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UW Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies By Joni Marts Contributing Writer

posed to do. You might be thinking, “I love to travel,” or “I just can’t get enough information about [fill in country or continent here].” Or maybe Task Force Rome. Courtesy of the Jackson School. you’re wondering, “How do our world So, you’re thinking, “Here I am leaders come together to creat the UW, I worked hard to ate climate policy, economic get here, now what?” balance, trade negotiations, or Well, the Jackson School of International Studies (JSIS) cultural exchanges?” At the Jackson School, you has 7 majors and 18 minors can pursue global interests that can help you find your and area studies. You can pull place in the world, and here together your interests with at UW. courses that offer political, Still too many options? economic, cultural, and hisLuckily, the Jackson School torical perspectives. has an academic services team to help you find the right path for you. But before you talk to them, there are probably some questions you already have.

Why the Jackson School? So you can pursue a degree that truly interests you — not just what you think you’re sup-

What kind of career can I pursue with a JSIS degree? So you say, “Yeah, but I don’t think I can build a career with a social science degree.” Not so; JSIS graduates often go on to work in careers that are significant and individually meaningful.

Some examples: federal government, such as the State Department, The White House, and the U.S. Senate; state and city government, like the Port of Seattle and the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development; the private sector, including Boeing, Amazon, and Maersk; finance, like Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan Securities; tech, such as Tableau and Microsoft; law; communications; non-profits; global health and development; think tanks; and the education sector. The list increases every year, as graduates share their writing, critical thinking skills and knowledge gained at JSIS throughout the world.

ternship scholarships unique to JSIS. Every year, our students are also among those at the university selected for Fulbright Fellowships to conduct research abroad. Students often apply for and are granted foreign language and area studies fellowships, where they receive funding toward tuition and a living stipend. JSIS also offers task force Rome. Based at the UW Rome Center, students in our general international studies major can research critical global issues in Europe, interact with U.S. ambassadors in the region, and engage in simulation policymaking with the NATO Defense College.

an Studies, Hellenic Studies, Human Rights (Tri-Campus Minor), International Studies, Japan Studies, Jewish Studies, Korea Studies, Middle East Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Portuguese Language and LusoBrazillian Studies, Russian, Eastern European, & Central Asian Studies, South Asian Studies, Southeast Asian Studies

What about studying abroad? JSIS has one of the highest participation rates of students in the University of Washington study abroad program. In addition, faculty-led summer study abroad immersive experiences that are creditapplicable in Brazil, Germany, Peru, and Vietnam. Undergraduate and graduate students may also apply for domestic and overseas in-

So… in a nutshell... Seven majors: Asian Studies, Canadian Studies, Comparative Religion, European Studies, International Studies (General), Jewish Studies, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies 18 minors: African Studies, Arctic Studies, Canadian Studies, China Studies, Comparative Islamic Studies, Comparative Religion, Europe-

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Where history and culture meet technology UW Department of Scandinavian Studies By Peyton Pedrozo Staff Writer Students choosing a major can sometimes feel as if they have to decide between studying science and technology, or history and literature. However, there is a place were these two fields come together. Scandinavia is a captivating group of countries where a rich history, and cultural legacies, such as the Vikings, meet a modern world where technology, sustainability, and business thrive. Students who major in Scandinavian Studies learn one of the Nordic or Baltic languages as well as the history of the Nordic and Baltic countries, while examining the contemporary happenings of this globalized region. Department Chair Andrew Nestingen says the department’s majors tend to attract several types of students. The first group, Nestingen said, is “passionately interested in the world beyond the United States.” Scandinavia is fascinating because its history helps students understand Europe’s past -- as well as being known for the “sagas” of the Vikings. The Vikings lived throughout what is now the modern Nordic region. They sailed far beyond it, as well. Today, successful companies and technologies like Ikea and

