The Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Social Sciences program features a curriculum that weaves together the broad sweep of the social sciences, using innovative online learning elements – including e-portfolios and capstone projects – to allow students to demonstrate how these areas interconnect. In completing your degree, you will take courses in diverse fields such as anthropology, communication, economics, ethnic studies, geography, history, international relations, philosophy, political science, sociology and women's studies.
The curriculum is centered around the five ISS core courses, which serve to guide the student in integrating the rest of their coursework into the degree program. These courses are:
These courses will span the student's time in the program, beginning with ISS 301 and ISS 350 in the first quarter and ending with ISS 401 in the final quarter. Students must take ISS 301 and ISS 350 together for a total of at least 7 credits in the first quarter of enrollment. Students will take ISS 302 once and ISS 355 at least once at some point during their course of study.
The ISS program requires that all students participate in an ongoing e-portfolio project that’s at the heart of the reflective, integrative and collaborative nature of the program. To learn more about e-portfolios, visit the IAS Degree Portfolio page, which is part of a similar program offered at UW Bothell.
The ISS program covers seven thematic areas of interdisciplinary inquiry, which reflect the integrative nature of the social sciences degree.
In addition to the required ISS core courses listed above, students must complete at least one course in five of the seven thematic areas to graduate. Available courses are listed below, along with the area each one fulfills (many courses are eligible in more than one area). More courses may be added in the future.
|AES/COM/GWSS 389: Race, Gender & Sexuality in the Media||LeiLani Nishime||IT, CC, DGJ, IP|
|AES/COM/GWSS 489: Black Cultural Studies||Ralina Joseph||DGJ, IP|
|ANTH 308: Anthropology of Gender, Women’s Health, and Reproduction||Rachel Chapman||DGJ, HR|
|ANTH 377: Anthropology of International Health||James Pfeiffer||DGJ, HR|
|ANTH 378: Sustainability, Resilience, and Society||UW Faculty||HR, SE|
|ANTH 460: History of Anthropology (and the Future of Social Science)||Celia Lowe||PM, SE|
|CHID/HSTCMP 485: Comparative Colonialism||Vicente Rafael||PM, CC, DGJ, IP|
|COM 220: Introduction to Public Speaking||Matt McGarrity||IT|
|COM 318: The Creative Advantage||Nancy Rivenburgh||IT|
|COM 325: Communication, Cities, and Sustainability||Nancy Rivenburgh||IT, SE|
|COM 339: The Business of Media in the Digital Age||UW Faculty||IT|
|COM 420/ POL S 468/JSIS B 419: Comparative Media Systems||Philip Howard||IT|
|COM 468: Media Ethics||Roger Simpson||IT, CC|
|ECON 200: Introduction to Microeconomics||Haideh Salehi-Esfahani||IT|
|ECON 201: Introduction to Macroeconomics||Dennis O'Dea||IT|
|ECON 282: Using Econometrics: A Practical Approach||Gregory Ellis||IT|
|ENVIR/POL S 385: Political Ecology of the World Food System||Karen Litfin||HR, SE|
|GEOG/JSIS D 323: Globalization & You||Matthew Sparke||DGJ, HR|
|GEOG 337: Migration and Development in China||Kam Wing Chan||PM, DGJ|
|GEOG 478: Social Justice & the City||Katharyne Mitchell||PM, CC, DGJ, IP|
|HSTAS/JSIS A 454: History of Modern China||Madeleine Yue Dong||DGJ|
|ISS 381: Advanced Research Writing in the Social Sciences||ISS Teaching Team||IT|
|JSIS A/POL S 435: Japanese Government & Politics||Robert Pekkanen||CC|
|JSIS B 310/POL S 320: State-Society Relations in Third World Countries||José Antonio Lucero||CC, DGJ, SE|
|JSIS B 320: Yoga: History, Practice, and Health||Christian Novetzke||HR|
|JSIS B 331: Political Economy of Development||Sunila Kale||CC, DGJ|
|JSIS B 351: The Global Environment||Celia Lowe||HR, SE|
|JSIS B 406/POL S 432: Political Islam & Islamic Fundamentalism||Karam Dana||CC, DGJ, IP|
|JSIS B 416: Putting the World on a Couch: Psychoanalysis & International Studies||Deborah Porter||DGJ|
|JSIS B 420: Failed States||Scott Radnitz||CC|
|LSJ/POL S 327: Women's Rights as Human Rights||Rachel Cichowski||CC, DGJ, IP|
|PHIL 102: Contemporary Moral Problems||Michael Blake||CC, DGJ|
|PHIL 343: Ethics & the Environment||UW Faculty||CC, SE|
|PHIL 362: Topics in the Philosophy of Science||Lynn Hankinson Nelson||IT, HR, SE|
|POL S 312: Survey of American Political Thought||Jack Turner||CC, IP|
|RELIG 380: Theories in the Study of Religion||James Wellman||CC|
|SOC 362: Race Relations||Alexes Harris||DGJ, IP|
Students will need a total of 180 credits to earn their bachelor's degree. In addition to the required courses, ISS students may take additional ISS classes or other designated online classes through the UW to fulfill their graduation requirements.
During the summer quarter only, ISS students can also take on-campus courses. Learn more about UW Summer Quarter.
Once you are enrolled in the ISS program, your academic adviser will provide more information about your course options. You will be charged the same per-credit cost for courses outside the program as for your ISS courses.