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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 degree with an emphasis in Social Work.  Students in this pathway will focus on a combination of sociology and psychology courses.  This is a flexible major that will allow students to tailor ...

This two-year pathway is designed for students who wish to complete an Associate of Arts – Direct Transfer degree with an emphasis in Social Work.  Students in this pathway will focus on a combination of sociology and psychology courses.  This is a flexible major that will allow students to tailor their course work to their interests.  Students who complete this pathway will be ready to enter a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work program. 

Completion of this program is designed to prepare students for transferring into a Social Work major at a four-year college or university and satisfy prerequisite requirements for students entering a Social Work or related major. 

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 and college placement, but you can begin in any quarter and start at any placement level.

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

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
ENGL&101
English Composition I
5 units
SOC&101
Introduction to Sociology
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
PSYC&100
General Psychology
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

  • 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
MATH&107
Math In Society
5 units
CMST&101 or CMST&220
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 Social Work departments at potential universities
  • Attend transfer workshops and a transfer fair
  • Attend transfer day at prospective university
  • Write your personal statement for university applications
Natural World Lab Science
Choose a Course
5 units
AME102 or AME150 or AME151
Choose a course
5 units
HUM105
Intercultural Communication
5 units
Quarter 5
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List

To-Do List for Quarter5

  • Apply to universities or colleges and scholarships
  • Look for summer internships such as Research Experience for Undergraduates (REUs).
  • 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)
Natural World
Choose a Course
5 units
PSYC245 or PSYC210
Choose a course
5 units
SOC215 or SOC220
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
AME102 or AME150 or AME151
Choose a course
5 units
Visual, Literary and Perf Arts
Choose a Course
5 units

More Information

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

  • Sociologist
  • Market Analyst
  • Behavioral Analyst
  • Teacher
  • Statistician
  • Data Scientist
  • Criminologist
  • Probation Officer
  • Social Service Manager
  • 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/.  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, additional education opportunities include:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Counseling, or a related field at a four-year college or university.
  • A Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree at one of the Seattle Colleges. BAS degrees are typically terminal degrees. See an Advisor for more information. 

Seattle Central College has direct transfer agreements with four-year institutions throughout Washington state, including University of Washington, Washington State University and Seattle University. Social Work 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 Social Work 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

Education and Human Services

Advising Contact

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