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2018-2019 College Catalog 
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Creative Writing 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 Creative Writing.

Where can I go for help?

Creative Writing Faculty Advisors

Gary Parks
206-546-4785 Rm 5313
Davis Oldham
206-546-4768 Rm 5335
Neal Vasishth
206-546-4736 Rm 5344

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
Eastern Washington University
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle University
University of Puget Sound
University of Washington - Seattle
Washington State University
Western Washington University

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 - 20 Credits

Courses used in General Education (Gen Ed) Core may not be used for distribution.

Multicultural Understanding (5 Credits)

Choose one of the following courses:

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

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  

* Students planning to transfer to the University of Washington must consult Math Advising,

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: World Language if required for university admission or graduation.

Courses Selected:

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 .

General Electives - Minimum 25 Credits

Comprised of other college-level courses or unrestricted courses. A maximum of 15 credits allowed for restricted/vocational courses, and a maximum of 3 credits allowed in Physical Education. Please see the lists of Restricted Electives  and Elective Courses (Non-restricted) . Recommended: ENGL& 111 , ENGL& 112 , ENGL& 113 ENGL 154  ,ENGL& 220  ,ENGL& 226 , ENGL& 227 , ENGL& 228 ENGL 229 , ENGL& 244 , ENGL& 245 , ENGL& 246 ENGL 247 , ENGL 248 , ENGL 257 , ENGL 272 , ENGL 282 , ENGL 287 , ENGL 288 , ENGL 289 , ENGL 295 , ENGL 298 , World Language if required for university admission or graduation.

What is Creative Writing?

Creative writing, as an art form, encourages the written expression of human thoughts, feelings and ideas. Through reading and analysis of great literary artists, creative writing taps the imagination and talent of writers using various genres, narrative strategies, literary styles, and poetic verse.

Areas of Study in Creative Writing: Poetry, Short Stories, Essays, Playwriting, Screenplays, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Memoirs, Biographies, Travel Writing, and Literary Critique.

What can I do with a Bachelor’s Degree in English/Creative Writing?

Students who major in English/Creative Writing develop a broad range of skills that transfer into multiple careers to include: journalism, technical writing, freelance writing, editing, advertising, publishing, sales, marketing, publicity, promotion, public relations, media relations, business and industry, fiction, poetry and non-fiction.

Potential employers include: Magazines, Newspapers, and other publishing companies, broadcast media companies (television, radio and film industry), government agencies, public and private schools, colleges and universities, libraries, museums, non-profit organizations, advertising agencies, public relations firms, businesses and corporations. For more, please visit

Shoreline Community College

16101 Greenwood Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133-5696

(206) 546-4101

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