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World Languages

About the World Languages Pathway 

This pathway meets requirements for the Associate of Arts-Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) with an emphasis in World Languages/Linguistics. 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're still meeting AA degree requirements.

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

Students in this pathway develop skills in verbal communication; analysis and research; multicultural awareness; basic computer skills such as typing and using a computer in different languages, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint; group communication and collaboration; interpersonal communication; and language acquisition.

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.  

World Languages Full-time program map

World Languages Part-time program map

Career Opportunities

  • Interpreter
  • Educator
  • Community Advocate
  • Translator
  • Healthcare and Legal field professions
  • Trades
  • Foreign Service

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 Associate degree, additional education opportunities include:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics or specific World Languages that apply to your area of interest or another 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.

*Students who take 15 credits each quarter earn their degree faster, qualify for more financial aid, and earn more money over their lifetime because they complete their schooling faster.

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.