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Communication Studies

Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (LASDTAA)

This pathway meets requirements for the Associate of Arts-Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) degree with a concentration 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 into a ...

This pathway meets requirements for the Associate of Arts-Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) degree with a concentration 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 into a Communication Studies or related major 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.

 

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Units
Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (LASDTAA) Part time : 9 90

You may need more or fewer units depending on your transferred credits, individual situation, and goals.

Before Quarter One

Step 1: Apply and register at North Seattle College anytime (the application is always free). Once you become a student, register for classes using the online class schedule and go to the academic calendar for registration dates and tuition deadlines.

Step 2: See an advisor to create a personalized educational plan by the end of your second quarter. Your plan will include prerequisites, graduation requirements, and transfer preparation if you plan to transfer to another college or university to earn a bachelor's degree.

A sample schedule and quarterly to-do list are below. The schedule and to-do list will help you explore courses and complete tasks on time. The guide assumes a fall quarter start, but you can begin in any quarter.

Note about the sample schedule: Courses are offered in various formats and may not be offered each quarter. Click the button with arrows throughout the map to expand the section and view detailed information.

Sample Schedule and Quarterly To-Do List

90 Units

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Quarter 1
To-Do List
10 UNITS
To-Do List
CMST&101
Intro to Communication
5 units
MATH&107
Math In Society
5 units
Quarter 2
To-Do List
10 UNITS
To-Do List
ENGL&101
English Composition I
5 units
CMST&102
Intro to Mass Media
5 units
Quarter 3
To-Do List
10 UNITS
To-Do List
Integrated Studies: ENGL&102
Composition II
5 units
Integrated Studies: Elective course
5 units
Quarter 4
To-Do List
10 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Update your educational plan and confirm your program of study with your assigned advisor.
  • Research and develop a list of four-year colleges and universities.
CMST&220
Public Speaking
5 units
PSYC&100 or SOC&101 or ANTH&206
Choose a course
5 units
Quarter 5
To-Do List
10 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Attend transfer events at North and universities of interest.
  • Attend campus lectures and forums from the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences division.
  • Consider applying to communication studies internships.
  • Contact Communication Studies departments at potential universities.
ENVS&100
Survey of Env Science
5 units
World Language I or another Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts class that is not a Communication Studies (CMST) class
5 units
Quarter 6
To-Do List
10 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Visit potential universities and determine application deadlines.
  • Contact Communication Studies departments at potential universities.
  • Update your educational plan with your assigned advisor.
  • Apply for financial aid for the upcoming academic year in Winter or Spring quarter to maximize your funding options.
World Language II or another elective
5 units
CMST&210
Interpersonal Com.
5 units
Quarter 7
To-Do List
10 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Write your personal statement for university applications.
  • Explore possible Communication Studies internships.
  • Apply for summer financial aid.
BIOL&100
Survey of Biology
5 units
World Language III or CMST&205
5 units
Quarter 8
To-Do List
10 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Apply for the AA-DTA degree in ctcLink. Check with your assigned advisor to be sure you are meeting degree requirements.
  • Apply to universities or colleges and scholarships.
PSYC&100 or SOC&101 or ANTH&206
Choose a course
5 units
HEA150 or Natural World
Choose a course
5 units
Quarter 9
To-Do List
10 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Check in with university for transfer plan.
CMST&230
Small Group Com.
5 units
PSYC&100 or SOC&101 or Individuals/Cultures/Societies
Choose a course
5 units

More Information

A Communication Studies pathway can lead to various career opportunities. Examples include: 

  • 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/.  

Once you complete the associates 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 a North advisor to create an educational plan tailored to transfer to the institution of your choice. You can use the College Navigator search engine found at http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator to find Communication Studies programs in Washington state or around the country. 

Learn more about the Transfer process, Transfer agreements, and Bachelor’s degrees including transferring to top universities around the state and nation, such as Historically Black Universities and Colleges.

Financial Aid and Funding Resources

It's time to apply for Financial Aid for next year by completing
either the FAFSA or the WASFA 2022-23.

Need help paying for college?

To apply for financial aid, including grants and scholarships you don’t have to pay back, visit North's Financial Aid Department for details. Part-time and full-time students can qualify for financial aid funds.

Area of Study

Social Sciences, Humanities, and Language

Program Contact

Scott Ku, Communication Studies Faculty, scott.ku@seattlecolleges.edu

Advising Contact

Contact the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Languages Area of Study advisor

Phone: (206) 934-3658