Discover more about the opportunities and outcomes for students in each academic area.

DeVoe Division of Business

Majors

Accounting | Business Administration | Entrepreneurship | Finance | Management | Marketing

About

The DeVoe Division of Business encourages the integration of faith and leadership in business. Each major is infused with the application of ethics and values, designed to prepare you to tackle real-world business challenges, and distinguished by an emphasis on applied learning. Our professors have significant professional experiences across a wide range of cultures and environments. As a result, students receive top-quality instruction, relevant learning experiences, and practical applications of business concepts.

Opportunities & Outcomes

Here are just a few examples of student opportunities and outcomes:

  • Santiago – barely a year out of college – joined Inc. Magazine's list of '30 under 30' entrepreneurs, sold his church and tourism business for $8 million, and founded Emplify, a growing company providing business with an app purposed to increase employee engagement.
  • Rachel, an accounting major, accepted a position at BMM CPA/Advisors.
  • Abbie, an Accounting and Marketing major, was offered a position with Marathon.
  • Ashley interned at Katz, Sapper & Miller in Indianapolis, IN.
  • Derek interned at Conner Prairie in Fishers, IN in Finance and Marketing.
  • Morgan interned at Management and Business Administration for Mathew Mize, LLC.
  • Trevor, a Finance and Management Major, took a role after graduation in the Financial Consultant Academy at Charles Schwab.
  • Students participate in professional internships, including at such organizations as Disney World, Eli Lilly, Salesforce, and Charles Schwab, Thrivent, and Northwest Mutual.
  • Students begin building professional networks – along with their resume’ – as they learn and gain practical experience from some of the leading professionals in business.

Stats & Facts

Overall CPA exam pass rate is higher than the national average with a 2018 IWU graduate scoring in the top ten in Indiana.

95%

95% of accounting students have a job prior to graduation, with starting salaries above $54,000.

75%

Approximately 75% of accounting students get their first full-time job through their internship experience.

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Ranked #5 for the Best College to earn your Business Management Degree by universityhq.org.

Modern Language and Literature

Majors

Applied Spanish and Hispanic Cultures | English | English Education | Spanish Education | Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) | TESOL Education | Writing

About

An in-depth study of literature, languages, and cultures effectively prepares students to meet the needs of their worlds, whether through teaching in the US or abroad, writing the next great novel or op-ed piece, or editing and publishing discourse that influences readers.

Opportunities & Outcomes

Here are some examples of how students can gain practical, hands-on experience in Modern Language and Literature: 

  • Study literature or writing abroad in places like England, Ireland, or Lithuania.
  • Gain skill in writing and tutoring by working with students in the Ink Well Writing Center or the Language Lab.
  • Teach or tutor English language learners in the local community or abroad.
  • Contribute as a publisher or editor in the Caesura, a university publication.
  • Participate in Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society, or Sigma Delta Pi, the Spanish Honors Society.
  • Strengthen language proficiency in Spanish and Chinese as well as grow in your cultural understanding by studying abroad in places like Spain and China.
  • Enjoy close relationships with your professors in class, over coffee, at department dinners, or individual academic advising sessions.

Stats & Facts

67%

67% of alumni respondents in a 2019 survey names faculty and faculty relationships as the greatest strength of the writing program.

93%

This survey data also indicate that 93% of respondents believe their undergraduate program prepared them well for their post-IWU life.

50%

50% of the respondents have graduate school experience and 67% are involved in major-related work.

Computer Information Sciences

Majors

Computer Science | Computer Information Systems

About

We believe that learning is best done in an environment where students will be both challenged deeply and supported generously. Students and faculty work closely together to sharpen skills and explore the frontiers of the rapidly-evolving world of technological and computer systems. The job opportunities for students trained in Computer Information Sciences are exciting, rapidly-expanding, and high-paying.

Opportunities & Outcomes

Here are a few examples of how some of our alumni are using their skills to make the world a better place:

  • TJ earned a Ph.D. at University of Southern California and is now a research scientist in machine learning at Apple Corporation.
  • Tyler is the founder, owner, and lead developer of a game development startup company. 
  • Nikki is a user experience designer for E-gineering, a custom software consulting firm in Indianapolis. 
  • Nicole is an IT Implementation Coordinator at Genoa Healthcare in Michigan. 
  • Devin is a Support Engineer at Microsoft Corporation in North Carolina.

Mathematics

Majors

Mathematics | Mathematics Interdisciplinary | Mathematics Education

About

Students work closely with one another and with our faculty to analyze and tackle real-world challenges. This approach means your learning will be relevant to contemporary problems and will happen in relationship with a vibrant community.

