Program Description

The Spanish program offers a broad spectrum of courses, ranging from language instruction to studies of civilization, culture, literature, and the arts. Language courses focus on all four skills—reading and listening comprehension, writing, and speaking. Non-language courses provide training in critical thinking while exploring cultural and literary themes in a historical context. The purpose of this major is twofold: to develop proficiency in written and spoken communication as well as to foster an understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity and knowledge of the rich cultural and literary tradition of Spain and Latin America. The skills acquired will prepare students to pursue careers in education, journalism, business, linguistics, art, music, and international relations.

PLEASE NOTE: The courses that universities and colleges require for transfer vary. When selecting literature and writing courses, students should consult with Counseling Services to determine the particular transfer requirements of specific transfer institutions.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate language skills and cultural knowledge in Spanish by submission of a portfolio of completed work.

Requirements for the AA Degree

To qualify for this degree, you must meet these requirements:

  • Minimum of 60 AA units
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Complete the traditional AA or IGETC or CSU GE
  • Complete this area of emphasis

Area of Emphasis Required Courses

Courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. Students must complete a minimum of eighteen (18) units selected from the courses listed below:

  • SPAN 001 - Elementary Spanish (5)
  • SPAN 002 – Elementary Spanish (5)
    or SPAN 002A – Spanish for Spanish Speakers (5)
  • SPAN 003 – Intermediate Spanish (5)
  • SPAN 004 – Intermediate Spanish (5)
  • SPAN 005 – Introduction to Spanish Literature (3)
  • SPAN 006A – Introduction to Spanish-American Literature (3)
  • SPAN 006B – Introduction to Spanish-American Literature (3)
  • SPAN 012 – Spanish Literature in Translation (3)
  • SPAN 025 – Spanish Composition (3)
  • SPAN 031 – Language of the Barrio (3)
  • SPAN 042A – Civilization of Spain and Portugal (3)
  • SPAN 042B – Civilization of Spain and Portugal (3)
  • SPAN 044A – Civilization of Latin America (3)
  • SPAN 044B – Civilization of Latin America (3)
  • SPAN 050 – Spanish and Latin American Cinema (3)

Limit of one course 

  • SPAN 008A Introduction to Spanish Conversation (2)
  • SPAN 008B Introduction to Spanish Conversation 92)

Limit of one course

  • SPAN 009A Spanish Conversation (2)
  • SPAN 009B Spanish Conversation (2)
  • SPAN 009C Spanish Conversation (2)

General Education Requirements

To be eligible for an AA degree, you must complete general education requirements in addition to the area of emphasis course requirements. You choose to follow one of the following three GE Patterns:

Which GE Pattern you choose to follow is based on your transfer plans. Speak with your counselor or visit the Transfer Center to find out more about which GE Pattern to follow. 

Catalog Year
This information reflects the information from the 2019-2020 catalog. If you have questions about a previous version, please review our Catalog Archives and/or speak with a Counselor.


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