Additional Resources

Incoming Students: Next Steps

Welcome to the UW Bothell MA in Cultural Studies!

This page will be updated regularly with important information as we approach the start to the Autumn 2018 Quarter. Information will also be emailed to students but please check this page for the most up-to-date details.


Listserv: The listserv for your cohort has now been updated with all of your UW email addresses. The cohort-specific one (see my email) will be the listserv we use to communicate program information, class information, dates and deadlines, and more. If you wish to use this to communicate with your colleagues, you are welcome to do so, however please keep in mind that the Grad Office staff and the Cultural Studies Director, Susan Harewood, receive these emails. The first time you send an email to this list your email may be held for moderation causing a delay, but after that first time you should be all set. You are also all on an "all MACS students" listserv (see my email), this one includes both cohorts of Cultural Studies students.

Funding Announcements: We also manage an additional email account for funding announcements. From this email address you’ll receive notifications of funding opportunities both within and outside of UW. You may see scholarships, fellowships, internships, jobs, teaching posts, etc. Some posts may be relevant for you while others may not be so use your own filter. 

Current Student Page: The Current Students page has now been updated! Thank you very much, those who chose to, for sending in your information, it’s exciting to learn about the new cohort. I encourage you to take a look at the current student pages for the other two IAS graduate programs, too, Policy Studies and the MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics, so that you can learn about the larger IAS grad network.

MACS Pre-Course: Students, faculty, and staff from the Cultural Studies program have worked hard on our “MACS Pre-Course”. This introductory course is a tool for you to start preparing for your time in graduate school and in the Cultural Studies program. We encourage you all to participate as it will ensure that everyone is on a similar page in late September. I’ll be sending out the information on accessing the course in the next week or so, keep an eye on your email for more on this soon!

Relocation: If you are new to the Seattle area or are just moving closer to school, we encourage you to review our online Relocation Guide for information on housing, area neighborhoods, transportation options, dining and leisure, and more. We also have a great list of local organizations and groups you should check out.


Registration: Please be sure to register for BCULST 500: Formations of Cultural Studies and your Autumn Quarter BCULST elective before September 26.  Registration details were sent in an earlier email and are also posted below. 

Orientation: Orientation for new IAS graduate students provides the opportunity for faculty and staff to welcome you to campus and share important information. It’s a great event for the cohort to begin to come together and get to know each other and it also gives you a chance to meet graduate students in all three IAS graduate programs. Orientation will take place late afternoon/early evening on Tuesday, September 26. More details to come.

The Registration Process


MyUW is your personal, easy-to-use tool for finding course schedules, registration deadlines, and many other resources at the University of Washington. You can personalize MyUW to fit your needs by including or excluding the services you see listed, adding bookmarks to your favorite links, and choosing the background and accent colors you prefer. See below for more information on the features of MyUW. To access MyUW, you must first create your UW NetID (see below).

PAC (Private Access Code)

You will need to obtain your PAC in order to register for courses. In order to do this please log back into your application and click on “status” to find your PAC and student number. You will need to use the PAC and student number to create your UW NetID. Please do not share your PAC with anyone. If you forget your PAC, you must visit the UW Bothell Admissions Office in person to reset the code.


Follow the instructions to create your NetID. You will be asked to choose a UW NetID as well as a password.  If you need assistance setting up your UW NetID, please call (206) 543-5970.

Measles Immunization

Attached is the Measles Immunity Verification form (.pdf) for you to please fill out and return to the Registrar’s Office per the instructions on the form. There is also additional information available regarding this requirement.

Required Course

The required course in Autumn Quarter of your first year is BCULST 500 Formations of Cultural Studies (5 credits), taught by Dr. Susan Harewood, also the Director of the program. Since you have been admitted to the program, a space in this course, and all other required Cultural Studies courses, has been reserved for you; therefore, there is no risk of being “closed out”. The full-time graduate course load at the University of Washington is 10 credits, so you are expected to take BCULST 500 along with one 5-credit elective (see below for more information). If you feel you’ll have the time and energy to devote to additional course work in Autumn Quarter, please contact the IAS Graduate Office at to discuss.

Elective Courses

You will also need to register for one 5-credit BCULST (Cultural Studies) elective in Autumn Quarter. There are three courses you can choose from, please read over the attached course flyer for details (.pdf) (ONLY the BCULST classes). You can also look into the instructors on their faculty pages.  All available courses are also listed on the Current Courses webpage. The SLN numbers, required to register, are found on Time Schedule and also listed with each course below.

