2018-2019 Pierce College Catalog 
    Apr 25, 2024  
2018-2019 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Information Studies (AA-DTA) Course Map

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Created by Pierce faculty, this map outlines the initial coursework for this career field and for transfer to a four-year institution. It provides you a clear path to complete your degree by listing a specific set of courses relevant to your program and career. The map is designed with the appropriate number of credits and meets degree requirements. Courses are organized in a recommended sequence; please schedule accordingly. If a course is unavailable, select the next appropriate course within the sequence. If you want to change a course on this map you must speak with an advisor to assure you meet all degree requirements. For each course, a purpose statement explains how the content relates to your career field. On this map, there may be instances when you will be required to select a course from several options. Use these purpose statements and notes to choose the course that best aligns with your interests and needs. You will also find action items to complete to assure you progress and graduate on time.  While this map is a great guide to courses required to complete an Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA)  Degree, you are responsible for fulfilling all degree requirements. Questions? Your Success Network is ready to help you!

Important note about transfer: colleges and universities may change their requirements at any time, so this map is not a guarantee of transfer. You will need to check transfer requirements with your intended four-year school. 

1. College Success

  • Course purpose: A foundational course to explore and affirm a career choice and build upon the skills, knowledge, and resources that will support you at Pierce College and beyond.

2. Research Essentials

  • Course purpose: This course introduces you to college-level research strategies and foundations of information science such as search behavior, information organization, and information ownership. You should take it early to establish your interest in the subject and profession.

3. English Composition I

  • Course purpose: Communicating effectively in writing with a variety of audiences is an essential skill for information professionals, who often need to write reports and letters and create brochures and other forms of written communication.

Action Item: Meet with Advisor

Use your Success Network! In your first quarter, meet with your advisor to revisit your career and transfer path, make adjustments to your goals as needed, and plan for your next steps.

Make an appointment with a faculty librarian to discuss possible career directions that are compatible with your interests. Expand your knowledge of career options by researching librarianship in the Occupational Outlook Handbook exploring the UW iSchool website, and reviewing the Informatics entry in the WOIS career database.

4. Math Course Recommendation

The math course you select will depend on the transfer institution you plan to attend and your math placement.  Your advisor will assist you in selecting the appropriate course(s).

Mathematics Courses   

5. Natural Science Course Recommendation

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  • Course purpose: Information professionals need to have broad background knowledge about science. Furthermore, either of these two courses will help you think in terms of categorization, which is a habit of thinking that information professionals engage in. Research projects in these courses may provide opportunities for you to learn how information in the sciences or social sciences is created, evaluated, and stored and retrieved.

6. History Course Recommendation

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7. World Language (1)

Action Item: GPA Check

GPA check at the completion of 30 credits. Schedule an appointment with a faculty librarian to discuss and refine your interests within the field and discuss career options. Begin to identify transfer options with your advisor.

8. English Composition Course Recommendation

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9. World Language (2)

Action Item: Apply for Graduation

Way to go! It is time to apply for graduation. Visit the Pierce College Graduation website for details. https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/graduation

10. Natural Science Course Recommendation

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Action Item: GPA Check

GPA check at the completion of 45 credits. Schedule an appointment with a faculty librarian to discuss and refine interests and career options. Begin to identify undergraduate major interests. Identify top transfer school choices.

11. World Language (3)

12. Social Science Course Recommendation

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13. Public Speaking

  • Course purpose: Information professionals of all types need to have strong public speaking skills in order to communicate effectively in meetings and presentations.

Action Item: GPA Check

GPA check at the completion of 60 credits. Schedule an appointment with a faculty librarian to select transfer programs. Begin applications to transfer institutions. Request letters of recommendation from a faculty librarian and two other faculty members (if required in the transfer application process). Check deadlines to submit applications to transfer institutions.

14. Introduction to Statistics

  • Course purpose: Statistics are a significant part of the information landscape, so information professionals must be able to interpret statistics. Additionally, this course is often recommended or required for graduate programs in Information Science.

15. Social Science Course Recommendation

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16. Philosophy Course Recommendation

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Action Item: GPA Check

 GPA check at the completion of 75 credits. Ensure you have submitted applications to transfer institutions.

17. Computer Applications Course Recommendation

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18. Information Studies Course Recommendation

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19. Humanities Course Recommendation

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Total Credits: 90

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