Communication Studies

About the Communication Studies Pathway 

This pathway meets requirements for the Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) degree with an emphasis in Communication Studies. This sample schedule assumes a fall start. If you wish to take alternate courses not listed below please meet with a North advisor to confirm you are still meeting AA-DTA degree requirements.

This pathway meets requirements for the Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) degree with an emphasis in Communication Studies. Completion of this degree opens doors to a variety of careers in sectors including non-profit, business, government, entertainment, and education. It also allows you to transfer at the junior level into a Communication Studies program at a four-year college or university.

Students in this pathway develop skills in verbal communication, analysis and research, multicultural awareness, computer and technical literacy, audience analysis, group communication and collaboration, interpersonal communication, leadership and facilitation. Competencies in these areas consistently rank at the top of employer wish lists.

Associate Transfer Degrees

Associate Transfer Degrees: Two-year transfer degrees let you take your freshman and sophomore classes at Seattle Colleges for a fraction of the cost, and then transfer to a four-year university with the skills and confidence to succeed. Be sure to work with a transfer advisor at Seattle Colleges and the four-year institution you plan to attend.

Depending on your program pathway, you can earn either an Associate of Fine Arts, Associate of Arts (AA-DTA), Associate in Business (AB-DTA), or Associate of Science (AS), general, Track 1 or Track 2.

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Program Pathway Map 

Program Pathways are a series of courses and experiences carefully selected to help you earn your credential and prepare for your career or university transfer.  Program Pathway Maps guide you through quarter-by-quarter coursework, indicate when you’ll need to complete important steps, and describe popular careers in this pathway.  Some course sequences or recommended courses can be customized or adjusted by speaking with an advisor.

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Full-Time Map Part-Time Map

Career Opportunities

  • Advertising executive
  • Corporate Communications Manager 
  • Editor
  • Education, Teacher or Corporate Trainer
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Journalism, TV production, Radio
  • Marketing executive
  • Media Planner/Social Media Manager 
  • Meeting/Event Planner
  • Public Relations Specialist

A Bachelor's degree or higher may be required for some careers listed above. For current employment and wage estimates, please visit https://www.bls.gov/oes/.

Future Education Opportunities

Once you complete the AA-DTA degree, additional education opportunities include: 

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Communication/Communication Studies, Media & Communications, Journalism, or a related field at a four-year college or university. 
  • A Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree at one of the Seattle Colleges.

North Seattle College has direct transfer agreements with four-year institutions throughout Washington state, including the University of Washington, Washington State University, and Seattle University. Communication Studies graduates from North have also transferred to out-of-state institutions. 

Program and admissions requirements vary from college-to-college. Contact an advisor to create an educational plan tailored to transfer to the institution of your choice. 

Length of Program

90 credits = 6 quarters if you take 15 credits each term.

Which Quarter Can I Begin?

Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer.

Class Times/Delivery Modes?

North offers courses on-campus in the day, evenings, online, or hybrid (part on-campus, part online), and occasional Saturdays. Check the class schedule for the latest offerings.

Approximate Costs Each Quarter

Full-Time
Tuition………………………………………………………….........………….............…………....$1555 (WA State residents)
Tuition………………………………………………………….........………….............…………....$3297.95 (International students)
Books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees……………………………....................$475

Part-Time
Tuition………………………………………………………….........………….............…………....$1282.60 (WA State residents)
Books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees……………………………....................$475

 

Tuition based on WA resident rates. Rates for international students and non-residents may vary.

All students in need should apply for financial aid – do not assume you are not eligible! Visit https://northseattle.edu/financial-aid to learn more about the application steps and types of financial aid available, including grants and scholarships you don’t have to pay back. You do not need to be a full-time student to receive financial aid funds.