Interdisciplinary Writing Studies

Associate of Arts (DTA) - Specialization in Interdisciplinary Writing Studies

TCC’s Interdisciplinary Writing Studies Specialization of the Associate of Arts (DTA) degree provides well-rounded academic preparation, real-world writing experience, and work-related skills for transfer to a wide variety of four-year college or university programs and for entry into the workforce. This specialization is also a great choice for students who know they want to transfer but haven’t yet decided exactly what they want to do with their lives. It is especially beneficial to students planning to transfer to the University of Washington Tacoma, due to UWT’s emphasis on interdisciplinary studies.

Completion of the Interdisciplinary Writing Studies specialization prepares students to transfer to a four-year college as a junior and pursue a diverse range of degrees and careers, including meaningful and fulfilling work in media, education, business, government, publishing, non-profit, public relations, communication, and arts sectors.

Courses are designed to help students develop the capacity to critically examine power and privilege within print and digital texts; produce effective audience-centered texts; and develop an inclusive, respectful, and multicultural worldview through engagement with faculty, peers, and locally and nationally-recognized writers, activists, and other speakers.

Students pursuing the specialization have opportunities to write for and edit TCC publications, including Una Voce, the magazine of student writing; Trillium, the magazine of creative writing and art; and The Challenge online student newspaper. Students may apply for positions as writing tutors/support staff in the Writing and Tutoring Center or through the Supplemental Instruction program.

All public universities in the state of Washington have a language requirement at the bachelor degree level. Students should review those requirements and ensure you meet them prior to transfer. World language credit can be applied toward humanities, multicultural, and general elective requirements of the Associate of Arts degree.

Courses to Take

 

Required Courses
Recommended Courses
General Degree Requirements

 

Interdisciplinary Writing Studies Specialization Requirements

Prepares students to transfer to wide variety of four-year college or university programs with work-related skills in interdisciplinary fields such as media, education, business, government, publishing, non-profit, public relations, communication, and arts sectors.

40 credits (90 credits total)

Requirements
Number Title Credits
ENGL& 101 English Composition I 5
ENGL& 102 or ENGL 103 English Composition II Argument and Persuasion or Composition III Writing about Literature 5
ENGL& 235 Technical Writing or Literature Course 5
SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
POLS& 101 or 202 Introduction to Political Science or American Government 5
CMST& 101 or CMST 110 Introduction to Communication or Multicultural Communication 5
  Additional CMST& or CMST couse 5

 

It is recommended that students enroll in a Learning Community in their first year. Learning Communities are cohorts of students who take two courses together. Teachers integrate content to create interdisciplinary connection and provide student support. Example learning communities include ENGL& 101/SOC& 101 and CMST& 101/ENGL& 101.

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Recommended Courses
Number Title Credits
LS 101 or 102 Introduction to Research or Research for Writing in the Disciplines 2
WRITE 140, 141, or 142 Writing Tutor Practicum 2
ENGL 178 Trillium Workshop 2
ENGL 180 Una Voce Workshop 2
ENVS& 101 Introduction to Environmental Science 5
SCI 105 Introductory Topics in Natural Science 5

 

Students must earn 90 credits total, including specialization requirements.

Distribution Requirements (60 credits)

Individual credits may be counted in only one distribution or basic requirement area. CMST 110 and SOC& 101 fulfill the Multicultural degree requirement.

HUMANITIES (15 credits)
Fulfill the Associate of Arts (DTA) Humanities Distribution requirement. Recommendations include literature, Native American history, creative writing, humanities, world language, music, film, philosophy, or art.

SOCIAL SCIENCES (15 credits)
Fulfill the Associate of Arts (DTA) Social Sciences Distribution requirement. 15 credits in the Interdisciplinary Writing Studies Specialization Requirements may be applied toward this requirement. Other recommendations include anthropology, sociology, psychology, history, and political science.

NATURAL SCIENCES (15 credits)
Fulfill the Associate of Arts (DTA) Natural Sciences Distribution requirement. Recommendations include ENVS& 101 Introduction to Environmental Science (5), SCI 105 Introductory Topics in Natural Science (5), ANTH& 205 Biological Anthropology (5)

PHYSICAL EDUCATION (3 credits)
Fulfill the Associate of Arts (DTA) Physical Education Distribution requirement.

DISTRIBUTION ELECTIVES (12 credits)
Fulfill the Associate of Arts (DTA) Distribution Electives requirement. Select courses need to fulfill remaining Interdisciplinary Writing Studies Specialization requirement.

Other College-Level Electives (15 credits)

Fulfill the Associate of Arts (DTA) Other College-Level Electives Requirement. Select courses needed to fulfill the remaining Interdisciplinary Writing Studies Specialization. If fulfilled, recommendations include LS 101 Introduction to Research (2) or LS 102 Research for Writing in the Disciplines (2), WRITE 140/141/142 Writing Tutor Practicum (2), ENGL 178 Trillium Workshop (2), ENGL180 Una Voce Workshop (2)

Basic Requirements (15 credits)
Number Title Credits
ENGL& 101 English Composition I 5
ENGL& 102 or ENGL 103 English Composition II Argument and Persuasion or Composition III Writing about Literature 5
  Fulfill the Associate of Arts (DTA) Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Skills Requirement 5

Placement Testing

Before enrolling in their first English course at TCC, students may use a variety of tools to decide which course is the best fit for your own experiences. The goal of placement is to ensure students have the best chance to learn, succeed, and move forward in college. When preparing to take their first English class, students may qualify using Multiple/Alternative Measures or Directed Self Placement. Contact Assessment Services for more information.

Assessment Services Office
Location: Bldg. 7

placement@tacomacc.edu
253-566-5093

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