Skype, Maersk and Rovio originate from the area. Estonia was called “The Digital Republic” by the New Yorker Magazine for its pioneering development of “virtual” democratic governance. The Scandinavian Studies major is a great place to learn about our world. The next group of students consists of people with a passion for Scandinavian subcultures, be they music, architecture, or hockey, for example. One student was fascinated with the metal music scene in Finland, and ended up being featured in a Wall Street Journal article about the international study of Finnish language. For architects, the Valle scholarship and the Scand Design fellowships allow students to travel to Denmark and Finland to examine Scandinavia’s unique buildings, designed with minimalism, simplicity, and functionality. The members of the final group are heritage students: those with familial connections to the region, no matter how distant. These connections can originate with cultural and linguistic exposure from relatives, or from living in Scandinavia at some point in their lives and wanting to better their verbal or written communication skills. Either way, these students seek to

better understand their lineage and culture. More than any specific groups, Scandinavian Studies is for students who are looking for “a combination of a vocation and a passion,” said Nestingen, as it has given alumni “a sense of interest and meaning” about what they are studying, and about the things they do in their lives after the UW. “When people are passionate about a language and a culture,” he said, “it can fire their imagination.” And it can help them find a career that is fulfilling, economically and emotionally. In 2018-19, the department prepared an alumni story project, which catalogued the careers of graduates from the UW Scandinavian Studies department. After hundreds of responses, the report found the most common career path was education. Many alumni have become professors and teachers. Other alumni have become lawyers, translators, film makers and design specialists, economists, architects, doctors, marketing managers, city planners and engineers with a focus on immigrant communities, and journalists, one of whom has been working for USA Today for over 25 years. One alum of particular note is

Lauren Slauson Mills (pictured), who was both a heritage student and someone deeply interested in learning about the world. Today she is a guidebook and map editor for Rick Steves’ Europe, one of the leading companies for travelers’ reference books. By using the art, philosophy, cinema, language, and political knowledge she gained from her major, she was able to move her way up through the company to become an editor. There are two types of majors within the department. The area studies option focuses more on the social sciences, whereas the various language and literature options pay closer attention to the humanities and literary and cultural analysis. Either option will require students to take classes in both tracks, but depending on a student’s interests, they can choose which they are more passionate about. All students study one of the Nordic or Baltic languages. While it may be a small department, Nestingen said students who major in Scandinavian Studies say they have “all the benefits of a big university, but they have a ‘home’ where they get to know people and feel welcome.” Being in a smaller department allows students to build relationships with faculty and their peers, which can help


Graduate Lauren Slauson Mills. Courtesy of Scandinavian Studies.

guide them as they further their academic or professional careers. If you are interested in taking courses within the department, some options for the upcoming quarter are the popular Introduction to Scandinavia, or Scandinavian Children’s Literature, among others. Also keep your eye out for Pop Culture and the Vikings during spring quarter. More information can be found at

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UW student Noah Lin and UW graduates Kathryn Altena and Grayson Dirk work hard behind the scenes to continue University Book Store’s mission to serve UW students, faculty, and staff. Courtesy of University Book Store.

At University Book Store, we’re Huskies too! Several members of our staff are UW graduates or current students, with majors ranging from communications to physics and almost anything in between. We’re a team of proud Huskies who have found real-life applications for the lessons we learned at the UW. Whether you’re a student, teacher, graduate, alumni, Husky fan, or book lover, University Book Store is forever part of your community.

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WHAT’S YOUR MAJOR? Word on the street: Majors edition By Martina Povolo Staff Writer

ISABEL ANGULO What’s your major? Intended communications Why? “I’m really interested in television broadcasting and journalism, so I wanted to do something that would get me on that path.”

SEBASTIAN CAMACHO What’s your major? Economics Why? “I’ve always been interested in money, finances, and numbers. I feel like economics has a good relation with that.”

ZOE CLARKE What’s your major? Intended environmental engineering Why? “I was planning on doing architecture, but it was really competitive. I want to help in renewable energy.”

NOLAN DUNCAN What’s your major? Business Why? “I just happened to click the box on the application, and I’m just rolling with it.”

AMBER LEE What’s your major? Nutrition Why? “I just want to know how to live a healthy life.”



JACK DENNIS What’s your major? Communications Why? “I hope to pursue a career in sales after I graduate.”

TOM KRISTEN What’s your major? Accounting Why? “I like money.”

JERRY KIM What’s your major? Economics Why? “I like money.”

SASHA MAYER What’s your major? Environmental studies Why? “I’m really passionate about environmental issues and environmental education, so I’m hoping to get a lot of background knowledge so I can help educate people about the environment.”

