175+ majors. Infinite possibilities.

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Get Your Academic Questions Answered

If you have a general question about academics at Western, the Admissions Team can help. You can also text Admissions at (360) 966-8155 any time. 

You can email departments any time. Contact information for departments is available by clicking on a major and scrolling to the bottom of the page (email is the best way to connect right now).

Connect with Major Advisors

2022 Honors Program

Although the Fall 2021 deadline has now passed, you can schedule an individual meeting with our team to learn more about applying for the next cohort.

Colleges and Departments

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is the largest at Western and contains many different departments: English, Psychology, Health & Human Development, and East Asian Studies are all within this college.

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Departments

Communication Studies
English
Global Humanities and Religions
History
Journalism
Modern & Classical Languages
Philosophy

Anthropology
Communication Sciences & Disorders
Health & Human Development
Linguistics
Political Science
Psychology
Sociology

East Asian Studies
Multidisciplinary Studies
Student/Faculty Designed Majors
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

College of Science and Engineering

The College of Science and Engineering is perfect for STEM-interested students, as it offers everything from Biology to Computer Science to Physics & Astronomy. Don’t forget to check out the Advanced Materials Science & Engineering program!

Departments

Advanced Materials Science & Engineering
Biology
Chemistry
Computer Science
Engineering & Design
Geology
Mathematics
Physics & Astronomy
Science Mathematics & Technology

College of Business and Economics

In the College of Business and Economics, students develop people and analytical skills with an emphasis on sustainability. It includes popular majors like Accounting and Manufacturing Supply Chain Management. You can also get your MBA here.

Departments

Accounting
Decision Sciences
Economics
Finance and Marketing
Management
MBA
Executive Education

College Of Fine and Performing Arts

The College of Fine and Performing Arts promotes a lifelong relationship with the arts that enhances, challenges and inspires both the individual and the community. Whether you want to dance or design, you’ll learn how to be successful in this college.

Departments

Art and Art History
Dance
Theatre
Music
Design
Arts Enterprise and Cultural Innovation

Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies

The Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies believes that if you can design your own education, you can design your own life. It is committed to transformative, creative, inquiry-based learning that empowers students to pursue social, economic, and environmental justice. At Fairhaven, you can take an interdisciplinary major or design your own.

Departments

American Cultural Studies
Audio Technology, Music, and Society
Education and Social Justice
Interdisciplinary Concentration
Interdisciplinary Concentration: Law, Diversity, and Justice
Law, Diversity & Justice
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Huxley College of the Environment

Huxley is one of the oldest environmental colleges in the US. It offers both Environmental Sciences and Environmental Studies. Whether you’re interested in using hard sciences to protect our environment or learn how human and ecological systems can work together, Huxley is the place for students who want to solve environmental problems.

Departments

Environmental Sciences
Environmental Studies

Woodring College of Education

The Woodring College of Education is for those who are dedicated to education or community health. It offers the Human Services major and several majors and endorsements for future teachers, from Early Childhood Education onward.

Departments

Elementary Education
Health and Community Studies
Secondary Education
Special Education & Education Leadership
Teacher Education Outreach Programs

Academics

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With more than 175 majors and all manner of exciting programs and minors, there's something for everyone at Western. You can even pick an interdisciplinary major, or completely design your own! If you're not sure what you want to study yet, Western is the perfect place to find out.

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Western isn’t a place where you just show up for four years, learn a few things and get a job that bores you. That’s for normal schools. Come to Western to work with your hands, get your feet wet, and publish your work. You'll do amazing things with professors who know your name. 

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Artwork: Nola, painted by Banksy on the streets of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The work features a drenched young girl carrying an umbrella. She holds out her hand to figure out where the rain is coming from, but the rain is coming from inside the umbrella.
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