Prepare for a major in Journalism Studies by taking recommended courses to fulfill the requirements of a transfer degree.

Journalism involves the gathering, preparing and dissemination of information through a variety of media outlets, such as newspapers, magazines, wire services, websites, radio and television. Students learn skills essential to the practice of journalism, such as writing, interviewing and research, while also gaining knowledge of how news media works and journalistic ethics and best practices. Students learn to look at media critically and study the evolution of journalism in a digital and global communications landscape.

The Associate in Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) is part of Shoreline’s General Transfer program and is designed to meet the first two years of requirements of most four-year degrees.

Completion Award
Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement
Length of Study
90 Credits
Starting Quarter
Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
On Campus

  1. Describe differences and similarities in how people across the globe experience social, cultural, economic, or political systems.
  2. Examine the interactions between societies and individuals.
  3. Apply methods of a specific discipline to interpret an expression of the human experience.
  4. Identify methods scientists use to explain aspects of the natural world.
  5. Use scientific laboratory practices within a field or discipline to investigate a scientific concept.
In addition to the outcomes above, students will gain the skills and knowledge included in Shoreline Student Learning Outcomes (SSLOs): Communication, Critical Thinking, Equity & Social Justice, Information Literacy, and Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning.

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Graduates of Journalism programs go on to work as reporters, editors, videographers, photo-journalists, documentary filmmakers, speech-writers, public-relations specialists, bloggers, grant-writers, researchers, social-media managers, authors of nonfiction books, private investigators and assorted other professions. The skills learned involve gathering and analyzing information, and then presenting it in a clear, fair, engaging manner to an audience. These skills can be applied to almost any field. Potential employers include: newspapers, magazines, TV networks and stations, radio stations, news sites, search-engine news sites, online newsletters, news agencies, public-relations firms, government agencies, colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, private investigation firms and public advocacy groups.

Estimated Tuition & Fees

(does not include additional program or course fees, books, or supply costs)

Per Quarter
WA-Resident Non-WA resident,
US citizen, &
Eligible non-citizen

On Campus
Non-WA resident
Non-US citizen¹
Non-WA resident, US citizen
Online Only
1 credit $145.17  $245.71  $339.54 $162.51
5 credits $673.85  $1,176.57  $1,645.70  $760.55
12 credits (full-time) $1,462.52  $2,476.40 $3,422.10  $1,637.76
15 credits $1,641.05 $2,667.59  $3,624.45 $1,819.05

¹ Includes all International Students, both on campus and overseas online

Additional Fees
Approximately $20 - $120 per quarter, depending on courses selected

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