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Exploratory Studies

People who choose this track are interested in both written and verbal communication to express themselves, relate information, and/or entertain others. If you are a keen follower of the news—whether online or through traditional media—this track might be a good match for you. If you consider yourself a creative person who expresses yourself through the arts (writing, dance, music, theater, visual arts), then one of these majors might be one you eventually pursue.

Majors at UW

Communication
English
World Languages: French, German, Spanish
Journalism
Marketing
Music
Education
Music Performance
Theater and Dance
Secondary Education: Art Education
Secondary Education: English Education

Potential Careers

Agricultural Editor
Press Secretary
Multimedia Digital Graphic Designer
Gallery Manager
Curator
Grant Manager for Non-Profits
TV and Film Producer
Reporter, Anchor or Producer
Elementary or Secondary Educator
Web Content Creator
Translator
Manufacturer Representative

This track is attractive to people who best make sense of the world and information quantitatively. That is, they consider themselves to be “numbers people.” That doesn't’t mean that all of the majors and careers in this track are completely centered on applying high-level math skills, but that math understanding may come naturally to you. You’ll begin to notice some overlap with majors in certain tracks. For example, both Communication and Marketing are included in this track. Although there can be a distinct element of creative expression in those fields, there are also quantitative underpinnings within them as well.

Majors at UW

Accounting
Agricultural Business
Agricultural Communication
Business Economics
Communication
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Economics
Energy Resource Management: Professional Land Management
Environmental system Science
Finance
World Languages: French, German, Spanish
Geography
Management
Marketing
Mathematics
Secondary Education: Math Education
Statistics

Potential Careers

CPA or Staff Accountant
Ranch/Farm Appraiser
Policy Analyst
Marketing Specialist
Business Economist
Human Resources Specialist
Hardware Component Designer or Developer
Software Engineer
Economist: Business, Public, Private, or Governmental
Soil and Plant Specialist
Statistician
Financial Analyst

If there is a keyword in this track, it’s probably “justice.” The majors listed here may lead to careers in social justice through work with humanitarian and human welfare organizations or our national system of justice through the government through legislative or judicial channels. People interested in this track will have a keen curiosity about how the various elements of our society fit together, work together, and sometime pull apart.

Majors at UW

African American & Diaspora Studies
American Indian Studies
American Studies
Communication
Criminal Justice
Economics
English
World Languages: French, German, Spanish
Gender & Women's Studies
History
International Studies
Philosophy
Political Science
Religious Studies
Secondary Education: Social Studies Education
Sociology
Social Work

Potential Careers

Informational Technology Specialist
Counselor
Communication Director
Corrections Office
Data Analyst
Legislator
Linguist
Corporate Equity and Diversity Manager
Foreign Service Officer
Attorney
History Teacher
Rehab Counselor

This track focuses directly on majors that emphasize human services and individual wellness. People who are a good match for this track are drawn to serving others, either through education, health and wellness fields, or agencies that serve human needs within our society. Those drawn to these majors and careers are not just interested in how the elements of society work together, they desire a direct role in the functions of society, often in service of others.

Majors at UW

African American & Diaspora Studies
American Indian Studies
Anthropology
Communication
Criminal Justice
Elementary Education
English
Family and Consumer Sciences
World Languages: French, German, Spanish
Gender & Women's Studies
History
International Studies
Journalism
Kinesiology and Health Promotion
Nursing
Philosophy
Physical Education Teaching
Psychology
Religious Studies
Secondary Education: Agricultural Education
Secondary Education: English Education
Secondary Education: Math Education
Secondary Education: Modern Languages Education
Secondary Education: Science Education
Secondary Education: Social Studies Education
Social Work
Sociology
Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Potential Careers

Multicultural Programmer
Crisis Service Provider
Publications Developer
Speech Language Pathologist
Policy Analyst
Researcher
Fundraising Director
Social Worker
Nursing
Elementary or Secondary Education Teacher
Dietitian
Food and Health Inspector

Although this track is very straightforward, there are a wide range of majors and careers represented. In addition to the technology arena through engineering and other majors, those drawn to this track are interested in the “hard” sciences, as well as the many majors involved with environmental management and protection. This track will appeal to those who have an interest in solving concrete problems facing humanity with sound scientific approaches and research-based practices.

Majors at UW

Agricultural Communication
Agroecology
Animal and Veterinary Science
Architectural Engineering
Astronomy
Astrophysics
Biology
Botany
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry
Civil Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Energy Resource Management: Air, Land, and Water
Energy Systems Engineering
Environment and Natural Resources
Environmental Geology
Geohydrology
Environmental System Science
Geography
Geology
Geology and Earth Science
Mechanical Engineering
Microbiology
Molecular Biology
Petroleum Engineering
Physiology
Physics
Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management
Secondary Education: Agricultural Education
Secondary Education: Science Education
Statistics
Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and Management

Potential Careers

College or University Faculty
Conservation and Environmental Scientist
Livestock and Range Manager
Engineer
Aerospace Technician
Pharmacy Technician
Botanist
Analytical Chemist
Park Ranger
Hydrogeologist
Biomedical Scientist
Wellness Coach

Although similar to Communication, Media, and the Arts, this track is less focused on performance and creative pursuits and is more interested in diving deeply into the aspects of culture itself, perhaps from academic study and research perspectives. Why do what we do? How are our actions, interests, and influences reflected in society around us? This track appeals to those whose curiosity about who we are as a people runs deep and who want to accumulate a profound understanding of culture.

Majors at UW

African American & Diaspora Studies
American Indian Studies
American Studies
Anthropology
Art
English
World Languages: French, German, Spanish
Gender & Women's Studies
Geography
History
International Studies
Music
Music Education
Music Performance
Religious Studies
Sociology
Philosophy
Political Science
Secondary Education: Modern Language Education
Theatre and Dance

Potential Careers

Community Relations and Outreach Coordinator
Publications Developer
Graphic Designer
Museum Administrator
Diversity Advocate
Immigration and Naturalization Service Provider
Corporate Equity Diversity Manager
Historic Preservation Specialist
International Banker
Composer
Social Worker
Trade Analyst

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