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2018-2019 College Catalog 
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Communication Studies Pre-Major, AA-DTA Planning Guide

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Where does my path start?

You will complete an Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) at Shoreline.

Use the AA -DTA Degree Planning Guide, with this sheet, to understand the requirements for graduation.

Once you complete your Shoreline degree, you can transfer to a four-year school to earn a baccalaureate degree in a communication field. Note that some related four-year programs may not be called “Communication Studies” or even include the word “communication.”

Communication is also an excellent major for graduate studies in humanities, social sciences, business, law, medicine, social justice, and education.

Where can I go for help?

Communication Studies Faculty Advisors

Mimi Harvey
206-546-4796 mharvey@shoreline.edu Rm 5321
Brooke Zimmers
206-546-4795 bzimmers@shoreline.edu Rm 5320
Elena Esquibel
206-546-6987 eesquibel@shoreline.edu Rm 5324

General Academic Advising

FOSS (5000) Building, Rm. 5229

Career Planning


International Advising

9000 Building, Rm. 9302

Where can I transfer and what does my chosen four-year school require?

Before choosing classes, become familiar with the four-year program where you want to apply: visit the website, email the department, and/or speak with a Shoreline advisor. Below are examples from Washington schools with different admissions and graduation requirements. Check with the school for world language requirements. (Non-native speakers of English are often exempt from this requirement.)

School Transfer Information
Central Washington University http://www.cwu.edu/admissions/transfer-admission-criteria
Eastern Washington University https://www.ewu.edu/apply/transfer/
Gonzaga University http://tinyurl.com/7c9d6xh
Pacific Lutheran University https://www.plu.edu/admission-transfer/
Seattle Pacific University http://spu.edu/undergraduate-admissions/apply/transfer-students
Seattle University http://tinyurl.com/z3kjpcm
The Evergreen State College http://tinyurl.com/zhyjy3s
University of Puget Sound http://tinyurl.com/h7yqx8s
University of Washington - Bothell https://www.uwb.edu/admissions/apply/transfer
University of Washington - Seattle https://admit.washington.edu/Apply/Transfer/
University of Washington - Tacoma http://www.tacoma.uw.edu/admissions/transfer-admission
Walla Walla University http://tinyurl.com/z5a4h8p
Washington State University http://tinyurl.com/jk3a2v2
Western Washington University http://www.wwu.edu/vtc/
Whitworth University http://tinyurl.com/zcdww66

What courses should I take?

This unofficial guide is intended to support you as you prepare for your major. Please consult with an advisor and your chosen four-year school(s), as program and admissions requirements vary and may change without notice.

General Education Requirements - 20 Credits

Multicultural Understanding (5 Credits)

Select one of the following courses:

ART 105 , CMST 203 , CMST 285 , GWS 284 , HIST 245 , MCS 105 . Recommended: CMST 285 .

Strongly recommended:

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)

Choose one of the following classes:

MATH& 107 , MATH 111 , MATH& 141 , MATH& 142 , MATH& 146 , MATH& 148 , MATH& 151 , MATH& 152 , MATH& 163 , MATH 207 , MATH 208 , MATH 211 , MATH& 264 , PHIL& 120 . Recommended:  MATH& 146 .

* Students planning to transfer to the University of Washington must consult Math Advising, mathadvising@shoreline.edu.

Distribution Requirements - 45 Credits

Humanities (15 Credits)

Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g., Art and Drama) in Humanities . Maximum of 5 credits allowed in Performance/Skills courses. No more than 5 credits in a world language at the 100 level. Recommended: CMST 140 , CMST& 210 , CMST& 230 , CMST 244  CMST 245  CMST 247  CMST 285  (if not used above), DRMA& 101 , any Literature class.

Strongly Recommended:

Selected Courses:

Natural Sciences (15 credits)

Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g.Biology and Physics) in Natural Sciences . At least 10 credits required in Physical, Earth, and/or Biological Sciences, including at least 5 credits of lab science. Maximum 5 credits from Other Science courses.

Social Sciences (15 Credits)

Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g., Psychology and History) in Social Sciences . Recommended: Anthropology, Economics, History, Political science, Psychology, Gender studies, and Sociology.

Strongly Recommended:

Selected courses:

General Electives - Minimum 25 Credits

What is Communication Studies?

Communication Studies is an academic field that encompasses a wide range of areas, including interpersonal, small group, public speaking, and multicultural communication. U.S. programs in communication studies often include organizational, interpersonal, intercultural and critical cultural, and mass communication; rhetoric; advertising; human relations; journalism; film criticism; theater and performance studies; media studies; and radio, television, and film production.

Contemporary issues in Communication Studies: Interpersonal relations; conflict management; marriage and family; social networking; mediated communication; social justice (class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, age, race, ethnicity); intercultural relations; small group dynamics; public health; storytelling; public relations; and ethics.

What can I do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies?

Graduates of Communication Studies can be found in a variety of fields such as academia, media production, human and public relations, journalism, health occupations, non-government organizations, politics, marketing, sports and music industries, and publicity.

Potential employers include: Federal, state, and local government agencies, public advocacy organizations, private foundations, non-profit organizations, labor unions, industries and corporations. For more, please visit http://www.shoreline.edu/counseling-center/career-counseling.aspx.

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