UW Bothell Graduates First Class of Master of Arts in Cultural Studies Students

Monday, July 26, 2010
CONTACT: Richard Penny, (425) 352-3395,  pennyr2@uw.edu

BOTHELL, Wash. – The University of Washington Bothell graduated its first class of Master of Arts in Cultural Studies students this June. Housed in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, the unique program is the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest and one of few in the nation to combine the critical study of art and culture with an emphasis on community-based learning and scholarship.

13 inaugural students received their MA in Cultural Studies degrees at UW Bothell’s 2010 Commencement Ceremony:


  • Trina Ballard                   Bellevue, WA
  • Randi Courtmanch          Seattle, WA
  • Salena Farris                   Bothell, WA
  • Rosemary Ann Ferreira    Kirkland, WA
  • Joshua Heim                   Seattle, WA
  • Valerie Heuschkel            Renton, WA
  • Jeremy Richards              Seattle, WA
  • Angelica Macklin             Shoreline, WA
  • Joy MacTavish-Unten      Seattle, WA
  • Christine Nelson              Snohomish, WA
  • Tyler Pratt                       Bothell, WA
  • Faith Simonelli                Everett, WA
  • Alan Williams                  Seattle, WA

As part of the Cultural Studies curriculum, students produced capstone projects grounded in research they conducted during the second of the two years of the program. Examples of capstone projects included a program evaluation for a children’s museum, an ethnographic film located in Brazil, and the launch of “Nietszche: The Musical” at the Pike Place Market Theatre. 

Bruce Burgett, Director of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and one of the architects of the program says, “We are thrilled with the capstone projects completed by our first group of students.  The success of the program is a direct result of the quality and impact of these projects and the creative and engaged work of the students.”

To learn more about Cultural Studies at UW Bothell, visit their website: http://www.uwb.edu/culturalstudies.

About the MA in Cultural Studies: The Master of Arts in Cultural Studies at the University of Washington Bothell offers an integrative approach to the study of culture across diverse locations. Designed for a small cohort, Cultural Studies prepares students for careers in social, cultural, and arts fields or further interdisciplinary graduate education across the arts, humanities, and social and natural sciences.

About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell combines the benefits of a small campus with the resources and prestige of a world-renowned university. Offering over 30 degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, its curriculum emphasizes close student-faculty interaction, collaboration among students, and hands-on learning. UW Bothell celebrates its 20th year of operation during the 2009-10 academic year with the opening of student housing, an access ramp connecting the campus to SR522, and new degrees including a Master of Computing and Software Systems (MSCSS), and a Leadership Master of Business Administration (L-MBA) at an offsite location in Bellevue, WA.