We also believe that God's character can be seen in his creation; thus, we help our students recognize that the study of patterns, structure, algorithms, and logic can reveal aspects of the character of God.  Our faculty work closely with students not only to cultivate the intellectual and technical skills needed for future employment but also to see each student leave with greater wisdom and a deeper faith.

Opportunities & Outcomes

The career opportunities for graduates in mathematics is extremely strong and are accompanied by very strong salaries, even for entry-level positions. Here are a few examples of how some of our alumni are using their skills to make the world a better place: 

  • Ian is a consulting actuary at Milliman in Indianapolis and a Society of Actuaries Fellow
  • Caryn earned a master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University and is a bioinformatics scientist at the University of North Carolina
  • Luke earned a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado Denver and is a visiting math professor at the University of Indianapolis
  • Kelly earned a master’s degree from Purdue, won a Fullbright Award to research math education in Finland, and is a 7th-grade teacher near Indianapolis
  • Amanda taught math in China for 9 years and is now Director of Odyssey at an international school in China

Health and Human Performance

Majors

Exercise Science | Pre-Occupational Therapy | Pre-Physical Therapy |Sports Management | Sports Ministries

About

The Division of Health and Human Performance excels in preparing students to make a difference and develop dynamic careers.

Opportunities & Outcomes

Here are some example of how students can gain practical, hands-on experience:

  • Participate in internships across the country with such organizations as the Indiana Pacers, Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports, and Notre Dame’s sports medicine clinic.
  • Develop practical and clinical skills in our fully-equipped Human Performance Lab.
  • Use sports as a platform to share the gospel and impact lives through youth sports ministry, camp ministry, and sports chaplaincy programs.
  • Receive one-on-one mentorship, career coaching, and academic advising from faculty members.
  • Job placements for graduates include Vice President of an NBA G-league, Head and Assistant coaches, managers of sports facilities

Stats & Facts

91%

91% acceptance rate into graduate school

95%

95% pass rate on the Certified Exercise Science exam for exercise science graduates

90-95%

90-95% of supervisors share a high satisfaction rate when it comes to IWU exercise science graduates

Natural Sciences

Majors

Biochemistry | Biology | Chemistry | Medical Technology | Physics

About

Our Christian faculty believe that all truth is God’s truth, and we are excited to unveil the marvels of God’s creations throughout each of your science courses. Students in develop the skills and expertise needed to enter top graduate programs and enter research or professional positions in the sciences.

Opportunities & Outcomes

Students participating in the Pre-Med program can take advantage of the following experiences: 

  • Research with our faculty, resulting in additional opportunities to present and publish in scholarly journals before graduating! For example, our students and a faculty member recently published research on neuronal signaling in the vertebrate retina and throughout the brain.
     
  • Individualized academic advising by a science faculty member with expertise in your area of interest.
     
  • Peer mentorship by upper-division students majoring in natural science fields.
     
  • Belonging in a dynamic community with other students in the division through such opportunities as Science Club, Pre-Med Club, and divisional socials.
     
  • Professional and career development, including research opportunities, job shadowing opportunities, and graduate school admissions exam study courses.

Natural Sciences (Pre-Med)

Majors

Pre-Medical Science

About

Christian faculty within the Division of Natural Sciences believe that all truth is God’s truth, and are excited to unveil the marvels of God’s creations throughout each of your science courses. Students in the Pre-Medical Sciences program develop the skills and expertise needed to enter top medical and professional schools.

Opportunities & Outcomes

THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE
Students participating in the Pre-Med program can take advantage of the following experiences: 

  • Research with our faculty in areas such as neuroscience, pharmaceutical development, or genetics. Many of our undergraduate students even publish their original research in scholarly journals before graduating, strengthening their application to professional schools.
     
  • Individualized academic advising by a science faculty member with expertise in your area of professional interest. Our advising program for pre-med students contributes to our 96% placement rate into med school or employment after graduation.
  • Belonging in a dynamic community with other students in the division through such opportunities as Science Club, Pre-Med Club, and divisional socials. The pre-med program also offers a peer mentorship program for new students. 
     
  • Professional and career development, job shadowing opportunities, medical school admissions exam study courses and practice tests, and mock medical school interviews. With an acceptance rate into graduate or medical school of 86.4%, our students are well-prepared to enter top medical and professional programs and earn prestigious residencies.
     
  • Access to our state-of-the-art cadaver lab for hands-on learning of the human body.

