School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

Meta Majors in IAS


Meta-Majors at UW Bothell increase student awareness of relevant academic, co-curricular, and professional opportunities in related areas of study. Visit the Meta-Major webpage for more information or learn about IAS majors in each pathway below.

Arts & Media


Use your creativity, imagination, and passion for innovation to develop or express meaning across various audiences!

Majors represented in the Arts & Media area of study examine visual, literary, and media practices as a way to transmit information and ideas in professional, technical, organizational, academic, and/or public settings. Coursework and other learning experiences related to this meta-major generally enhance students' abilities for ideation, and increases their skills in oral, written, and visual communications.

Culture, Literature & the Arts

The Culture, Literature & the Arts major offers students the opportunity be creative in the study of literature and arts. Academic and other learning experiences enhance students' ability to think critically about the English language, the cultural experience of language and literature, and the diverse experiences within the field of literary arts. Students examine what they read and come up with opinions about it, compare writings and readings in different cultural contexts, and will learn to see life from a variety of perspectives.

Interactive Media Design

The Interactive Media Design major provides students with an expansive understanding of the processes and methods involved in conceiving, creating, and evaluating technology-mediated experiences. Students in the major create media products ranging from video and immersive artworks to web-based and platform-specific apps while working in collaboration with their peers. The two-year curriculum, grounded in an intensive cohort‐based learning environment, blends academic theory, human-centered design, artistic technique, process management approaches, and methods for gathering and analyzing critical metrics.

Interdisciplinary Arts

The Interdisciplinary Arts major offers students the opportunity to develop expertise in areas spanning written, visual, performance, sound and video, digital, and publication arts as they respond to the constantly evolving world of contemporary arts practice. The major is built on the belief that meaningful contributions to art can be made by anyone from any class, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender, ability, and background. Faculty in the major implement critical and relevant thinking and practices in art in order to inspire students to push towards new engagements and achievements.

Media & Communication Studies

The Media & Communication Studies major offers students the opportunity to think critically about access, use, and control of communication and media on the local, national, and global level. The major combines hands-on production with a rich grounding in media and communication theory and history that focuses on power, difference, and injustice. Students in this major develop the intellectual capacities and skills needed to use media and communication effectively and ethically.

Business & Policy


Apply your leadership abilities to better understand how teams and organizations operate and thrive! ​

Majors represented in the Business & Policy area of study examine organizational and societal structures to improve processes or develop initiatives.​ Academic and other learning experiences related to this meta-major generally enhance students’ ability for project management, and increases their skills in data analysis, critical thinking, and communication.

Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies major at the University of Washington Bothell offers students the opportunity to examine how organizations and societies interact with natural environments. Academic and other learning experiences enhance students' ability for project management and increases their skills in critical thinking, data analysis, research, communication, and decision-making.

Global Studies

The Global Studies major engages students in active learning about critical policy and governance issues that provide insight about living and working in globally-connected environments. Academic and other learning experiences about political movements and demographic changes focus on theories of nationalism, representation, feminism, and postcolonialism to understand the practice of globalization.

Law, Economics, & Public Policy

The Law, Economics, & Public Policy major offers students the opportunity to explore how legal institutions shape policy decisions, and how political and economic contexts influence the creation of law. The major also provides opportunities for advocacy and reflection on problems and issues impacting education, business, the environment, and human rights. Academic and other learning experiences prepare students for law school and other graduate or professional opportunities.

Mathematical Thinking & Visualization

The Mathematical Thinking & Visualization major offers students the opportunity to develop new practices and tools for discovering, analyzing, and representing data. The major allows students to link Mathematical Thinking—the ability to recognize mathematical forms in relation to real-world problems—and Data Visualization—the ability to communicate and think about information in visualized form across contexts.

Education & Society


Follow your passion for helping people, serving the community, and improving the lives of those in need!

