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Communication Studies

Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (LASDTAA)

This two-year pathway is designed for students who wish to complete an Associate of Arts – Direct Transfer Agreement degree with a concentration in Communication Studies. Students in this program develop skills in verbal communication, analysis and research, multicultural awareness, mediated communication and technical literacy, audience analysis, group communication and ...

This two-year pathway is designed for students who wish to complete an Associate of Arts – Direct Transfer Agreement degree with a concentration in Communication Studies. Students in this program develop skills in verbal communication, analysis and research, multicultural awareness, mediated communication and technical literacy, audience analysis, group communication and collaboration, interpersonal communication, leadership, and facilitation. 

Completion of this program allows students to transfer at the junior level into a Communications Studies, Media & Communications, Journalism, or a related program at a four-year college or university. It also opens doors to a variety of careers in sectors including non-profit, business, government, healthcare, entertainment, and education. Program and admissions requirements vary from college-to-college. Contact a Central advisor to create an educational plan tailored to transfer to the institution of your choice.

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Units
Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (LASDTAA) Full time : 6 90-93

Before Quarter One

Before You Start

Step 1: Apply and register at Seattle Central 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: Classes are offered in various formats such as online (e-learning) 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

90-93 Units

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Quarter 1
To-Do List
18 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Schedule an appointment with your assigned advisor in Starfish to discuss your academic goals and to create a short-term educational plan
  • Visit the Learning Support and Tutoring Center for tutoring
  • Explore careers and majors: workshops, counseling and Career Exploration Center
  • Drop by the Library to get help with research; check out resources; access computers and study space; and create media projects
ENGL&101
English Composition I
5 units
CMST&101
Introduction to Communication
5 units
Individuals/Cultures/Societies
Choose a Course
5 units
HDC101
Orientation to College
3 units
Quarter 2
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Create an educational plan with your assigned advisor
  • Research and develop a list of four-year colleges and universities
  • Attend transfer workshops and a transfer fair
  • Apply for the Seattle Colleges Foundation Scholarship and other scholarships
  • Meet with a Communications faculty during their posted office hours to discuss possible careers and academic opportunities
ENGL&102
Composition II
5 units
CMST&220 or Visual, Literary and Perf Arts
Choose a course
5 units
Individuals/Cultures/Societies
Choose a Course
5 units
Quarter 3
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Check with transfer institutions’ planning resources for core communications courses required for major
  • Attend Undergraduate Research Festival at University of Washington (occurs annually in Spring)
  • Consider Student Leadership positions and other on-campus jobs
  • Visit potential universities and determine application deadlines
  • Meet with Transfer Center advisor to determine transfer eligibility
Quantitative/SymbolicReasoning
Choose a Course
5 units
CMST&210 or Visual, Literary and Perf Arts
Choose a course
5 units
Individuals/Cultures/Societies
Choose a Course
5 units
Quarter 4
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Create long-term educational plan with your assigned advisor
  • Research and contact Communications departments at potential universities
  • Attend transfer workshops and a transfer fair
  • Attend transfer day at prospective university
  • Write your personal statement for university applications
  • Check in with Communications faculty during their posted office hours regarding possible careers and academic opportunities
Natural World Lab Science
Choose a Course
5 units
World Languages 1 or CMST205 or Visual, Literary and Perf Arts
Choose a course
5 units
Individuals/Cultures/Societies
Choose a Course
5 units
Quarter 5
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Apply to universities or colleges and scholarships
  • Plan to participate in the transfer student events at prospective universities
  • Apply for FAFSA or WASFA at transfer university
Natural World
Choose a Course
5 units
World Languages 2 or CMST&102 or Visual, Literary and Perf Arts
Choose a course
5 units
Individuals/Cultures/Societies
Choose a Course
5 units
Quarter 6
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List
Natural World
Choose a Course
5 units
World Languages 3 or Visual, Literary and Perf Arts
Choose a course
5 units
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 
  • Health Communication  
  • 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/(https://www.bls.gov.oes/)

To discuss additional careers options, speak with faculty once you begin classes or contact the Career Exploration Center. CareerServicesCenter@seattlecolleges.edu (mail to: CareerServicesCenter@seattlecollegesu.edu) or 206.934.4383. 

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.

Seattle Central 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 Central have also transferred to out-of-state institutions. Program and admissions requirements vary from college-to-college. Contact a Central 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 Central'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

For more information, contact
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Division
206.934.4164
AHSS.Central@seattlecolleges.edu

Advising Contact

Advising hours and services: seattlecentral.edu/campus-life/student-support-and-services/transfer-and-career-advising/meet-advisor

Schedule phone and Zoom appointments: Starfish

Email and phone: AdvisorCentral@seattlecolleges.edu/ 206.934.4068/ 206.934.4068

Location: Broadway Campus BE1102D