June 27, 2011
CONTACT: Richard Penny, (425) 352-3395,

BOTHELL, Wash. – In order to meet the evolving needs of students, the region, and the citizens of Washington state, the University of Washington Bothell is adding several new degree programs, options and certificates for students in 2011 and 2012.

A Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Poetics was approved by the UW Board of Regents and will be offered Fall 2012. The degree will prepare graduates who wish to work in fields where exceptional writing and critical thinking skills are required, such as communications, journalism or public relations.

In Fall 2011, a Law, Economics and Public Policy option will be available for undergraduate students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. The option will provide graduates with a powerful foundation for careers with non-governmental organizations, policy analysis think-tanks and local, state and federal government. The option will also serve students who wish to pursue graduate study in fields including law, policy studies, public policy or management.

A Game Design and Creation Certificate will be offered through UW Professional and Continuing Education in Fall 2011. Students in the program will create comprehensive online gaming experiences, learn from leaders in the game industry and work with mentors and industry professionals.

A Graduate Certificate in Software Design and Development will be directed by the Computing and Software Systems Program. The certificate is designed for students who lack a formal education in computer science, but desire to enter the field of software development or pursue a Master of Science in Computing and Software Systems.

Students from across departments at all three UW campuses will be assigned to interdisciplinary teams from diverse academic fields in the innovative Ecological Restoration Tri-campus Minor. Student teams will work with community partners to undertake local ecological restoration projects for which financial or technical resources are limited.

New students may still apply for Fall 2011 admission on a space available basis. For more information, see

About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell combines the benefits of a small campus with the resources and prestige of a world-renowned university. Offering over 30 degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, its curriculum emphasizes close student-faculty interaction, collaboration among students, and hands-on learning.For more information, visit


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