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As of academic year 2009–2010. Numbers are not available for all programs.

None: No second language beyond what is required for admission to the UW.

One year: 3 high school years/1 college year, or equivalent, of a second language.

More than one year: Requires more than one college year of second language studies.

QSR only: Requires no math beyond the UW's Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning requirement.

Stat/Pre-Calc/Calculus: Requires one or more specific math classes, but nothing more advanced than first-quarter calculus.

Calculus and beyond: Requires math beyond first-quarter calculus.

Academic Learning Links organize all undergraduate majors into discipline-related groups.

Explore the ArtsLink, BioLink, EnviroLink, SAMLink, SLink and WordLink websites to learn more.

An informal set of affinity groups showing connections between different majors.

Eleven schools and colleges at the UW offer undergraduate majors.

Majors with open admission can be declared at any time by students whose GPA is at least 2.0. Majors with minimum admission have set requirements, such as completing 10 credits in the department with a GPA of 2.5. In general, these majors admit all applicants who meet these requirements.

Majors with competitive admission have curricular requirements as well as a screening process that may rely upon test scores, portfolios, auditions, letters of recommendation, and/or interviews. Completion of the curricular requirements does not guarantee admission to competitive majors.

Generally speaking, a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree features a broader approach to its subject, while a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree indicates a more specialized and technical focus.

A Bachelor of Music (BM) is awarded after a program of study in music.

A Bachelor of Design (BD) degree is a discipline-specific and somewhat more specialized arts-centered degree. It is similar to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree, which is the most typical undergraduate degree for students seeking a professional education in the visual or performing arts.

Explore a major in greater depth, usually with guidance from a faculty mentor. Requirements vary, but usually consist of an additional 10-15 credits of upper-level coursework, additional research or an extended thesis.

Students who complete Departmental Honors receive their degree "With Distinction."

Supervised learning experiences provide an opportunity to combine academic learning with activities outside the classroom.

About this Site

UW degree search is a production of Undergraduation Academic Affairs, in collaboration with departmental advisers across the university.

The UAA academic advising website contains more information about choosing a major at the UW, degree requirements, and how to register for classes. UW academic advisers can be contacted by calling the Center For Undergraduate Advising, Diversity & Student Success at 206-543-2550, or sending email to


Size: Average annual major size (for academic year 2009-2010) was determined by counting the number of majors in the fall, winter and spring quarters and dividing by three. Options within a program (i.e., Anthropology, and Anthropology: Anthropology of Globalization) are grouped according to the number of students in all options combined. Numbers are not available for all programs. Source: Office of the Vice Provost for Planning and Budgeting.

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