Communication Studies

Communication Studies

Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (LASDTAA)

This pathway is designed to meet Associate in Arts degree requirements with a concentration in Communication Studies. Students pursuing this pathway explore the complex world of communications, its dynamics, and its impact on contemporary societies and cultures. It also allows you to transfer at the junior ...

This pathway is designed to meet Associate in Arts degree requirements with a concentration in Communication Studies. Students pursuing this pathway explore the complex world of communications, its dynamics, and its impact on contemporary societies and cultures. It also allows you to transfer at the junior level into a communications program at a four-year college or university. This degree provides students with foundational knowledge in public speaking, media, digital communication, and human relations. In this pathway, you’ll take courses in public speaking, multicultural communication, and media communication and criticism. You’ll also learn how to assess the needs and preferences of readers, viewers, and listeners as well as communicate information to diverse audiences effectively, with specific goals in mind. The career choices for communications professionals are incredibly diverse, mostly because so many industries rely on these workers to get their message across effectively to the media, the public and their other business interests. If you want to improve your speaking and listening skills, or you want to turn your strong communication skills into a career, a degree in communication studies could be right for you!

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 South 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.

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 Units

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Quarter 1
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Schedule an appointment with your advisor in Starfish to meet and discuss your goals. 
  • Explore careers and majors through workshops, counseling, and WorkSource career services
  • Visit the Library to get help with research; check out resources; access computers and study space; and create media projects. 
  • Visit the Tutoring Center to learn about tutoring services offered in-person and online. 
  • Get involved on campus! Check out some of the resources, clubs and activities available to you through Student Life and TRiO, RST, and more! 
ENGL&101
English Composition I
5 units
CMST&101
Introduction to Comm
5 units
Foreign Language I
5 units
Quarter 2
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Create an educational plan with your advisor. 
  • Research and develop a list of four-year colleges and universities. 
  • Attend transfer workshops and/or a transfer fair. Find more information on our Transfer Resources page. 
  • Apply for financial aid for the upcoming school year in Fall or early Winter Quarter to maximize your funding options. 
  • Visit South’s transfer webpage for transfer information.  
ENGL&102
Composition II
5 units
CMST205
Multicultural Comm
5 units
Foreign Language II
5 units
Quarter 3
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Update your educational plan with your assigned advisor. 
  • Attend a resume building or career workshop. 
  • Connect with potential universities (virtually or in person) and determine application deadlines. 
  • Research and apply for scholarships
CMST&220
Public Speaking
5 units
NUTR&101
Nutrition
5 units
Foreign Language III
5 units
Quarter 4
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Update your educational plan with your advisor. 
  • Attend transfer workshops, including a personal statement workshop. 
  • Write your personal statement. 
  • Build relationships with faculty and staff at South to learn more about your pathway and future opportunities. 
  • Apply to universities or colleges and scholarships. 
POLS&203
International Relations
5 units
ENV150
Environmntl Issues/Probl
5 units
CMST&210 or CMST&230
Choose a course
5 units
Quarter 5
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Apply for financial aid for the upcoming school year in Fall or early Winter Quarter to maximize your funding options. 
  • Apply to universities or colleges and scholarships. 
  • Explore internships in your major/career. 
  • Apply for graduation for your degree. 
BIOL&100
Survey of Biology
5 units
MATH&107 or MATH&146
Choose a course
5 units
CMST245 or CMST275
Choose a course
5 units
Quarter 6
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Check in with your university for transfer planning.
  • Order cap and gown for commencement and join alumni association.
  • Attend commencement ceremony.
PSYC&100
General Psychology
5 units
SOC150
Race & Ethnic Relations In US
5 units
CMST245 or CMST275
Choose a course
5 units

More Information

  • Advertising
  • Promotions
  • Social Media
  • Corporate Training
  • Broadcasting
  • Sales
  • Public Relations
  • Recruiting
  • Sportscasting
  • Customer Service
  • Event Planning

A bachelor’s degree or higher degree may be required for some careers listed above. For current employment and wage estimates, please visit the following online resources and search for the relevant occupational term:

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

  • A bachelor’s degree in communications or a related field at a four-year college or university.
  • A Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree at one of the Seattle Colleges.

South Seattle College has direct transfer agreements with four-year institutions throughout Washington state, including University of Washington, Washington State University and Seattle University. Graduates from South 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.

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 South'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

College Transfer Division 

Division staff will answer your questions or make the right connections for you to learn more about our transfer degrees and pathways.

Location:  
University Center (UNI 101)   

Phone: 
206.934.6600 

Email: collegetrnsfr.south@seattlecolleges.edu  

Advising Contact

New Students: Please visit the Welcome Center website for help with the Steps to Enroll or to meet with the Welcome Center team. 

Current Students: Please see your primary advisor to create an educational plan. If you need assistance getting connected to the appropriate advisor, visit the Advising Center website