Spanish, Associate in Arts

The Spanish degree program includes four semesters of the study of Spanish, one of the world’s most influential languages and the fastest growing language in California. It provides students with the communication skills in understanding, speaking, reading and writing, and prepares them to enter the workforce in many industries where knowledge of Spanish is valuable and imperative. In addition, it highlights the linguistic, literary, artistic, cultural, and historical contributions of the Spanish speaking world. Courses in this degree program meet the language requirements at many four-year universities, as well as general education and transfer requirements.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Converse and write in Spanish at the intermediate level with effective use of grammar, vocabulary, comprehensible pronunciation, and syntax on a range of topics such as personal and family lives, school or work, and current events.
  • Read and understand authentic texts in Spanish such as letters, essays, newspaper articles, poems, and/or short stories.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the linguistic, literary, and cultural contributions of the Spanish speaking world.

Associate in Arts 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
Restricted Major Electives
Select at least a minimum of 9 units from the following:9
Introduction to Teaching and Education
Education Service Learning Lab
Critical Thinking and Public Education
Mexican-American Art in American Culture
Introduction to Race and Ethnicity
Sociology of Latinos and Latinas
Latinos in American Government
History of Mexico
Literature of the Spanish-Speaking World
Spanish for the Professions
Spanish Through Film
Spanish Composition and Conversation
Intro to Translation and Interpretation: Spanish/English
Medical Interpretation English-Spanish
Intermediate Spanish Conversation I
Intermediate Spanish Conversation II
TOTAL MAJOR UNITS29
Additional Requirements31
Complete Competency Requirements, general education pattern (MPC General Education, CSU General Education, or IGETC), and electives, if needed, for a total of 60 degree-applicable 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.