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World Languages

Associate Degrees for Transfer

A.A.-T. in Spanish

This degree provides students with a major that fulfills the general requirements of the California State University for transfer. Students with this degree will receive priority admission with junior status to the California State University system. The Associate in Arts degree in Spanish for Transfer (AA-T) may be obtained by the completion of 60 transferable, semester units with a minimum 2.0 GPA, including (a) the major or area of emphasis described in the Required Program outlined below (earning a C or better in these courses) and (b) either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education Breadth Requirements.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2022

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
SPAN 401 Elementary Spanish 4
SPAN 402 Elementary Spanish 4
SPAN 411 Intermediate Spanish 4
SPAN 412 Intermediate Spanish 4
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
HIST 327 History of the Chicano/Mexican American (3)
HIST 373 History of Mexico (3)
ITAL 411 Intermediate Italian (4)
ITAL 412 Intermediate Italian (4)
SOC 325 Chicano Culture (3)
SPAN 361 Conversational Spanish, Intermediate (3)
Total Units: 19

The Associate in Arts in Spanish for Transfer (AA-T) degree may be obtained by completion of 60 transferable, semester units with a minimum 2.0 GPA, including (a) the major or area of emphasis described in the Required Program, and (b) either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate proficiency in the five skills as mandated by the competency guidelines of the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL): comprehension, speaking, reading, writing, and understanding the people and culture of the Spanish-speaking countries.
  • utilize correct grammatical structures of standard Spanish.
  • read Spanish proficiently as found, for example, in Spanish language newspapers, magazines, short stories, essays, and selections of poetry written by Spanish, Spanish-American, and Chicano authors.
  • demonstrate appropriate writing and composition skills in Spanish.
  • critique and discuss Latin American and Peninsular literature in a historical context.
  • analyze and discuss major historical events and periods in the history of Spanish-speaking countries.
  • compare and contrast aspects of the Spanish-speaking culture that are different or similar to one's own culture.
  • compare and contrast aspects of Spanish to another modern language.

Career Information

This degree is designed to facilitate students' successful transfer to four-year colleges that prepare them for a variety of career opportunities, such as airlines/travel, banking, bilingual education, bilingual telecommunications, emergency services, foreign service, Foreign Language Teacher, imports and exports, international business, intelligence/military services, IRS/State Franchise Tax Board, law enforcement/correctional officer, social services, translating/interpreting, and tourism. Some careers may require additional training specific to the trade.

Associate Degrees

A.A. in Language Studies

This degree provides an area of emphasis in communication skills in both English and foreign languages. It is intended for students wishing to develop communication skills for the workplace. Students who work closely with their counselors can use this area of emphasis to prepare for majoring at a four-year college in world languages as well as any other majors which require proficiency in one or more world languages.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2022

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
A minimum of 6 units from the following: 6
ENGWR 480 Honors College Composition (3)
   or ENGWR 300 College Composition (3)
ENGWR 481 Honors College Composition and Literature (3)
   or ENGWR 301 College Composition and Literature (3)
ENGWR 482 Honors Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking (3)
   or ENGWR 302 Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking (3)
ENGWR 303 Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking Through Literature (4)
COMM 301 Introduction to Public Speaking (3)
COMM 331 Group Discussion (3)
COMM 361 The Communication Experience (3)
COMM 362 Mediated Communication Experience (3)
A minimum of 12 units from the following: 121
DEAF 310 American Sign Language I (4)
DEAF 312 American Sign Language II (4)
DEAF 314 American Sign Language III (4)
DEAF 316 American Sign Language IV (4)
DEAF 318 American Sign Language V (4)
GERM 401 Elementary German I (4)
GERM 402 Elementary German II (4)
GERM 411 Intermediate German (4)
GERM 412 Intermediate German (4)
ITAL 401 Elementary Italian (4)
ITAL 402 Elementary Italian (4)
ITAL 411 Intermediate Italian (4)
ITAL 412 Intermediate Italian (4)
RUSS 401 Elementary Russian (4)
RUSS 402 Elementary Russian (4)
RUSS 411 Intermediate Russian (4)
RUSS 413 Russian for Heritage Speakers I (4)
RUSS 415 Russian for Heritage Speakers II (4)
SPAN 401 Elementary Spanish (4)
SPAN 402 Elementary Spanish (4)
SPAN 411 Intermediate Spanish (4)
SPAN 412 Intermediate Spanish (4)
SPAN 413 Spanish for Native Speakers I (4)
SPAN 415 Spanish for Native Speakers II (4)
Total Units: 18

1These 12 units must be completed in a single language.

The Language Studies Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See ARC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • write expository and argumentative papers.
  • synthesize ideas and develop conclusions.
  • examine the connection between culture and communication.
  • engage in conversation and written correspondence in a language other than English.