Online Learning


online learning

As a completely online program, the Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Social Sciences is a great option for people working full time and those living outside the Seattle area. You will access all classes, readings, assignments and discussions online, giving you the flexibility to study on your schedule and earn a UW degree while living anywhere in the world that has high-speed Internet service.

How Online Courses Work

In many ways, our online courses are similar to classroom courses. Along with the rest of your cohort, you will start each course at the beginning of the quarter, follow a weekly schedule and complete all work by quarter's end. All students have the same deadlines, and you will need to keep up with all lectures, readings, activities and assignments. Unlike on-campus students, however, you can choose when and where to do your coursework within this structure.

All ISS courses use Canvas, a robust online learning management system. This web-based software allows you to access all course materials and interact with your instructors and fellow students through discussion boards and other online features.

Online Technology Requirements

  • Computer able to run a recent version of one of the major Web browsers, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome or Safari (visit the Canvas Help Center for more details)
  • Reliable high-speed Internet connection (cable recommended)

In addition to these basic requirements, you may need access to one or more of the following tools and technologies for some courses: Microsoft PowerPoint, Flash, Adobe Acrobat, Visio, Windows Media Player or QuickTime. Some courses may require specialized software; if a course relies on software that is beyond the basic technology requirements, it will be described in the course introduction.

If possible, we also recommend using a computer equipped with a webcam and a microphone. This will allow you to participate in face-to-face communication with instructors and advisers during office hours and at other times.

Technical Support

UW Professional & Continuing Education will provide phone and email technical support related to course access issues, technology questions and other aspects of the Canvas environment. Technical support is available from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pacific time each weekday (excluding UW holidays). Technical support will also be available from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Pacific time during the first two weeks of each quarter, and from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on the Saturday before the start of each quarter and the first two Saturdays of the quarter.

In addition to the above technical support, students also have access to support through UW Information Technology (UW-IT).