  • BCULST 570 Prisons, Politics, and Activism
    W 5:45 - 10 pm, Seattle Campus, Dan Berger; SLN 22474
  • BCULST 593A Topics in Cultural Studies: Writing the Americas
    Th 5:45 - 10 pm, Sarah Dowling; SLN 11295
  • BCULST 593B Topics in Cultural Studies: Black Arts West
    M 5:45 - 10 pm, Jed Murr; SLN 11296


  1. Once you have created your UW NetID, log on to MyUW using your UW NetID and password.
  2. From the Student Personal Services menu on the left side of the MyUW home page, select Registration. As a new student, you’ll be eligible to register in the current registration period (called “Registration Period II” - June 19 - September 26). During the registration process, the UW requires that students confirm their current address and make a decision regarding ASUWB membership. If you see a note stating, “Before registering you MUST . . .”, you’ll need to check your address and select your membership preference before access to registration will be allowed.
  3. Enter the Schedule Line Number (SLN) for each course you wish to add. In most cases, you will leave all other fields blank. To view available classes, choose Time Schedule under the Registration Resources menu. The Time Schedule will open in a separate, smaller window so you can have both windows open and toggle between them. The SLN for BCULST 500 is 11291, see Time Schedule or note above for the SLNs for the elective options.
  4. After making your course selections, click Update Schedule at the bottom of the Registration Screen. Your selections will be accepted only if all sections are available and there are no restrictions that would prevent you from registering. Messages will appear on the right side of the screen to alert you to any problems. Make any necessary revisions and resubmit.

After registering, you may log on to MyUW as often as you like to check the status of sections, list your confirmed schedule, add or drop courses, or check your account balance. You may contact the Registrar’s Office at (425) 352-5240 for assistance with registration.

Husky ID Card

Your Husky ID Card may be picked up in Campus Public Safety Office, LB2 005, any time after you have registered for Autumn Quarter. Please contact Student Affairs at 425-352-5000 or with any questions.

MyUW System Features

Visual Schedule

Displays your quarterly class schedule in a calendar format. From Personal Services in MyUW, select Visual Schedule from the list of Services.

Course Availability

Beginning Period I, you may log on to MyUW at any time to check course availability. You can also find this information in the time schedule.

Student Account and Loan Status Inquiries

Log on to MyUW to:

  • Find your current account balance
  • Get a summary of disbursed financial aid and check availability
  • Determine if outside lender loan funds are available
  • Get the latest recorded student account payment

Change of Address

Use this service to change your addresses (local and permanent) provided to the Student Directory and used by the Office of the Registrar, Office of Student Financial Aid, Student Accounts Office, Student Loans Office, and other University departments and offices. You may also use this feature to change your directory release information. If you don't have Web access from home, there are numerous labs around campus for your use. PCs are available in the Office of Student Affairs Lobby, UW1 Room 160, and the campus Library.

Important Dates

  • Tuesday, September 26, 2017, late afternoon/early evening: program orientation; please make the necessary arrangements to be able to attend the event. We will send more details, including exact time, as orientation approaches.
  • Wednesday, September 27, 2017: first day of Autumn Quarter
  • Tuesday, October 3, 2017: first day of BCULST 500, 5:45-10:00pm

Student Resources

Please take a few moments to explore the Program Funding section of our website as well as the Additional Resources section of the website where you will our Relocation Guide for graduate students. Finally, all of this information is posted on the Incoming Students: Next Steps page so that you can easily refer back without looking for emails. I will continue to send you emails during the summer in preparation for beginning the program and will always post the important information on this webpage so I’d encourage you to check it regularly.

As you begin preparing for the start of the Cultural Studies program, I’d suggest looking over the Why Cultural Studies? section of the website.  There are some helpful readings, videos, and blogs you may be interested in reviewing as well as some samples of student work from the program. In addition, we have the (optional but very strongly suggested) MACS Pre-Course that will help to prepare you for the program. I’ll be sending out more information on this in July/August.

Feel free to contact the IAS Graduate Office at or 425-352-3406 at any time with questions about the Cultural Studies program or any of these important steps.


Check this page regularly for important updates, announcements, and program information.