Behavioral Sciences

Majors

Addictions Counseling | Criminal Justice |Pre-Art Therapy | Psychology | Social Work

About

We live at a time when addiction, mental health issues, social inequality and the effects of poverty diminish the lives of untold millions here in the U.S. and abroad. Our team of caring faculty is committed to helping students like you develop their hearts and minds to effectively address important issues like these.

Opportunities & Outcomes

Here are just a few examples of the kinds of opportunities you will have as a student in our division: 

  • Learn firsthand about mass incarceration and gain new perspectives on criminal justice by joining faculty and students for a weekly class held at a nearby prison
  • Develop your empathy and diagnostic skills in a psychology class that uses mental health simulations
  • Serve local, at-risk elementary school kids while taking an Advanced Art Therapy class
  • Gain real-world social work experience in practicum experiences working in an adoption agency, serving in a school with at-risk kids.
  • Only Christian college offering this program in the Midwest; one of only a few programs at Christian colleges in the country
  • Exciting program geared for students with a deep love of music and interest in psychology
  • Fully accredited by the American Music Therapy Association

Stats & Facts

100%

100% job placement rate for music therapy graduates seeking employment

Communication and Theatre

Majors

Human Communication | Multimedia Communication | Strategic Communication | Theatre

About

In these days of divisive conversation and misinformation, we all need to be educated to communicate clearly and with grace through any means, including mass communication, corporate communication, and interpersonal communication.

Opportunities & Outcomes

Here are just a few examples of the kinds of opportunities you will have as a student in our division: 

  • Develop the fundamentals of your discipline, receive professional experience in your discipline, and learn how you can integrate your faith with your discipline. Our four majors -- multimedia communication, human communication, strategic communication, and theatre -- prepare you to be an outstanding communicator in our world today.
  • Sharpen the soft skills that employers crave—writing, speaking, interpersonal communication, and critical thinking. Because our faculty members are devoted to equipping you with skills and confidence, you will earn not only an IWU diploma but also develop a professional résumé during your time with us.
  • Live out the challenges from Proverbs 31 to give voice to the voiceless. Our faculty will encourage you and help you use your communication skills and faith to give voice to those who have been marginalized in our society. Giving voice to those who are voiceless is living out Matthew 25:40, “. . . whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

Social Sciences

Majors

Economics | History | International Relations | Political Science | Political Science Pre-Law | Social Studies

About

The Division of Social Sciences serves a wide variety of academic programs and supports several others. Division programs include Economics, History, International Studies, Political Science, Pre-Law, and Social Studies Education. Our programs prepare students for the board room, the classroom, public service, scholarly research, graduate school, global engagement, and legal studies.

Opportunities & Outcomes

Graduates from our division can today be found changing the world in a variety of professions, including as teachers, economists, and lawyers. Many of our students also continue on to graduate schools such as Indiana University's Maurer School of Law and Notre Dame Law School.

Nursing

Majors

Nursing | Transition to Nursing

About

Nurses change lives. Our faculty are passionate about preparing nurses of exceptional quality and integrity who will change the lives of individuals, families, and even whole communities. The respect and demand for registered nurses in the Midwest and across the globe has never been greater.

To prepare our students to thrive as nursing professionals, we've developed a nationally-ranked nursing program with innovative approaches to learningtop-quality facilitiesa strong student community, and exceptional faculty.

Opportunities & Outcomes

Here are just a few examples of the kinds of opportunities you will have as nursing major at IWU:

  • Gain authentic, real-world skills through extensive hands-on learning experiences including multiple clinical placements that begin in your sophomore year
  • Practice in a state-of-the-art simulation lab that is capable of functioning as a hospital or healthcare clinic
  • Develop deep cross-cultural skills through our transcultural nursing course and study abroad programs for nursing students
  • Learn through an evidence-based curriculum that emphasizes holistic care and incorporates Christian values into nursing practice in an environment with an 8:1 student to clinical faculty ratio
     
  • Supplement your nursing degree with such programs as a Certificate in Human Trafficking Studies, Child Advocacy Certificate, or Spanish minor
  • IWU Nursing students have surpassed the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination) first-time pass rate for 12 consecutive years

WuCrew quotes from Claire Goodwin:

  1. My professors have always encouraged us to visit them during office hours and outside of classes so that they can help us be better prepared academically as well as have a personal relationship with us. This has better prepared me to want to continuously learn more as well as remembering that we can always reach out to others for help when information gets tough.    
  2. I have been able to attend clinicals through the Nursing program. This is very important and prepares me for my future career as a nurse. We are able to take what we learn in class and apply it to a real-life situation every semester starting at Sophomore year!
  3. We have a simulation lab for the nursing department where we are able to practice skills and different simulations. These simulations allow us to prepare and practice before we execute them in clinicals. It allows me to feel more comfortable for when I go to clinicals and one day get a nursing job.