LING TSIANG What’s your major? Intended engineering Why? “Aerospace is cool. If I don’t get into that one, I’ll probably find a way to think other things are cool.”

ALANESIA VANG What’s your major? Biology Why? “I want to be a pediatric oncologist.”






The Global Innovation Exchange: Innovation at home and abroad UW Global Innovation Exchange GIX students working to disassemble and re-assemble electronics in their first week of classes. Courtesy of GIX.

The Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) is a collaboration between the University of Washington, Tsinghua University, and Microsoft geared toward developing leaders in innovation through an interdisciplinary project-based curriculum focused on technology development, design thinking, and entrepreneurship. Launched September 2017, GIX recently welcomed its third cohort and currently hosts approximately 100 students from all over the world at the Steve Ballmer Building in Bellevue. GIX offers two master’s degrees: the Master of Science in Technology Innovation (MSTI) through UW or the dual-degree option, composed of the MSTI and the Master of Engineering in Data Science and Information Technology (MSE(DSIT)) from Tsinghua University. Students spend 15 months in Bellevue for the MSTI degree and study six more months in Beijing if they choose to pursue the dual-degree. GIX partners with techindustry leaders in a consortium model to collaborate with students on developing high-impact projects that address local and global challenges. Students form small, cross-disciplinary teams during the launch project phase to either solve a challenge for a startup venture or collaborate on projects with consortium members. Past cohorts

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have worked with companies such as T-Mobile, Nintendo, Microsoft, and Vulcan. Unlike many programs, the MSTI degree combines the skills necessary to design and produce software and hardware with the business skills required to take a product to market. GIX is home to one of the most fullyfeatured makerspaces in Seattle, dedicated solely to student and industry-partner access. Led by expert staff, the space is home to everything from multiple 3D printers to a woodshop and metal laser cutter. Altogether, this unique offering allows students to see their ideas through from an initial concept to a high-quality prototype. The interdisciplinary nature of the MSTI allows students to develop a wide variety of competencies that fall outside the domain of technology. Many of these skills, such as hardware prototyping, marketing, and intellectual property law, are relevant to both starting a company and working for an established corporation. The program has a structure as unique as its content. “GIX is like going to a hackathon every single day,” said Bety Mehide, a GIX MSTI graduate. ‘You come up with a rough idea and build a quick prototype. But because it actually isn’t just one day you get to iterate on it until you’re happy with it.”

This comprehensive framework allows students to work on projects that solve real-world problems. For instance, the second GIX cohort developed techenabled eyeglasses that use machine learning to help people with visual impairments identify what they are looking at. GIX MSTI student Vivian Huang worked on an augmented reality app. “It’s been a really rewarding experience,” Huang said. Since modern companies require employees to succeed in team environments, the degrees are structured around projects that require multiple skill sets to successfully complete. This allows students to find their unique ways of contributing to a large project. Given that the MSTI involves so many moving parts, generalists are also a good fit for the curriculum. “Through my work experience before studying at GIX, I realized that a good innovator and product manager needs to wear different hats when making decisions, especially in the fields of design thinking and technology,” Huang said. “That is exactly what GIX offers.” The MSTI degree offers two tracks of focus: connected devices and robotics. The connected devices track teaches students about sensors, human/computer interac-

tion, and the co-development of hardware and software. This path empowers people to invent devices to power the expansion of the Internet of Things by training them in data management, signal processing, sensors, and circuits. The robotics track, launching fall 2020, will instruct students on the fundamentals of robotics, human-centered design methods, and cutting edge hardware design. These skills will then be put to use creating products to help people work, play, and learn in new ways. In addition to the master’s degree, GIX aids graduates in establishing their careers. GIX provides students with oneon-one advising, workshops in career development, employer contacts, and hiring events.

Ninety-five percent of GIX graduates are employed within six months of graduation. Most work as technical project managers, product managers or designers, UX designers or researchers, software engineers, or machine learning engineers. Few degrees provide more rigorous and multifaceted preparation for modern tech roles. Candidates for the MSTI must have a bachelor’s degree and basic computer programming proficiency. For more information on GIX, visit Interested students can join staff and faculty at the GIX Open House at the Steve Ballmer Building in Bellevue on Tuesday, Nov. 5, or the info session at the UW Children’s Center in downtown Seattle on Nov. 7.

