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Ethnic 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 Ethnic Studies. Students in this pathway develop skills in data analysis, research design, oral and written communication, group communication and collaboration, and become adept in diversity, ...

This two-year pathway is designed for students who wish to complete an Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement degree with a concentration in Ethnic Studies. Students in this pathway develop skills in data analysis, research design, oral and written communication, group communication and collaboration, and become adept in diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Completion of this program allows students to transfer at the junior level into an Ethnic Studies program at a four-year college or university. It also opens doors to a variety of careers in sectors including international relations/law, non-profits, museums/zoos, education, government, health care, tourism, and business. 

Many of the courses on this pathway contribute to the Equity and Social Justice Emphasis. Students who receive the required number of Equity and Social Justice courses will receive a notation on their transcript. Please see an advisor to learn more about the Equity and Social Justice Emphasis.

Estimated Length of Completion

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

Sample Schedule and Quarterly To-Do List

90-93 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.

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.

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.

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.

Before Quarter One

Before You Start

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Quarter 1
To-Do List
18 UNITS
To-Do List

To-Do List for Quarter1

  • 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
  • Drop by the Library to get help with research; check out resources; access computers and study space; and create media projects
  • Explore Learning Communities options
ENGL&101
English Composition I
5 units
Pick one from the following list
Choose a course
5 units
World Languages 1 or Visual, Literary and Perf Arts
Choose a course
5 units
HDC101
Orientation to College
3 units
Quarter 2
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List

To-Do List for Quarter2

ENGL&102
Composition II
5 units
Pick one from the following list
Choose a course
5 units
World Languages 2 or Visual, Literary and Perf Arts
Choose a course
5 units
Quarter 3
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List

To-Do List for Quarter3

MATH&107 or MATH116 or MATH&146
Choose a course
5 units
Pick one from the following list
Choose a course
5 units
World Languages 3 or Visual, Literary and Perf Arts
Choose a course
5 units
Quarter 4
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List

To-Do List for Quarter4

  • Create long-term educational plan with your assigned advisor
  • Research and contact Ethnic Studies departments at potential universities
  • Attend transfer workshops and a transfer fair
  • Attend transfer day at prospective university
  • Write your personal statement for university applications
  • Explore Learning Communities options
Natural World Lab Science
Choose a Course
5 units
Pick one from the following list
Choose a course
5 units
Visual, Literary and Perf Arts or Individuals/Cultures/Societies
Choose a course
5 units
Quarter 5
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List

To-Do List for Quarter5

  • 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
  • Ask for letters of recommendation (if needed)
  • Explore Learning Communities options
Natural World
Choose a Course
5 units
Pick one from the following list
Choose a course
5 units
Visual, Literary and Perf Arts or Individuals/Cultures/Societies
Choose a course
5 units
Quarter 6
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List

To-Do List for Quarter6

Natural World
Choose a Course
5 units
Pick one from the following list
Choose a course
5 units
Visual, Literary and Perf Arts or Individuals/Cultures/Societies
Choose a course
5 units

More Information

An Ethnic Studies pathway can lead to various career opportunities. Examples include: 

  • Child advocacy
  • Health advocacy
  • Education
  • Community Organizing
  • Human rights
  • Disability rights
  • Environmental justice
  • Human services
  • Law and criminal justice
  • Healthcare
  • Business

A variety of organizations value employees with this education:

  • National, State, and Local Government 
  • Youth Programs
  • Community Organizations
  • National Park Service
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • International organizations
  • Think tanks
  • Religious institutions
  • Law firms (and law schools)

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/.  To discuss additional careers options, speak with faculty once you begin classes or contact the Career Exploration Center. CareerServicesCenter@seattlecolleges.edu or 206.934.4383 

Once you complete this Associate degree degree, additional education opportunities include:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in  Ethnic Studies, Anthropology, Communication, Gender Studies, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, International Studies, Journalism, Political Science, Psychology, Social Welfare, Sociology, or other related field.
  • A Bachelor of Applied Sciences (BAS) degree at one of the Seattle Colleges
  • A Bachelor of Arts in American Indian Studies at the University of Washington

Seattle Central College has direct transfer agreements with four-year institutions throughout Washington state, including University of Washington, Washington State University and Seattle University. Ethnic Studies graduates from Central 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. You can use the College Navigator search engine found at http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator to find Ethnic 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 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