and health and human services.  Many graduates pursue advanced study in areas such as law, counseling, social work, media studies, library science, policy studies, cultural studies, and creative writing, to name just a few. Learn how several IAS alumni have applied their degrees.

For more information about career and graduate school pathways related to individual degrees, check the webpage for that degree. We also encourage you to discuss your ambitions with IAS faculty members.

IAS graduates have gone on to work for major area employers including:

• City of Bellevue
• Boeing
• City of Mukilteo
• Department of Social and Health Services
• Environmental Protection Agency
• Microsoft
• Planned Parenthood
• Seattle Art Museum
• World Vision
• City of Edmonds
• John L. Scott Real Estate
• United States Department of Veterans Affairs
• Pacific Science Center
• SLR International Corporation
• University of Washington Institute of Translational Health Sciences
• Edmonds Community College
• Department of Transportation
• Workforce Development Council of Snohomish County

Graduates have been hired for a wide variety of positions, such as:

• Account Manager
• Associate Director of Grants/Foundations
• Attorney
• Community Program Supervisor
• Grants Specialist
• Human Resources Coordinator
• Lab Manager
• Marketing and Communications Specialist
• Teacher
• Author
• Family Support Specialist
• College and Career Center Specialist
• Communications Program Manager
• Senior Policy Advisor
• Community College Faculty

Not sure what career you would like to pursue after graduation?

Take advantage of the free services offered by UW Bothell’s Career Center.  From mock interviews to internships and events, the Career Center has everything you need to plan for your future!  Staff members from the Career Center also teach courses on career development and visit IAS classes regularly.  For more information, please see the Career Center website.

Interested in Graduate School? 

The undergraduate degrees offered in IAS prepare students for a wide variety of graduate programs.  If you think you might be interested in graduate school, start planning now.  The first step is to talk with your IAS faculty members about your ambitions.  They are happy to help you plan and to point you to other resources on campus.  In the meantime, click here to view tips to get you started.

IAS alumni have been accepted to a wide variety of graduate programs beyond UW Bothell: 

• University of Washington School of Forest Resources
• Northwest Institute for Literary Arts (Whidbey Writers Workshop)
• University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology
• Seattle Pacific University Marriage and Family Counseling Program
• University of Washington College of Education
• University of Miami School of Law
• The Evergreen College Master of Teaching Program
• Seattle University School of Law
• University of Washington School of Social Work
• Cornell University Law School

• Antioch University Mental Health Counseling Program
• New York University Master of Science in Global Affairs
• Columbia University Teacher’s College
• Bastyr University Master of Arts in Leadership & Organizational Development
• University of Washington Urban Design and Planning
• University of London School for Oriental and African Studies
• University of San Diego Master in Business Administration
• Dartmouth Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Globalization and Human Rights
• University of Washington Evans School of Public Affairs


Interested in Graduate School?

Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences offers three graduate degrees:

• Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writings & Poetics
• Master of Arts in Cultural Studies
• Master of Arts in Policy Studies