Academic Catalog

Language & Communication

Spanish Associate in Arts and Certificate of Achievement

This degree program is designed to provide students with communicative skills in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Spanish. It also gives students a greater understanding of Spanish culture and civilization, and prepares them for greater international and domestic career opportunities. For the suggested sequence of courses to be taken and/or assistance in transferring to a four-year institution, contact the Counseling Center or the Department of World Languages.

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • Communicate clearly and effectively in a variety of media and/or contexts (speech, writing, and/or sign language).
  • Apply discipline-specific theories about language and communication to students’ own practice or work.
  • Navigate norms related to communicating in diverse environments, including professional, intercultural, and/or specialized settings.

Career Opportunities

Bilingual Aide
Border Patrol Officer
Court Interpreter
Customs Agent/Inspector
Foreign Exchange Clerk
Foreign Student Advisor1
Museum Curator1
Scientific Linguist1
Tour Guide


Bachelor Degree or higher required.

Associate in Arts Degree Requirements

SPAN-120Spanish I5
SPAN-121Spanish II5
SPAN-220Spanish III5
SPAN-221Spanish IV5
SPAN-250Conversational Spanish I3
SPAN-251Conversational Spanish II3
Select one of the following:3
U.S. History: Chicano/Chicana Perspectives I
U.S. History: Chicano/Chicana Perspectives II
Spanish and Latin American Cultures
Hispanic Civilizations
Total Units29

Plus General Education Requirements

Certificate of Achievement

Students who complete only the major requirements above qualify for a Certificate in Spanish. An official request must be filed with the Admissions and Records Office prior to the deadline as stated in the Academic Calendar.