Advising Resources

Portfolio and Capstone Advising

There are two formal advisory roles in the Cultural Studies program:

  1. the Portfolio Advisor (PA), selected from one of the core or affiliated Cultural Studies faculty and assigned to you at the start of the Autumn quarter of Year 1;
  2. the Capstone Advisor (CA), who will be identified in Spring Quarter of Year 1, based on your three ranked choices, faculty availability/advising loads, and goodness of fit.

While these two people will be responsible for meeting with you regularly (at least once a quarter) and for reviewing and evaluating your portfolio and capstone, it is expected that you will also seek informal advising from other faculty members, fellow students, library and media center staff, the IAS Grad Office, and any community collaborators.

For more information on Portfolio Advising, please visit Portfolio Guidelines.

For more information on Capstone Advising, please visit Capstone Guidelines.


The PA and CA will play critical and clearly-defined roles in your experience and in your progress through the program, but a significant degree of less formalized advising is built into the program structure. The structure and content of the core courses are designed to address questions, skills, concerns and development at each stage of portfolio and capstone development. Faculty within and across the sequence of core courses will be significant advising resources. You are also encouraged to reach out across the UW for faculty and staff resources that correspond to your special interests and career goals. Please see this page for a list of current Cultural Studies faculty.


There are professional staff at the campus library who specialize in assisting graduate students in their research. Check out this list of subject librarians available to help.

Writing & Communication Center (WACC)

The Writing & Communication Center (WACC) offers invaluable feedback and advice to students on all stages of the writing process. IAS students often schedule recurring meetings with advisors to improve their assignments, final projects, and presentations. Additionally, graduate students are the only types of students who can schedule longer appointments at two-hours long.

Career Services

Careers Services provides professional development resources specific to graduate students, including career exploration and planning and skills development in resumes, networking, Interviewing, and more. You can make an appointment, come to our drop-in hours, or attend a Professional Development Seminar. 

Community Collaborators

In many cases, community collaborators- those directly engaged with your projects and those affiliated with Cultural Studies and UW Bothell- are a vital source of advice, strategy, and feedback. Making use of these resources can help ensure your success in the program and enhance the quality and relevance of your work. Reach out to the Alumni and Community Relations Manager assist you in locating networking opportunities.


The cohort design of the program is intended to facilitate a genuine exchange of ideas among students, and to foster meaningful collaborative and peer review relationships within each student cohort. Therefore, you will be significant advising resources for each other, as well as providing an array of perspectives on ideas, problems, and strategies.

IAS Graduate Office

The IAS Graduate Office also provides several other important advising resources, including information about UW Graduate School policies and procedures, registering for courses at other UW campuses, and matters not related directly to the Cultural Studies curriculum and portfolio.

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center provides numerous services to meet the needs of students, parents, faculty, and staff. Counseling Center offers confidential, short-term counseling to enrolled UWB and Cascadia students free of charge. We offer same day crisis appointments, individual counseling, group counseling and couples counseling.