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World Languages (ASL, Japanese and Spanish)


Associate in Integrated Studies – DTA

Area of Interest:

Communication, Creative Arts and Design

Program Length:

90 College-level Credits


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Coursework may be completed through a combination of in-person web enhanced (face-to-face), hybrid, and online modes, though not every course is offered in the same modality each quarter. Specific courses may be offered at certain times of the year. Consult the current Class Schedule.


Many courses at Cascadia College have placement prerequisites for reading, writing and math ability. The courses that you will place into determine how you progress through your pathway and how long your degree will take. There are a variety of ways to find your English and Math placement level.

Find your placement options.

Math Notes:

You will need to consult with an academic advisor after placement to be sure to enroll in a course that is consistent with your planned course of study. 

You will need to complete one college-level math course that is 100-level, or higher. You will usually choose to complete MATH& 107 Math in Society. Additional math courses may be needed, depending on the entering math placement level and potential math requirements at the transfer institution.


If you have any questions about this pathway, contact:

Planning Your Courses: 

Advisors are here for you. Academic Advisors will help you develop the skills to make sound academic decisions. Through advising, Advisors will support you to make connections between academic interests, long-term goals, and career opportunities. Advisors help with educational planning, university transfer options, college application processes, and graduation requirements. You will have touchpoints with Advisors to ensure you are on track to success. Connect with the Advising, Career, and Transfer team!

The Annual Course Planning Guide shows Cascadia’s tentative plan for classes and the quarters in which they are offered. It is intended for planning purposes only and should not be considered a guarantee of class offerings. Actual quarterly sections may be changed, added, or removed. Students should use the Searchable Quarterly Class Schedule to see up to date class offerings.


0-30 credits

  • COLL 101 College Strategies  
  • ENGL& 101 English Composition I 
  • ENGL& 102 Composition II 
  • MATH& 107 Math in Society 
  • World Language Level 1 & 2
    • Recommended: 
      • JAPN& 121 Japanese I and JAPN& 122 Japanese II OR
      • SPAN& 121 Spanish I and SPAN& 122 Spanish II OR
      • ASL& 121 American Sign Language/ASL& 122 American Sign Language II 

30-60 credits

  • CMST 150 Multicultural Communication 
  • Choose two Natural Science Distribution Requirement (View Choice Classes
  • Social Science Distribution Requirement (View Choice Classes)
  • World Language Level 3 (Recommended: JAPN& 123 Japanese III or SPAN& 123 Spanish III or *ASL& 123 American Sign Language III)  
  • World Language Level 4 (JAPN& 221 Japanese IV or SPAN& 221 Spanish IV)  

*ASL isn’t offered pass level 3 please see choice classes below or choose to take the other levels at another college.

60-90 credits

  • *Choose two Social Science Distribution Requirement (View Choice Classes
  • *Humanities Distribution Requirement (View Choice Classes
  • Natural Science Lab Distribution Requirement (View Choice Classes
  • World Language 5 (JAPN& 222 Japanese V or SPAN& 222 Spanish V) 
  • World Language Level 6 (JAPN & 223 Japanese VI or SPAN& 223 Spanish VI)  
  • *If not already completed, be sure to complete EDP requirements by taking a class numbered 150, an additional EDP class and an IL (View Choice Classes).

Choice Classes: Distribution and Elective Requirements - Explore and align your interests. 

The recommended choice classes listed below were thoughtfully chosen to help you gain the necessary skills in this pathway. You are welcome to choose other choice classes outside the recommended list, but consult with an academic advisor to be sure that the classes meet the specific requirements for this pathway.

150 Equity, Diversity, and Power (10 credits)

To meet the Equity, Diversity, and Power completion requirement, you must complete one 150-series EDP course, and at least one additional EDP-designated course for a total of ten (10) credits. EDP courses in the 150-series ground students in the needed cognitive tools and background to critically analyze their position in our increasingly interconnected, complex, and diverse world so they can pursue further study and seek out their careers more intentionally. EDP designated courses may also apply toward Humanities, Social Science, Natural Science, or General Elective distribution requirements as indicated.