The GIX makerspace is home to hardware ranging from sewing machines to high-end 3d printers and circuit board manufacturing, so that students are able to bring their concepts to tangible prototype. Courtesy of Steve Maylone.


Bastyr University: Education that integrates health, science, and nature By Bastyr Admissions Department community of integrative practitioners who are bringing East Asian cultural knowledge and ideals to Western health care practices in order to solve the modern-day health crisis in the United States. After gaining clinical training experience from Bastyr, alumni of the acupuncture program go on to become licensed acupuncturists or pursue advanced careers in research or teaching.

Finding a degree program that unites all facets of human health is challenging. At Bastyr University, we understand how physical health is connected to mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness, and we believe students deserve the complete education they need to make a healthier world for all! That’s why Bastyr, a leader in natural health arts and sciences for more than 40 years, has developed degree programs that integrate health, science, and nature. Consider an education

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at Bastyr in one of our master’s, doctoral degree, or certificate programs, some of which are described below. Acupuncture Students of Bastyr’s acupuncture program learn to use an integrative approach to healing that helps patients experience optimal wellness, both inside and out. Bastyr alumni become respected healers in both conventional and natural medicine circles, joining the healing

Counseling psychology Students in Bastyr’s counseling psychology program discover an integrated, whole-person approach to mental health that includes mind, body, and spirit. The curriculum, which Bastyr faculty has developed using real clinical experiences, provides students with an exceptional education, and prepares them to become true agents of change. Many alumni from Bastyr’s counseling psychology program become licensed mental health counselors or pursue careers in a variety of integrative clinical or research settings.

Holistic landscape design certificate This one-of-a-kind certificate program lets students connect to the Earth emotionally, physically and intellectually, allowing them to create landscape designs that work with nature, not against it. Bastyr’s certified professional permaculturists have been leading this program for nearly a decade, and they provide students with the guidance and resources they need to follow their calling to steward the Earth. Many alumni from Bastyr’s holistic landscape design certificate program become environmental engineers or pursue careers in soil and water conservation or other fields affecting climate change. Midwifery and maternal-child health The current health system in the United States does not address the unique needs of all pregnant mothers and infants. At Bastyr, students learn safe and effective means of improv-

ing people’s health and wellbeing during their childbearing and infancy years, and go on to become health professionals committed to the midwifery model of care through a social justice lens. Since 1978, Bastyr’s midwifery faculty has trained hundreds of midwives, who have delivered thousands of babies worldwide. Many alumni from Bastyr’s midwifery and maternal-child health program have become licensed midwives or pursued policy and advocacy careers in support of maternal/infant health initiatives. Naturopathic medicine Bastyr’s naturopathic medicine program is designed to integrate modern science with natural healing and whole-person medicine. Students studying to become naturopathic doctors (NDs) learn to approach medicine and healing holistically, integrating health, science, and nature.

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How a master’s in finance helps you land your dream career Seattle University By Martina Povolo Staff Writer Besides that, being able to further your career from the heart of Seattle is a benefit in and of itself. The city is home to some of the world’s largest and most dynamic brands. Internships and job op Courtesy of Yosef Kalinko portunities are accessible at all times, and the network Did you know that the Michael you form at Albers expands G. Foster School of Business your personal and professional doesn’t have a specialized masoptions. ter’s degree in finance? Albers’ MSF program is If you hope to work in finance thoughtfully crafted for each after college, don’t despair. student. A wide range of classes Seattle University offers a specialized Master of Science in offers everything from corporate financial management to Finance (MSF) program in their portfolio management. Students Albers School of Business and choose from three specialized Economics. This post-graduate tracks: program helps their graduates • Financial/Investment obtain dream jobs as financial, Analysis investment, and risk analysts at • Risk Management companies like Amazon, Black • Corporate Finance Rock, Boeing, and Microsoft. As a STEM-designated Each person’s area of interest program, MSF allows internais taken into account as they tional students the chance to decide where they want to focus participate in optional practical their education. Skills learned training for three years. The include quantitative methods opportunity to work while getof analysis, valuation of equity, ting an education on the same fixed income and derivatives, visa maximizes your stay while financial analysis, and more. equipping you with the skills Apart from tailoring your and U.S. experience you need to education to your career path, succeed in the future, wherever the MSF program allows you you may be.

