Career Possibilities

Your Skills

Employers ranging from corporations to government agencies to non-profit organizations seek people who can think critically and creatively, communicate clearly in a variety of media, and work effectively with others across relations of power and difference.  IAS majors develop these skills through a combination of academic and experiential learning opportunities, both inside and outside the classroom. 

Diverse Sectors of Employment

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. Visit Alumni Stories to learn how IAS graduates have applied their learning and Alumni Mentors to see examples of where they are working.

Going on to Grad School

Many IAS graduates further their learning and professional development by pursuing advanced study in areas such as law, counseling, social work, media studies, library science, to name only a few.  IAS graduates also find success in IAS’s master’s degrees in policy studies, cultural studies, and creative writing and poetics. If you are thinking about graduate school, it’s never too early to begin a conversation with your faculty members about their experiences or to reach out to Career Services for guidance.  

Career Advice

IAS works closely with UW Bothell Career Services.  They can help with career exploration and development, one-on-one appointments, workshops about mock interviews, assistance in seeking internships, and much more.  It is never too early to reach out to them, even if you are at the initial stages of your thinking about professional pathways.

IAS alumni and friends are also available to share their career experiences and advice to help you Thrive after IAS.  Additionally, we encourage you to discuss your ambitions with your IAS faculty members and IAS Advisors, all of whom are committed to your success beyond graduation!