Apply Request Info


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 Philosophy. 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 ...

This pathway meets requirements for the Associate of Arts-Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) degree with a concentration in Philosophy. 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 Philosophy program at a four-year college or university. Students in this pathway develop skills in problem solving (understand, analyze complex situations, test taking), analytical thinking (developing and maintaining critical thinking skills, ability to understand different perspectives, apply extra concepts in real world situations, interpret ideas and enrich communication skills, information management (note taking, academic research, outlining, charting), writing (express information in precise manners), read and interpret text.

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Units
Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (LASDTAA) Full time : 6 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.

Sample Schedule and Quarterly To-Do List

90 Units

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 and start at any placement level.

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.

Click to see details

Quarter 1
To-Do List
To-Do List
English Composition I
5 units
Intro to Philosophy
5 units
World Language I or another Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts class
5 units
Quarter 2
To-Do List
To-Do List
Composition II
5 units
Symbolic Logic
5 units
World Language II or elective
5 units
Quarter 3
To-Do List
To-Do List
HEA150 or NUTR&101 or PHYS&114
Choose a course
5 units
Cont. Moral Problems
5 units
World Language III or another elective.
5 units
Quarter 4
To-Do List
To-Do List
  • Update your educational plan and confirm your program of study with your assigned advisor.
  • Contact Philosophy departments at potential universities.
  • Write your personal statement for university applications.
  • Contact instructors for letters of recommendation if needed.
Intro to Bioethics
5 units
General Psychology
5 units
Survey of Env Science
5 units
Quarter 5
To-Do List
To-Do List
  • Apply for financial aid for the upcoming academic year in Winter or Spring quarter to maximize your funding options.
  • Apply to universities or colleges and scholarships.
  • Explore possible philosophy studies internships.
  • Apply for the AA-DTA degree in ctcLink. Check with your assigned advisor to be sure you are meeting degree requirements.
Integrated Studies: PHIL110
Intro to Social Ethics
5 units
Integrated Studies: POLS&202
American Government
5 units
Survey of Physiol. Psych
5 units
Quarter 6
To-Do List
To-Do List
  • Check in with university for transfer plan.
  • Order cap and gown for commencement and join alumni association.
  • Attend on-campus graduation fair and commencement ceremony.
6th-16th Century
5 units
CMST205 or HUM105 or Communication Studies and US Cultures
Choose a course
5 units
Environment Human Rights
5 units

More Information

Tuition and Funding

It's time to apply for Financial Aid for next year by completing
either the FAFSA or the WASFA 2024-25.

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.

Learn more about the estimated cost of attendance and general fees to attend college.

Career Opportunities

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

  • Philosophy Teacher/Professor/Researcher 
  • Lawyer 
  • Banker 
  • Business Professional 
  • Counselor/Social Worker 
  • Non-Profit 
  • Marketing/Public Relations Director 
  • Public Policy Analyst 
  • Consultant 
  • Researcher

A Bachelor’s degree or higher may be required for some careers listed above. For current employment and wage estimates, please visit  

Future Education Opportunities

Once you complete this associates degree, additional education opportunities include, but are not limited to: 

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. Philosophy 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 to find Philosophy programs in Washington state or around the country. 

Additional Information

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.

Area of Study

Social Sciences, Humanities, and Language

Program Contact

Philosophy Program Coordinator
Olga Vishnyakova
Phone: 206-934-7701

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Division
Location: IB 2312
Phone: (206) 934-3709

Brian Palmer

Advising Contact

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

Phone: (206) 934-3658