to finish your degree on your own schedule. Some students choose to finish their degree in one year, while other students finish in two years by both studying and working part-time. Either way, students are given the opportunity to learn in small class sizes where individual help is always available. As alum Arpit Bhagat said, “The faculty are very supportive and they ensure that the classroom discussions are helpful in understanding concepts which are relevant in the current financial world.” Students learn past just the intricacies of finance. They are taught not only how to lead successful businesses, but ethical ones too. As MSF graduate Shraddya Naya said, “At Albers, they teach you how to think in the finance world, while also emphasizing the importance of being socially ethical and responsible at all times.” As an affiliate of the Chartered Financial Analyst program (CFA), students are taught how to make decisions that satisfy the investor and the customer. CFA highlights the power of ethical and honorable practices in society, and those professional standards underlie every student’s education.

Universities become CFA affiliated by having a significant portion of their coursework aligned with the Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) curriculum. CBOK is a set of topics that business professionals and investors believe are essential to learning. In CBOK, students’ curriculum is based on the code of ethics and standards of professional conduct. This ensures that students learn the proper moral behavior in entrepreneurship. The code of ethics exists to ensure integrity in the market and financial transactions. This curriculum is widely accepted in the finance community and provides an expert-level baseline for students’ education, with courses covering over 70% of CFA exam material. Being a part of the MSF program also means being surrounded by a diverse student population in every class. Albers School of Business is dedicated to being inclusive to all students, regardless of who they are and where they come from. Students come from a wide range of undergraduate degrees, from the liberal arts to the natural sciences. Albers is also accredited by the Association to Advance

Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). AACSB is a non-profit striving to improve business education around the world. Albers School of Business is one of less than 5% of the world’s business schools holding this accreditation. Students can take a tour of campus and meet faculty through attending the graduate program night. If getting to Albers isn’t possible, prospective students can also join an online information session to get extensive details about the program. The first 20 UW students who apply are eligible to have their application fee waived. Just check the box on the online form that says “Apply for fee waiver” and fill in the field with “UW The Daily.” To get more information, visit

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There’s a new major in town UW Department of Cinema and Media Studies By Peyton Pedrozo Staff Writer with every day. The material studied by CMS majors is more relevant in the workforce today than ever before Courtesy of Cinema and Media Studies. because, as Amidst the stress and technical- Ames points out, “There is a ities of college, it can be hard for moving-image component to students to find time to pursue almost everything now.” their creative interests. However, Due to its versatility, graduyou no longer need to choose ates have gone on to pursue between your passion and your a range of careers in anything studies — you can have both. from film production and teachThe humanities’ newest ing, to marketing and business. major, cinema and media studIn nine years since graduaties (CMS), allows students ing, cinema studies alumnus to explore different modes of Casey Moore has worked at expression and their effects on Criterion Collection in NYC, a world increasingly dominated managed a film marketing firm by mass media. “This new major in Seattle, and most recently should be especially relevant to opened a new cinema in Columincoming students,” according bia City. Another alumna, Megan to Department Chair Eric Ames. Bernovich, works as a marketing Students in CMS take special representative for Paramount. interest in understanding audioSince the skills learned from visual practices and the digitally this program can be applied to saturated world we interact many fields, CMS also combines

well with another degree. Many double majors come from computer science and marketing, but with a manageable number of credits and flexible course options to fulfill the requirements, it’s a good fit with almost any program. The degree consists of 30 core credits, a capstone course, and an additional 30 elective credits chosen either from the CMS department or an approved course list. The freedom of choice for electives allows students to have agency over what they learn, unlike a lot of majors at the UW that have a strict required class plan. Even if students are undecided about joining the major, these types of classes are among the most popular in the humanities because they count toward your general education VLPA requirements. Another reason to take classes in CMS is the amazing faculty. Ames describes his professors as “dynamic and

