Academic Catalogs

World Language, Associate in Arts Degree

Banner code: 2_AA_WLANG
Control number: 18425
Financial aid: Eligible 

The Associate of Arts in World Language Degree is an excellent way to develop critical thinking, analytical, and communicative skills. It provides a basis for understanding cultures and languages, and therefore prepares graduates for many careers in a multicultural world. Communication is vital in our growing global interdependence and technological connectivity. Students in the Associate of Arts in World Language Degree can develop careers in the areas including but not limited to: education, business, international business, diplomatic services, anthropology, economics, political science, literature, sociology, linguistics, interpreting, translation, research, public relations, international commerce, tourism, journalism, and publishing.

The degree offers language courses from beginning to advanced level. All courses are designed to develop the students' listening comprehension, speaking, reading, writing, and/or signing skills as well as to provide general overview of various civilizations and cultures related to the languages. Students will be prepared for a baccalaureate degree in an array of degrees utilizing world languages.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Interpret spoken or signed messages in the studied language at beginning to intermediate level
  2. Demonstrate ability to use language grammar and vocabulary to communicate orally or by signing at beginning to intermediate level 
  3. Derive meaning of written material in the studied language, not including Sign Language, at beginning to intermediate level 
  4. Compose written samples using appropriate spelling, accentuation, and sentence structure in the studied language, not including Sign Language, at beginning to intermediate level

Associate Degree Graduation Requirements

(See GWC website for the most up-to-date information on Associate Degree Requirements.)

  1. Completion of General Education Requirements by one of the following methods:
    1. Completion of a minimum of 18 units as listed under Areas A through E, including the Cultural Diversity Requirement.
    2. Completion of a minimum of 39 units of CSU General Education requirements. Students who complete this pattern are also eligible to receive the Certificate of Achievement in CSU General Education Breadth.
    3. Completion of a minimum of 34 (UC) or 37 (CSU) units of Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements. Students who complete this pattern are also eligible to receive the Certificate of Achievement in IGETC.
  2. Completion of a Major or Area of Emphasis—a minimum of 18 units.
  3. Completion of additional elective units to a total of 60 units.
  4. 2.0 overall Grade Point Average at GWC and 2.0 overall Grade Point Average for all colleges attended.
  5. At least 12 units completed at GWC.

Students should consult a GWC counselor in order to select the best pathway to meet their educational goals. For students who intend to transfer, the choice of general education will be specific to both their major and transfer institution.

Course Title Units
Required Courses18-19
Option 1
SIGN G180American Sign Language 14
SIGN G185American Sign Language 24
SIGN G280American Sign Language 34
SIGN G285American Sign Language 44
SIGN G200Deaf Culture3
Option 2
SPAN G180Elementary Spanish 15
SPAN G185Elementary Spanish 25
SPAN G280Intermediate Spanish 14
SPAN G285Intermediate Spanish 24
Option 3
VIET G180Elementary Vietnamese 15
VIET G185Elementary Vietnamese 25
VIET G280Intermediate Vietnamese 14
VIET G285Intermediate Vietnamese 24
Major Total18-19
GE Pattern (Local, CSU GE-Breadth, or IGETC)18-39
Total Units60

Recommended Program Sequence

These sequences are general course maps for students to finish all major and general education requirements for two-year completion of degrees, completion of short-term certificates, and/or fulfillment of transfer requirements. However, this may not be an appropriate path for all students.  The two-year sequence is based on English and Math placement and meeting other course prerequisites. Students are advised to meet with a GWC Counselor to review course selections and sequences to ensure that completion of this program will meet a student's transfer and career goals.

Students intending to complete this degree need to complete a  4-semester sequence in one language.

Year 1: 

Course Title Units
Semester 1
ENGL G100Freshman Composition ^4
Area E: Lifelong Understanding and Self-Development or Area A: English Language, Area B: Natural Sciences, Area C: Arts & Humanities, Area D: Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Select one of the following: 5-7
SPAN G180Elementary Spanish 15
VIET G180Elementary Vietnamese 15
SIGN G180
SIGN G200
American Sign Language 1
and Deaf Culture
7
Units12-14
Course Title Units
Semester 2
Area C: Arts & Humanities course3
Elective coursework for a total of 3 units3
Select one of the following or satisfy Math competency (completion of Algebra 2 in High School with a "C" or better):
MATH G030Intermediate Algebra4
MATH G040Accelerated Elementary and Intermediate Algebra5
MATH G080Pre-Statistics5
If Math competency is satisfied, take Elective coursework for a total of 3 units3
Select one of the following:4-5
SPAN G185Elementary Spanish 25
SIGN G185American Sign Language 24
VIET G185Elementary Vietnamese 25
Units13-16

Year 2:

Course Title Units
Semester 3
Area B: Natural Sciences course3
Area D: Social & Behavioral Sciences course3
Elective coursework for a total of 6 units6
Select one of the following:4
SPAN G280Intermediate Spanish 14
VIET G280Intermediate Vietnamese 14
SIGN G280American Sign Language 34
Units16
Course Title Units
Semester 4
Elective coursework to reach a minimum of 60 units10-15
Select one of the following:4
SPAN G285Intermediate Spanish 24
VIET G285Intermediate Vietnamese 24
SIGN G285American Sign Language 44
Units14-19
Total minimum units required60