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:

  • Alaska Airlines
  • Amazon
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Boeing
  • City of Bellevue
  • City of Edmonds
  • City of Mukilteo
  • Department of Social and Health Services
  • Department of Transportation
  • Edmonds Community College
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • John L. Scott Real Estate
  • Microsoft
  • PACCAR Inc.
  • Pacific Science Center
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Seattle Art Museum
  • SLR International Corporation
  • Starbucks Corporate
  • United States Department of Veterans Affairs
  • University of Washington Institute of Translational Health Sciences
  • University of Washington Medical Center
  • Workforce Development Council of Snohomish County
  • World Vision
  • YMCA

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

  • Account Manager
  • Associate Director of Grants/Foundations
  • Attorney
  • Author
  • College and Career Center Specialist
  • Communications Program Manager
  • Community College Faculty
  • Community Program Supervisor
  • Compliance & Privacy Officer
  • Environmental Data Analyst
  • Family Support Specialist
  • Grants Specialist
  • Human Resources Coordinator
  • Lab Manager
  • Marketing and Communications Specialist
  • Natural Resources Program Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Senior Policy Advisor
  • Social Media Manager
  • Teacher
  • Technical Writer
  • Transportation Manager
  • User Research Specialist
  • Visual Data Specialist

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.

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

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

  • Antioch University Seattle Masters in Mental Health Counseling
  • Bastyr University Master of Arts in Leadership & Organizational Development
  • Cornell University Law School
  • Dartmouth Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Globalization and Human Rights
  • The Evergreen State College Masters of Teaching
  • Gallaudet University
  • New York University Master of Science in Global Affairs
  • Northwest Institute for Literary Arts (Whidbey Writers Workshop)
  • Seattle Pacific University Marriage and Family Counseling Program
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • Teachers College, Columbia University
  • University of Miami School of Law
  • University of London School for Oriental and African Studies
  • University of San Diego Master in Business Administration
  • University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology
  • University of Washington
    College of Education
  • University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy & Governance
  • University of Washington School of Forest Resources
  • University of Washington School of Law
  • University of Washington School of Public Health
  • University of Washington School of Social Work
  • University of Washington Urban Design and Planning