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New to our program? Welcome!

The Integrated Social Sciences (ISS) major is offered through the University of Washington’s Online Bachelor’s Degree Completion Program.  UW Professional and Continuing Education (UW PCE) is proud to partner with the College of Arts and Sciences on this program. Below you will find information on what you need to do next for enrollment, orientation, and registration, as well as additional important information.  We are excited to welcome you to the University of Washington!

Next Steps to Enroll in the ISS Program

Step 1:  Establish Your UW NetID

Your UW NetID is a short identifier that you will use to access nearly all of the vast UW resources available to students. (See What is a UW NetID?)

If you did not create your UW NetID and password during the admission process or during a prior period of enrollment at the UW, please visit and follow the instructions.  You will need a student ID number and PAC code that will be mailed to you from UW PCE.  If you already have a NetID, you won’t need to create a new one, but the link above will help you recover a lost password.  If you have trouble, contact UW IT for help at or 206-221-5000.

Step 2: Complete the Self-Paced Canvas Orientation

Our self-paced ISS orientation is set up like a course using the Canvas learning environment. This simultaneously gives you information about our program and practice using the same Canvas environment you will use for all of your courses in ISS.

The Orientation is typically available three weeks before classes start so that you have ample time to complete the course at your own pace before classes begin.  The orientation covers these topics: 1) a Campus Tour and ISS Staff Introductions; 2) Technical Readiness and an Introduction to Canvas; 3) Communication Online; and 4) Learning Online.  There are three ungraded assignments that are due the day classes start, giving you practice in common types of activities in Canvas.  Advisers will be monitoring the Canvas orientation course regularly, including occasional checks over the weekend. 

We will send you a link to the Canvas Orientation course via email the day the course opens.  If you do not have your NetID set up by then you’ll still be able to access the course at a later date.  It could take as little as a few hours to complete or a couple days, depending on how comfortable you are with Canvas—so be sure to give yourself enough time to complete it.

Step 3: Sign up for a Group Advising Session

Group Advising meetings will be available online via Adobe Connect or in-person at the UW Seattle campus (depending on demand) and will be run by ISS Advising.  These meetings cover important information about UW and ISS, registration, general education and ISS requirements, and how your transfer work will be evaluated.  You will receive information about signing up for a group advising session via email, and you will be emailed a link to the webinar the day it is scheduled.

The order in which you complete the activities in steps 2 and 3 is flexible.

Step 4:  Register!

After completing the Group Advising Session, new ISS students should register for their ISS courses using MyUW. All new students are required to take ISS 301 (5 cr.) and ISS 350 (2 cr.) in their first quarter. If there are multiple sections of ISS 301 and 350 (i.e. ISS 301 A and ISS 301 B) be sure to enroll in the corresponding 350 course (i.e. register for ISS 301 A and ISS 350 A or ISS 301 B and ISS 350 B, both with the same instructor.) If you wish to take additional courses along with ISS 301 and 350, contact your adviser directly for recommendations, or contact ISS Advising at

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