Music

Majors

Applied Music | Music Composition | Music Education | Music Therapy | Performance | Songwriting | Worship Studies and Music Ministry

About

IWU holds one of the larger and best-developed music departments among Christian colleges in the country. We believe it is vital to recognize that all gifts and talents are given by God and ought to be cultivated to their highest potential for His glory and service.

Opportunities & Outcomes

Students in the Division of Music engage in a number of transformational opportunities to discover, develop, and use their talents for Christ. Here are just a few examples of the kinds of opportunities you will have as a student in our division: 

  • Perform and minister across the country while traveling with the Chorale, Wind Ensemble, or ministry teams.
  • Apply learning to real-world situations through practicum courses (music therapy and music education), internships (music therapy and worship studies/music ministry), and student teaching (music education).
  • Gain the skills needed to thrive in a rewarding career as a fine performer, teacher, worship leader, or music therapist.
  • Connect with a growing number of music graduates across the world who are teaching music, playing and singing on stages, working in music therapy clinics, and leading worship within the Church.
  • Be actively involved in ensembles at a high level: University Chorale, University Singers, Women’s Chorus, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, and Jazz Ensemble (even perform operas and musicals on the big stage!)

Teacher Education

Majors

Biology Education | Chemistry Education | Elementary Education | Elementary Education/Exceptional Needs Education | English Education | Exceptional Needs Education (P-12) | Mathematics Education | Music Education | Science Education | Secondary Education | Social Studies Education | Spanish Education | Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Education | Theatre Education | Visual Arts Education

About

Great teachers are in extraordinary demand across the globe. In an environment of increasing opportunity and challenge in science, critical thinking, communication, and other high-impact areas, the best teachers can open opportunities for students living with the effects of poverty, trauma, and other challenges to meet their potential and help change the world.

Opportunities & Outcomes

Here are just a few examples of the kinds of opportunities you will have as an education major:

  • Student teach or study abroad in another country.
  • Explore ways that you might add skills or certification areas to serve students on the margins, like students with disabilities and English Learners.
  • Gain authentic experience as you observe, participate, tutor, and teach in multiple public school settings.
  • Interact with your professors in class, over coffee, and through regular, individualized academic advising sessions.
  • Join a professional organization like Student Education Association, Council for Exceptional Children, or Kappa Delta Pi

Theology and Ministry

Majors

Biblical Literature | Biblical and Theological Studies | Bible as a Second Major | Children's Ministries | Christian Education | Christian Ministries | Community Development | Global Ministries | Intercultural Studies | Pastoral Counseling and Care | Pastoral Ministries as a Second Major | Philosophy and Theology | Worship Studies and Music Ministry | Youth Ministries

About

The world is lost and hurting, and the message of Jesus brings life. For 100 years, the School of Theology and Ministry at IWU has been preparing exceptional men and women for kingdom ministry. Our faculty and staff passionately believe that God is calling a new generation of pastors, ministers, and theologians to rise up and fulfill the Great Commission.

Opportunities & Outcomes

Students in the School of Theology and Ministry engage in a number of transformational opportunities to discover, develop, and deploy into their call to ministry, including opportunities to: 

  • Gain critical ministry skills, perspectives, and wisdom through well-developed academic programs, including 17 majors, 16 minors, 4 graduate degrees, multiple certificates, and ordination tracks.
  • Plan and lead youth ministry events affecting more than 10,000 lives each year such as Fusion, Never2Young, and Summer Ministry Teams.
  • Jump onto the 3+2 accelerated degree track, earning one of many of our bachelor’s degrees in just 3 years and a Master’s of Practical Theology in just 2 years (while gaining deep ministry experience and saving money).
  • Participate in the Kern Program, a cohort-style mentoring program to help ministry students grow in Christ and be prepared for effective ministry. 
  • Explore a call to ministry and earn college credit through Examen, a 2-week summer program for high school students and prospective IWU students.

Pre-Declared

Majors

Pre-Declared (before committing to a major program of study)

About

Beginning the college experience Pre-Declared can be just as effective, timely, and cost-effective as starting with a major. If pursued with intention and care, Pre-Declared students are more likely to succeed than those who are uncertain, yet declared.

Opportunities & Outcomes

The Pre-Declared program at IWU encourages students to strategically explore academic majors and career options while listening to God’s direction for their life – before committing to a major program of study.