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College of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Social Work
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Cheney, WA 99004
Programs of Study
The Addiction Studies program is a multidisciplinary program that provides university-level education valuable for students in all disciplines, particularly those students interested in alcohol/drug prevention and treatment and careers in health, business and industry, criminal justice, and human services.
Africana Studies courses provide a critical understanding and appreciation of the African diaspora today and historically from an African-centered worldview. The minor also provides students the opportunity to evaluate the influence of African culture on the entire human civilization.
The Aging Studies Program is designed to prepare students for careers in the development, management and provision of services to older persons.
Eastern's American Indian Studies Program is designed to explore the past, present and future of American Indians through studies in their history, literature, research and culture.
Anthropology offers students the opportunity to broaden their exposure to peoples and cultures of the world, both now and in the past. The four-field approach considers the biological, cultural, prehistoric and linguistic aspects of the human condition. Home of Archaeological and Historical Services of EWU. Careers include: archaeology forensics, research, teaching and working with international agencies and companies.
The Chicano Education Program offers a Chicano studies academic minor designed to provide all students, regardless of ethnicity, a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the Chicano/Latino community and relevant issues.
Eastern Washington University's major in Children's Studies was the first in the nation. The curriculum of this interdisciplinary program focuses on the developmental, learning and social issues of children from birth to 18. The Children's Studies major incorporates coursework from departments across the University, including Education, Sociology, and Counseling, Educational and Developmental Psychology.
The Bachelor of Arts in communication studies offers you two options: communication studies and communication studies in public relations. Both options provide you with a strong foundation in communication and the social sciences.
Criminal justice is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with a thorough understanding of the criminal justice system and its role in society. The program is used for placement in: law enforcement, corrections, the juvenile justice system and criminal justice investigation.
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The geography program is designed for students seeking professional careers in environmental fields, geographic information systems (GIS), education and for those going on to graduate study. Typical career fields include computer cartography and GIS, urban and regional planning, community development, environmental analysis, park ranger, intelligence analyst, hydrologist, climatologist, natural resources specialist, demographer, historic preservation specialist and numerous other environmental areas.
The study of government brings a student face-to-face with the issues and concerns of living in a complex world where some measure of public action is necessary to make life livable. Graduates enter the fields of law, public administration, teaching, political staff work and public relations staff work. Home of the pre-law program, international affairs program and the Mock Trial team.
George Santayana wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” History provides knowledge for unlocking all other realms of human development. The study of history provides a solid foundation not only for history and social studies education majors, but for careers in law, business, government, international relations, journalism, library services and museums, to name but a few. As peoples of different ethnicities interact with each other more frequently in the 21st century, understanding each other’s past paves the way for harmonious and beneficial cross-cultural relations.
The interdisciplinary studies program offers three unique degree options for students seeking programs which provide a broad academic background that is applicable to an array of career opportunities. The programs are: liberal arts, prior learning (adult learner) and interdisciplinary.
The International Affairs Program is an interdisciplinary program of the Department of Government for students who aspire to work as diplomats, foreign affairs researchers, military specialists, corporate managers, international development professionals, journalists, lawyers, international bankers, teachers and entrepreneurs, and is home to the Model United Nations.
Any EWU student may enroll in MLSC 100 and 200-level courses, without obligation to the military, to gain practical leadership experience and to see if ROTC and becoming an Army officer are something they are interested in pursuing while continuing their academic studies
Psychology is a diverse discipline, grounded in science, aimed to understand human behavior. While some are basic researchers who develop and test theories, others apply the discipline’s scientific knowledge to help people, organizations, and communities.
With a major in Race and Culture Studies, you will learn how to work with people of different backgrounds because you will have knowledge about their cultures, their social and historical experiences, and their ways of interacting and being in the world.
Social studies education is a certificate program leading to a bachelor of arts in education. Working with the Department of Education, students will receive a state-endorsed major in the area of social studies. The curriculum is made up of five core areas: history, geography, anthropology/sociology, government and economics. Social studies teachers enable their students to understand the social nature of the world and the interrelated institutions in society through a strong historical approach.
The School of Social Work embraces the mission of Eastern Washington University to expand opportunities for personal transformation through excellence in learning. We are committed to placing students first and engaging community partners in improving the lives of people in need while advancing the cause of social justice. The BASW and MSW Programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
Students in sociology are provided with highly marketable information-gathering and problem-solving skills in social research and analysis. Sociology graduates go on to careers in administration, counseling, criminal justice, human resources, teaching, social services and social research.
Women's and Gender Studies enables students to analyze and explore women’s roles, contributions, history, and experiences and to critically examine gender structures in societies and cultures in the U.S. and the world.