Majors represented in the Education & Society area of study identify, assess, and analyze human experiences and cultural values to understand societal behaviors, structures, issues, and practices. Academic and other learning experiences related to this meta-major generally enhance students' abilities for intercultural communication and analytical thinking, and increases their skills in critical thinking, analysis, and complex problem solving.

American & Ethnic Studies

The American & Ethnic Studies major offers students the opportunity to study the relationships in American history and between minority and majority groups. Academic and other learning experiences enhance students' ability for future work in human services, politics, or in community organizing for underrepresented populations using critical thinking and decision making skills. Students explore values, ideas, belief systems, and expression and examine the relationships between everyday life, power structures, and cultural forms.


The Psychology major introduces students to a range of domains, perspectives and questions of human experience, along with opportunities for exploring them through independent or collaborative research, social action, and/or critical reflection. Students are encouraged to evaluate how we come to understand human behavior and psychological processes, and to formulate critical questions about the field of psychology itself, including issues of power and human diversity.


Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

The Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies major offers students the opportunity to examine social and political realities shaped by gender, sexuality, and power. Students approach topics from various perspectives to analyze and address issues of gender, sexuality, and social difference at personal, historical, institutional, and structural levels.

Society, Ethics & Human Behavior

The Society, Ethics and Human Behavior major offers students the opportunity to examine perspectives and tools used to understand human behavior, social institutions, and social policies. SEB combines an exploration of the ethical dimensions of individual and social action with theory across multiple disciplines including sociology, psychology, media and cultural studies, anthropology, ethics, and political philosophy.

Interdisciplinary Studies

The Interdisciplinary Studies major offers two pathways for students to study a personalized set of academic topics and perform research across traditional boundaries of scholastic knowledge. Students work closely with faculty and advisors to advance their independent learning in areas like education, social work, law, human resources, and more. A flexible class schedule allows students to align their educational interests with their career or professional goals.


Health & Natural Sciences


Use your research and observation skills to increase a shared sense of social responsibility and confront the complex issues facing humans and the world.​

Majors represented in the Health & Natural Sciences area of study apply knowledge of the physical, chemical, biological, and social sciences to solve problems and advance discoveries. Coursework and other learning experiences related to this academic pathway provide hands-on experience with lab research or field work and enhance students' abilities to analyze data, identify patterns, manage interactions or predict outcomes. ​

Conservation & Restoration Science

The Conservation & Restoration Science major offers students the opportunity to recover habitats and protect wildlands from degradation due to disaster, contamination, overuse, or climate change. Academic and other learning experiences enhance students' ability for lab research, data analysis, communication, and problem-solving.

Earth System Science

The Earth System Science major offers students the opportunity to observe how the Earth is changing due to human interaction with natural environments. Experience gained through fieldwork and science research allows for a real world understanding of planetary processes to confront Earth's most complex environmental challenges.

Technology & Engineering


Deepen your interests in experimentation and data analysis to address contemporary global and societal challenges. ​

Majors represented in the Technology & Engineering area of study solve complex problems that include scientific, social, political, cultural, and ethical dilemmas. Coursework and other learning experiences generally enhance students' abilities to solve problems or equations using logic and technology, and increases skills in data visualization and analysis.

Science, Technology & Society

The Science, Technology & Society major offers students the opportunity to bridge their passions across topics like politics, science, law, artificial intelligence, democracy, data, medicine, race, gender, philosophy, and more. Students learn to think critically about the production of scientific and technological knowledge and its relationships to culture, history, and society. Using their ability to draw on diverse skills learned across the humanities and STEM, students in the major can confront complex contemporary issues with valuable agility and insight.



Students in the School of IAS are passionate about gaining knowledge in a broad span of disciplines across the humanities, natural sciences, technology, and mathematics, and using this knowledge to lead social change.

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Hands-on learning experiences inspire IAS students to seek socially-just and environmentally-sustainable career opportunities to address the concerns of individuals, communities, and organizations, and regions.

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