effective teachers, with student involvement in their cutting-edge research.” Two professors, Mal Ahern and Jennifer Bean, are perfect examples of this. Ahern is the newest hire in the department. She’s an assistant professor specializing in media history and technology. Her energy and enthusiasm engage students as she highlights the importance of media studies in today’s world. Bean is director of the CMS program and editor of the “Feminist Media History” journal. She invites graduate students to join her in this process, training them in editing, copy reading, and other publishing skills that are essential to many careers. In addition, CMS supports on-campus student organizations such as the UW Film Club and the LUX Video Production Club. While these RSOs are independent and not officially affiliated with the academic program, Ames said they “create a community that goes beyond

just the classroom,” to make film accessible and engaging to a broader range of students. What it comes down to, Ames said, is that this major is for “creative people who see possibilities in combining CMS with their other pursuits and passions.” If you are looking for a major that will become increasingly relevant as society integrates with creative media forms, CMS is a great choice. If you are interested in trying out some classes in the major, some upcoming course offerings for winter quarter are: CMS 273: Television analysis, CMS 275: Feminist Approaches to Media (taught by Ahern) CMS 302: New media & urban space. For more information please visit:


When technology meets healthcare

UW Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics and Health Information Management By Annie Trieu Staff Writer

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Many students choose to pursue a career in healthcare or medicine because their compassion compels them to help others. With changing healthcare industry standards and practices, data and technology have become increasingly important to this field of study. Therefore, students can now consider other options than just pre-med. If you’re a student who is passionate about healthcare and data, then either health informatics (HI) or health information management (HIM) might be a good fit for you. HIHIM is an evolving field that looks at how data and information are being created, accessed, and exchanged using different organization and managing frameworks. This field of study involves data, leadership, and analytical skills as well as the discussion of laws, policy, and ethics in the healthcare industry. HIHIM requires working with confidential data. The various aspects of the field are somewhat different in terms of how health information is handled.

HIM focuses on the process of acquiring, analyzing, and protecting medical information that is significant to providing patients with quality care. Meanwhile, HI focuses on the technical methods in which health information is captured, transmitted, and utilized. In addition to receiving training in computer technology, HI students will be trained in different management and engineering principles, healthcare delivery, public health, and patient safety. If enrolled in the HIHIM program, students will receive training in the latest information management technology, and learn about the workflow of any healthcare provider. Students enrolled in either of these programs will have the opportunity to develop different soft skills and values, including leadership, teamwork, research proficiency, analysis, and creative problem solving. On top of that, students will discuss and learn to solve problems concerning data security, the legal obligations and responsibilities of healthcare organizations, and protecting patients’ rights. All HIHIM classes start in the late afternoon, and the program is designed so students can fit them into their schedules with more flexibility.

Alumni have worked in a variety of settings upon graduating, such as clinics, large hospitals, public health agencies, and consulting firms. The scope of their jobs has varied as well, from being consultants, data analysts, and coders in the healthcare industry. Since this degree opens the door to various options for your career path, it is hard to say exactly what a day in the HIHIM industry looks like. It will look a lot different depending on the role you have. An alum currently working as an Epic Systems HIM consultant said their job involves “planning, designing, implementing, maintaining, and providing ongoing optimization and support for Epic HIM applications.” They added that the job also involves a lot of working with other teams to achieve an operational need, and can sometimes be quite analytical because they need to support the implementation and application of system enhancements. Another graduate working as an operations manager for palliative care had a different experience. Their role is to manage a clinical team of physicians and interact with providers. Besides managing people, they are also involved in performing improvement measures throughout the hospital with a focus on palliative care. When reflecting on their career in the HIM industry, one alum said, “I enjoy working in HIM because oftentimes when

the patients need my help, they’re in a very vulnerable state and anything I can do to ease their concerns is always such a relief to them.” You can read more about students’ stories on the HIHIM website if you’re interested. Jobs in healthcare, a recession-proof industry and highlydemanded necessity, are always sought after by both undergraduate and graduate students. In the data-driven era, the demand for health information professionals is projected to grow 23% between 2012 and 2022. Graduates of this program also boast competitive salaries, with more than half of new health information graduates with bachelor’s degree starting at $30,000-50,000 on average. As they gain more work experience, they can earn an average $50,000-75,000. Applications are accepted from current UW students, returning UW students, transfer students, post-baccalaureate students, and international transfer students. Depending on each student type, there will be a specific process. HIHIM accepts early applications from Nov. 1 through Feb. 15, and general applications are accepted starting Jan. 1, closing May 1.