Choose one:

  • CMST 150 Multicultural Communication
  • GS 150 Globalization, Culture and Identity
  • HIST 150 Cultural Diversity and Challenges in United States History
  • HUMAN 150 Introduction to Cultural Studies
  • SOC 150 Social Inequality

Choose one additional course designated in EDP in any distribution area by choosing from the choice classes below or checking the current class schedule for additional EDP designated courses.

Integrated Learning (5 credits)

You will include an Integrated Learning Experience in your course selections. This requirement can be satisfied through the completion of learning communities, linked classes, classes containing formal community-based learning, classes taken as part of an academic study abroad program, or classes with an academic internship. Through Learning Communities (LC) or other Integrated Learning Experiences (IL), you will demonstrate abilities to integrate skills, concepts, information, and analytical and methodological frameworks from two or more areas of inquiry in a purposeful project or experience.

For more information please see Integrated Learning and current learning communities.


Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines with a maximum of 10 credits from 1 discipline.  No more than 5 credits from those courses designated as performance/skills, applied theory or lecture/studio courses. Only 5 credits of world language at the 100 level may be included. 


  • CMST 251 Intercultural Communication
  • DRMA& 101 Introduction to Theatre
  • DRMA 151 Introduction to Acting
  • ENGL& 111 Introduction to Literature
  • GS 150 Globalization, Culture and Identity
  • GS 230 Contemporary Japan
  • MUSC& 105 Music Appreciation
  • MUSC 130 Popular Music in the United States

Social Sciences:

Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines with a maximum of 10 credits from 1 discipline.


  • POLS& 101 Introduction to Political Science  
  • POLS& 203 International Relations 
  • PSYC& 200  Lifespan Psychology

Natural Sciences:

Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines with a maximum of 10 credits from 1 discipline, including at least 5 credits of a LAB course. At least 10 credits required in physical, earth and/or biological sciences. Only 5 credits of Mathematics may be used.

Lab Science Recommended:

  • ATMS 101 The Science of Weather    
  • BIOL 120 Survey of the Kingdoms   
  • ENVS& 101 Introduction to Environmental Science 
  • ENVS 210 Ecology of Puget Sound Bioregion 
  • OCEA& 101 Introduction to Oceanography with Lab

Non-Lab Science Recommended:

  • ANTH& 206 Cultural Anthropology
  • ASTR& 115 Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmos
  • BIOL 165 Life: Origins and Adaptations
  • GEOG 120 Introduction to Physical Geography

Transfer Opportunities: 

The Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) associate degree is designed to transfer to most Bachelor of Arts degrees at all four-year colleges and universities in Washington state. The DTA is sometimes called an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Arts and Sciences.

DTA degrees provide students:

  • Priority consideration in admissions for most humanities and social science majors at public universities in Washington ahead of students without a degree.
  • Completion of lower division general education requirements.
  • Credit for all courses completed within the DTA up to and in some cases beyond 90 credits.
  • Opportunity to explore several fields of study through the category of up to 30 credits of elective courses.
  • Opportunity to complete prerequisites for a future major.

Local Transfer Opportunities:

University of Washington, Seattle

Out of State Transfer Opportunities:

Western Oregon University (American Sign Language)

View Cascadia’s Transfer Agreements for details of our partnerships with other colleges and universities.

Career Possibilities

Graduates with this degree pursue diverse careers. This degree complements and enhances work in almost any profession: translating and interpreting is one pathway. Other students will work in a variety of industries where their language and cultural competency skills are in demand. Paths: 1) education/academia, 2) non-profit sector, 3) business, 4) government, 5) non-governmental organizations (NGOs), 6) international governmental organizations (IGOs, e.g., NATO, UN). Other jobs might be:  professor, K-12 teacher, international education administrator, human rights advocate, international development/humanitarian aid worker, diplomat, ambassador, political affairs officer, lobbyist, government affairs manager, military operations analyst, foreign affairs analyst, national security agent/analyst, international trade specialist, business consultant, public health practitioner, media consultant, marketing director, or sustainability consultant.

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