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 2015 Quarter. Information will also be emailed to students but please check this page for the most up-to-date details.
Save-the-Date for the IAS Grad Outing!
Sunday, September 27th, 11-2pm at Alki Beach
Mark your calendars for the first annual IAS Grad Outing! Graduate students in the three IAS programs, Cultural Studies, Policy Studies, and the MFA, are invited to meet up at Alki Beach in West Seattle for a day of food, sun, and fun. Learn more about Alki here: http://seattletravel.com/activities/alki-beach/. There’s a 2.5 mile stretch of beach and pedestrian walkway, loads of great places to eat, a lighthouse, and beautiful views of the Seattle skyline. Feel free to bring a lunch or grab one at any number of places, then hang out and explore Alki! Note that this is completely optional, so if it’s not your thing, no problem at all, we’ll see you at Orientation on the 29th.
The MACS Pre-Course is now available on Canvas. The course is designed to help you start to develop your educational goals, examine the curriculum, identify available resources, develop strategies to seek support, and begin to familiarize yourself with the web environment that many of your classes will use. The pre-course will also cover many important things that would traditionally be covered at orientation which means that at the orientation on September 29th you will be able focus less on logistics and resources, and instead focus more on engaging with your cohort and the faculty. The course is optional but it's strongly encouraged that you take some time to work through it in preparation of beginning graduate school.
Listserv: All incoming students have now been added to two listservs, one for the MACS 2015 cohort and one for all MACS students. Please refer to the email that was sent for informationn about using these listservs and don't forget to reply to the email to let the Grad Office know you received it.
Current Student Page: The Current Students page has now been updated! Check it out to learn more about students in the program.
MACS Pre-Course: Students, faculty, and staff of the Cultural Studies program have worked hard on our second iteration of the MACS Pre-Course. This course is an optional, but strongly recommended, tool for you to start preparing for your time in graduate school and in the MACS program. It’s strongly encouraged that you all participate as it will ensure that everyone is on a similar page in late September. We’ll be sending out the information on accessing the course soon.
Relocation: If you are moving to the Seattle area or are just looking to move while you’re in school, we encourage you to review our online Relocation Guide for information on housing, area neighborhoods, transportation options, dining and leisure, and more.
Registration: Please be sure to register for BCULST 500: Formations of Cultural Studies and your Autumn Quarter elective before September 28. Registration details are 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 29. 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 C & C at (206) 543-5970.
Before you can register for courses, please fill out the Measles Immunity Verification form (PDF) and return it to the Registrar’s Office per the instructions on the form. There is also additional information available regarding this requirement.
The required course in Autumn Quarter of your first year is BCULST 500 Formations of Cultural Studies (5 credits), taught by Dr. Ron Krabill, 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 email@example.com to discuss.
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 course flyers for details. 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 584A Topics in Media Culture: Media, Race, and Gender
W 5:45 - 10 pm, Harewood, course flyer (pdf); SLN 11135
BCULST 593A Topics in Cultural Studies: Writing the Americas
M 5:45 - 10 pm, Dowling, course flyer (pdf); SLN 11137
BCULST 593B Topics in Cultural Studies: Commercial Sex Work, Sexual Health, and Global Human Rights
W 5:45 - 10 pm, Lerum, course flyer (pdf); SLN 22083
Once you have created your UW NetID, log on to MyUW using your UW NetID and password.
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 22 - September 29). 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.
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 11132, see Time Schedule or note above for the SLNs for the elective options.
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 (such as prerequisites). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
MyUW System Features
Displays your quarterly class schedule in a calendar format. From Personal Services in MyUW, select Visual Schedule from the list of Services.
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.
Important Dates - Orientation, First Class
Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 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 30, 2015: first day of Autumn Quarter
Tuesday, October 6, 2015: first day of BCULST 500, 5:45-10:00pm
Please take a few moments to explore the Program Funding section of our website as well as our Relocation Guide for graduate students. You may also find the Cultural Studies Starting Points to be a helpful place to find readings and resources to begin looking at over the summer prior to the start of the program.
Feel free to contact the IAS Graduate Office at email@example.com or 425-352-3406 at any time with questions about the Cultural Studies program or any of these important steps.