There are information sessions hosted each month. For more information, please visit the UW HIHIM website and check out the event schedule for specific dates. Students must have at least completed 90 transferable credits prior to entering the UW HIHIM program. To complete the degree, students must complete an additional 76 credits in the major, including the five-credit capstone class in which you will be matched with a Seattle-area health care organization and gain real-world experience. Upon completion, students will graduate with a Bachelor of Science Program (AHIMA) degree that prepares them for health informatics and health information management roles.

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“Bastyr,” Continued from Page 8 Program highlights — such as state-of-the-art clinical training, hands-on learning, and a rigorous medical curriculum — prepare students to become trusted NDs upon graduation. Many alumni from Bastyr’s naturopathic medicine program become licensed primary care physicians or pursue careers in natural medicine research. Nutrition Students seeking to become agents of change in the nutrition world need authoritative knowledge from a legitimate source. Bastyr believes in an integrative nutrition education, one in which students are valued and given the confidence to bring whole-food nutrition and wellness to the community. For more than 20 years, Bastyr has been offering a hands-on, real-world curriculum in holistic nutrition.

Under the guidance of clinically experienced faculty, students gain practical skills that set them apart and help them turn a passion for food and nutrition into a meaningful, successful career. Many alumni from Bastyr’s nutrition program become registered dietitians or pursue careers in nutrition research or advocacy work. Public health The current public health system in the United States leaves some groups behind. To help close the gap, students in Bastyr’s Master’s in Public Health (MPH) program learn to be leaders who promote and protect the health of the community in a variety of areas: from studying how the environment affects community wellness to developing nutrition programs for schools.

Bastyr’s program provides an education that is backed by research and applicable training, allowing alumni to bring about change at the level needed and create positive solutions that lead to systemic social alterations within health systems. Many alumni from Bastyr’s MPH program become certified community health education specialists or pursue careers in a variety of social justice programs. Today’s students of natural health arts and sciences realize the importance of integrating health, science, and nature in order to realize the best path to patients’ optimal wellness. Discover which area of study suits you at Bastyr University! Courtesy of Bastyr University.

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Major in Community, Environment, and Planning UW Department of Urban Design and Planning By Megan Herzog Contributing Writer

Every year, 45,000 students attend the University of Washington to explore their interests, prepare for a career, and maybe even change the world. The question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” turns into, “What do you want to do now that you’re here?” To answer that question, you need room to explore. Community, environment, and planning (CEP) is a two-year major that provides academic freedom among a community of similarly motivated classmates. Each CEP cohort is comprised of 40 students who take six core courses and complete the program together. Each student also develops an individualized focus by choosing their own upper-level courses, securing an internship, and developing a senior project. CEP senior Jenna Brewington came to CEP to find a community. She came in with a major in business administration while taking electives in environmental studies. “I discovered CEP and found it to be the community and support I needed in my journey,” Brewington said. “Although I was still forging my own path, I was surrounded by encouraging individuals who shared many of my values.”

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“I’m interested in large-scale manufacturing, and how one small change to make something more sustainable can compound and have a greater impact.” CEP is a major that was created by students in the ‘90s and is still run by students today. Student-led committees work together to manage everything from admissions to alumni relations. Every class, group project, and major-wide event is facilitated by students. In today’s world, employers are looking for people who can think critically, work well with others, exercise good judgement, be creative, and solve complex problems. These skills aren’t built by being told what to do, they’re built through practice.

