Spanish, Associate in Arts for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in Spanish for Transfer (AA-T in Spanish) degree offers a comprehensive approach to Spanish language learning. It incorporates all aspects of the language, including the basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar, and culture) with emphasis on conversation practice, linguistic competence, and cultural awareness. Two distinct tracks are offered for completing this program, equal in credit but tailored to the specific needs of non-native vs. heritage-speaking students. The latter will take parallel courses specifically designed for Spanish speakers. The goal is that they are able to recognize fossilized errors as well as identify linguistic and cultural differences between Spanish and English discourses. The combination of the core courses and the wide variety of electives offered within the degree program prepares students to transfer into the CSU system to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Spanish or similar major. Students must complete the Associate Degree for Transfer requirements to earn the AA-T degree.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Engage in conversation and interactions with speakers of the Spanish language using the necessary rules of pronunciation, grammar and syntax.
  • Interpret spoken Spanish and respond to it at all levels of proficiency.
  • Interpret Spanish reading passages at various levels of proficiency.
  • Convey information, concepts and ideas in writing to an audience of Spanish readers on a variety of topics.
  • Exhibit a comprehensive understanding of the Spanish culture and its social and cultural influences.

Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree Major Requirements

Required Core
SPAN 1Elementary Spanish I5
or SPAN 1S Elementary Spanish for Spanish Speakers I
SPAN 2Elementary Spanish II5
or SPAN 2S Elementary Spanish for Spanish Speakers II
SPAN 3Intermediate Spanish I5
or SPAN 3S Intermediate Spanish for Spanish Speakers I
SPAN 4Intermediate Spanish II5
or SPAN 4S Intermediate Spanish for Spanish Speakers II
List A (required)
Select one course from the following:3
History of Mexico
Literature of the Spanish-Speaking World
Spanish Composition and Conversation
Hispanic and Latino/a Culture
Intermediate Spanish Conversation I
Intermediate Spanish Conversation II
Intermediate Spanish Conversation III
Intermediate Spanish Conversation IV
Substitution Courses
Students who begin beyond the level of SPAN 1 or SPAN 1S in the Required Core will substitute units from LIST A courses to achieve the minimum 18 units required for the major. Below are additional courses approved for substitution. Other substitutions may be made at the discretion of the college.
Latinos in American Politics
Introduction to Human Geography
Modern Latin America
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Race and Ethnicity
Sociology of Latinos and Latinas
Spanish Through Film
Intercultural Communication
Additional Requirements36-42
Complete CSU General Education or IGETC pattern and electives, if needed, for a total of 60 transferable units.
Total Units60

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.  

The model sequence of coursework below is one pathway for students to complete the program. The information below is not an official educational plan. An MPC Counselor can assist you with creating a personalized education plan based on your academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling and up-to-date program requirements.

Suggested 2-Year Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
College Composition
or College Composition: Enhanced
MATH 16 Elementary Statistics 4
Elementary Spanish I
or Elementary Spanish for Spanish Speakers I
Elective (LIBR 50 Recommended) 1
Elective (COUN 10 Recommended) 1
ENGL 2 Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking 3
Elementary Spanish II
or Elementary Spanish for Spanish Speakers II
Public Speaking (CSU Requirement)
or Small Group Communication
IGETC Area 4 (ETNC 18 Recommended) 3
Electives (CSU/UC Transferable) 3
Year 2
Intermediate Spanish I
or Intermediate Spanish for Spanish Speakers I
HIST 20 History of Mexico 3
IGETC Area 5A and 5C 4
Electives (CSU/UC Transferable) 3
Intermediate Spanish II
or Intermediate Spanish for Spanish Speakers II
IGETC Area 3A (ETNC 4 Recommended) 3
IGETC Area 4 (US-1 Course Recommended) 3
IGETC Area 5B 3
 Total Units60
A Degree With a Guarantee - Associate Degree for Transfer

MPC transfer programs are designed to enable students to complete lower-division requirements in preparation for transfer to a baccalaureate-granting institution.

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to California State University (CSU) system for any community college student who earns an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT), although not to a particular campus or major. Upon transferring to a CSU campus that accepts the Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T), students will be required to complete no more than 60 upper-division units to earn a bachelor’s degree in a same or similar major (unless designated as a “high-unit” major).

The following Associate Degree for Transfer requirements must be completed to earn the AA-T or AS-T degree:

  1. Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units;
  2. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework (while a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors may require a higher GPA);
  3. Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units as detailed in the Major Requirements;
  4. Completion of all courses in the major with a grade of C or better (or a “P” if the course is taken on a “Pass/No Pass” basis);
  5. Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth) pattern; OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.

All students should consult with a Counselor to discuss transfer pathways and specific university admission requirements. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling services provided by MPC and to connect with a Counselor.