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Welcome to the University of Washington and Integrated Social Sciences!

The Integrated Social Sciences (ISS) major is offered through a partnership between the College of Arts and Sciences and UW Continuum College (UW C2). Below you will find information on what you need to do next for enrollment, orientation, and registration, as well as links to additional resources.


Required Steps to Enroll in the ISS Program

Download and print this handy checklist!

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.

If you know your NetID and password, move on to Step 2.

If you do not have a UW NetID or you do not remember the password, please visit this webpage* for instructions. Contact UW IT for help at or 206-221-5000.

*You will need a student ID (SID) number and a PAC (Private Access Code) to create a NetID if you do not already have one or did not create one during your application process. If you do not already have your SID and PAC information, you can contact the UW Admission's Office at 206-543-9686.

Step 2: Confirm Your Enrollment:

All students admitted to the ISS Program must confirm their enrollment through two steps, with the exception of continuing UW Seattle students. Continuing UWS students should speak with an ISS adviser about submitting a Change of Major form to Registration.

1. Confirm your enrollment with ISS: Reply directly to the emailed offer of admission from the program with an "I accept!" message; and

2. Confirm your UW enrollment online as soon as possible: Use the online self-serve Enrollment Confirmation System (ECS). Online students do not have to pay the Enrollment Confirmation Deposit (ECD). This is a crucial step to be able to receive financial aid or register for courses. It should be done as early as possible -- don't wait!

Step 3: Make your funding plans (if you haven't already):

If you are planning on using Financial Aid, please contact the UW Financial Aid Office as early as possible. If you have not already submitted the Federal Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) we recommend doing so immediately.

Veterans and military-affiliated students can reach out to Veterans Education Benefits to discuss funding questions.

Step 4:  For disability accommodations, contact UW DRS as early as possible:

Your experience in this program is important to us, and it is the policy and practice of the University of Washington to create inclusive and accessible learning environments consistent with federal and state law. 

If you experience barriers based on temporary or permanent disability (this can include but is not limited to:  mental health, attention-related, learning, vision, hearing, physical or health impacts), please complete a New Student Application with Disability Resources for Students (DRS) as soon as possible. Questions? The DRS Office can be reached at 206-543-8924 or


Step 5: Activate UW Google Suite services and set up your email:

1. Activate UW Google Suite: The ISS program makes use of the Google sites feature of UW Google Suite in our core courses to create your portfolio. (UW Google Suite is a separate account from any other Google accounts you may have.) To activate UW Google Suite, please follow the prompts on this page.

2. Set up your email: The UW and the ISS Program use your email address as the official means of communicating with you. Although your UW email address is created automatically from you UW NetID, your email account is not activated until you specify how you want your messges handled.

You can use the UW Office 365 (Outlook) email system, UW Google Mail (which is different from your personal Google Mail, if you use that service) or you can forward your UW emails to an existing account outside the UW.

Please visit this page and specify how you want your UW email handled.

Remember, you cannot receive email to your UW email address until you complete this step!

If you need help, contact UW IT at or 206-221-5000.


Step 6: Sign up for and attend a mandatory Group Advising Session:

Required Online Group Advising meetings are 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. Please RSVP for the session that best works with your schedule via the Catalyst link that was emailed to you. (If you cannot find this link, contact

In the meantime, if you'd like to start learning about degree requirements, check out this page on our website!


Step 7: Register!

You will receive registration instructions and course information at your Group Advising session. Register for your courses as soon as possible after the session to complete your enrollment.

In your first quarter, all entering ISS majors are required to enroll in at least 7 credits of core courses: ISS 301: Social Science Theory in Context (5 credits) and ISS 350: Portfolios in the Social Sciences (2 credits). Space is reserved for all new students in these courses -- including you!


Step 8: Complete the mandatory 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 will open three weeks before classes start, and should be completed before classes begin. (For UW quarter start dates and more, see the UW Academic Calendar.) We will send you a link to the Canvas Orientation course close to the start of the orientation. You must have a UW NetID to access the orientation in Canvas.

The orientation covers these topics: 1) a campus tour and ISS staff and faculty introductions; 2) technical readiness and an introduction to Canvas; 3) communication online; and 4) learning online.

There are three required, participation-based 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.

It could take as little as a few hours to complete the required assignments or a couple of days, depending on how comfortable you are with Canvas -- so be sure to give yourself enough time to complete the course before the quarter begins.


Step 9: Acquire Required Textbooks:

There are no required textbooks for ISS 301 and 350, but if you are enrolling in any ISS Thematic Areas or other UW online courses, you may need to purchase textbooks.