“In CEP, I was able to develop critical skills that are applicable to every career field, such as how to facilitate a discussion, work with others on a group project, and run a meeting,” CEP alumna Jasmine Leung said. “I have learned how to lead, negotiate, teach, recruit, and organize.” Leung focused her time in CEP around education and community development. Upon graduation, she was offered a position with the National Park Service. CEP senior Brian Liu is using CEP to pursue his passion for urban planning. “Map-making is only a skill, and GIS is only a tool to make them,” Liu said. “You have to apply your skills to reality. That’s when urban planning came into my life. Transportation, green spaces, communities, and sustainable economics are all essential to healthy urban growth. How can I address and evaluate real issues using maps? That’s what I hope to answer during my time in CEP.” What unites CEP students is their will to make a difference in the world, and their drive to do something about it. They are learners, leaders, planners, visionaries, and self-starters. CEP is looking for students

who want to be engaged, colminimum 2.5 cumulative GPA laborative, and intentional about and be on track to complete 90 their education. credits by the time you begin the Their application for autumn program. 2020 enrollment opens midLearn more at December 2019. The process or email consists of: an online application form, a personal statement, an academic resume, an unofficial transcript, and an inperson interview with current students. CEP 200: Introduction to CEP (5 credits, I&S) is recommended, but not required. They ask that you have a Courtesy of Urban Design and Planning.


HEALTH INFORMATICS & HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT Earn the RHIA credential and position yourself in a fast-growing field. For information about applying to the HIHIM major: 206-543-8810

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NELC: A global classroom

UW Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization By Martina Povolo Staff Writer Imagine being able to travel the world from a classroom. In the Near Eastern languages and civilization major (NELC), the world is at your fingertips. From decoding Egyptian hieroglyphics to studying overseas in Central Asia, students have the world within their grasp when majoring in NELC. In NELC, every class is distinct and interdisciplinary, so students are able to educate themselves on a broad variety of topics, ranging from learning Arabic to analyzing biblical Hebrew texts. “In what could appear to be standard history courses, I would often end up learning about things like literature, astronomy, linguistics, archaeology, mathematics, poetry, theology, and contemporary politics,” said Ryan Robinson, NELC alum and professional archeologist. Faculty in the NELC department are committed to going a step beyond teaching. “Professors build the class in part around their identity and lived experiences to truly bring the language to life,” Robinson said. While NELC instructors teach using their pasts, they also bond

with students by sharing the experience of new discoveries. Faculty are constantly cultivating new research, varying from post-colonial theory to comparative religion. Because of the close-knit community, students form profound relationships with their professors and frequently join in the research process. “Professors, advisers, and administrators all took the time to get to know me and my goals at UW and in life,” Robinson said. “Then, they all did their best to give me advice and connect me to resources that would help me.” As if gaining unique access to research opportunities and mentorship isn’t enough, students travel the world through NELC. Students have been throughout North America, Central Eurasia, and the Middle East to further enrich their cultural knowledge of the region through NELC associated programs, and often with NELC financial support. For students who do not participate in a study abroad program, NELC offers research opportunities in the Digital

Humanities. The Ottoman Text Archive Project and the Newbook Digital Texts Project are two programs that make historic documents from the Near East accessible online for discovery and exploration. Students get involved with these programs to enrich their knowledge on their specific interests in the major. They concentrate on one of three degree tracks: languages and civilization, comparative civilizations, or Hebrew Bible and ancient Near Eastern studies. After graduating, NELC students can land jobs in a variety of divergent fields. Alumni have become project coordinators, field archeologists, and even chefs. NELC students work at Amazon, Boeing, and the U.S. State Department. Students have also pursued law, medicine, education, and many other interests on a graduate level. No matter where these students end up, the global perspective gained from NELC aids them in their endeavors. If 500-people lectures and hard-to-reach advisors have scared you away from pursuing your goals in the past, then


double-majoring or minoring in NELC is the right fit for you. “I took a few classes in various majors, and I was considering transferring schools when I took one class in the NELC department. After learning about the department and meeting the advisor/some of the professors, I was fully convinced to stay at UW — and I am so happy I did,” Mira Weimer, NELC graduate and chef, said. Going to a university with over 40,000 students can be intimidating, but making the university setting feel smaller and opportunities more accessible enriches your experience. The NELC major educates beyond history and

language while impacting students beyond the classroom. Having hands-on mentors, feasible research experiences, and chances to travel the globe makes your UW community seem more compact while your knowledge of the world becomes truly boundless.

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Theologian What does it mean to be created in the image of God? Why does it matter? Navigating through scripture, context, and the plurality of past and present voices, Dr. Marc Cortez brings clarity to today’s important theological questions. Be inspired, challenged, and equipped by Dr. Cortez and our 27 other expert Bible and Theology faculty when you pursue the M.A. in Theology.

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