Program Overview

program overview

The online Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Social Sciences is a degree designed to reflect the world we live in today Ė interconnected, diverse, dynamic and influenced by emerging technologies. The programís courses and curriculum have been custom built from the ground up by leading UW faculty and instructional designers.

The Integrated Social Sciences program, presented by the UW College of Arts & Sciences, allows you to fulfill your personal and career goals while exploring vital topics that shape our world.

Degree Requirements

The ISS degree completion program requires students to enter with at least 75 transferable quarter credits. (For more details on minimum admission requirements, see the Admissions page.) Students will then complete 60 credits in the program, broken down as follows:

  • 20 credits of ISS core courses, which guide you in developing an online e-portfolio to showcase your learning
  • 40 credits of courses from social science departments and disciplines, including courses from five of the programís seven thematic areas of inquiry

Students need a total of 180 credits to earn their bachelor's degree. In addition to the required courses above, ISS students may take additional ISS classes, or other designated online classes through the UW, to fulfill their graduation requirements.

Full-time students can generally complete the program in one to two years, and part-time students in three to four years.

See the Courses & Curriculum page for more details about program requirements and individual course offerings.

Who Should Apply

The ISS program is ideal for people who want to complete their bachelorís degree but canít fit a traditional, on-campus education into their busy lives. Whether youíre a younger student looking for a more flexible college experience or someone going back to school after some time away, youíll find the online Integrated Social Sciences degree program a perfect fit Ė intellectually challenging coursework that can be completed online, on your schedule.

At a Glance

Credits: Varies, depending on credits transferred
Learning Format: Online
Length: 2 years full time, 3–4 years part time
$311 per credit,
WA state resident
$363 per credit,
out-of-state resident


We are happy to answer your questions and provide more information about the Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Social Sciences.