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Spanish, Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer

Banner Code: 2_AAT_SPAN

Control Number: 32848

Financial Aid Eligible

The Associate in Arts in Spanish for Transfer Degree (ADT) is an excellent way to develop critical thinking, analytical and communicative skills. It provides a basis for understanding culture, and therefore prepares graduates for many careers in a multicultural world. Communications with others is more and more vital with the growing global interdependence and technological connectivity. Students in the Associate in Arts in Spanish for Transfer can develop careers in areas such as education, diplomatic services, anthropology, economics, political science, literature, sociology, and linguistics. While teaching has traditionally been the principle area of employment, other careers, such as interpreting, translating, research, public relations, international commerce, tourism, and publishing are possible.

The department offers courses from beginning to advanced level. All courses are designed to develop the students’ listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills, as well as to provide a general overview of Spanish-speaking civilizations and cultures. Students will be prepared for transfer into a baccalaureate degree program in Spanish at a CSU.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply knowledge of vocabulary, grammar, idiomatic expressions and culture to accurately recognize and comprehend spoken messages in Spanish.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of Spanish grammar, vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and Spanish speakers’ culture and apply it to communicate orally, using appropriate pronunciation on designated topics in public and in interpersonal situations.
  3. Apply, clearly and effectively, vocabulary, grammar, idiomatic expressions, and culture to synthesize, analyze, evaluate and derive meaning of implicit and explicit written materials.
  4. Integrate grammar, vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and culture to communicate in writing.

Associate Degree for Transfer Graduation Requirements

Associate Degrees for Transfer require students to meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units of degree-applicable courses,
  • Minimum overall grade point average of 2.0,
  • Minimum grade of “C” (or “P”) for each course in the major, and
  • Completion of IGETC and/or CSU GE-Breadth.

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 Courses
SPAN G180Elementary Spanish 15
SPAN G185Elementary Spanish 25
SPAN G280Intermediate Spanish 14
SPAN G285Intermediate Spanish 24
List A
Select one of the following:3
HIST G150History of Latin America3
SOC G134Introduction to Chicana/o Studies3
SPAN G200Mexican Culture and Civilization3
Major Total21
GE Pattern (CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC)37-39
Total units that may be double counted6-9
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 units)7-11
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.

Year 1:

Course Title Units
Semester 1
SPAN G180Elementary Spanish 15
ENGL G100Freshman Composition ^4
Area E: Lifelong Learning & Self-Development course3
Select one of the following: 3
HIST G150History of Latin America3
SOC G134Introduction to Chicana/o Studies3
SPAN G200Mexican Culture and Civilization3
Course Title Units
Semester 2
SPAN G185Elementary Spanish 25
Area A3: Critical Thinking course3-4
Area A1: Oral Communication course3
PSCI G180American Government (Area D: Social & Behavioral Science course)3
or PSCI G181 American Government: The Politics of Race and Ethnicity

Year 2: 

Course Title Units
Semester 3
SPAN G280Intermediate Spanish 14
Area B1: Physical Science course (with or without lab) *3-4
CSU Transferable elective coursework for a total of 6 units6
Select one of the following:3
MATH G100Liberal Arts Mathematics (UC or CSU transferable)3
ECON G105Consumer and Financial Math (CSU transferable only)3
Course Title Units
Semester 4
SPAN G285Intermediate Spanish 24
HIST G170History Of The United States To 18763
or HIST G175 History of the United States Since 1876
Area B2: Life Science course (with or without lab) *3-4
Area C1: Arts course3
Area F: Ethnic Studies course3
Total minimum units required60

Program sequence may not be recommended for students who self-place into ENGL G100S. Students should see a Counselor for appropriate advisement.


Either B1 or B2 must include a lab.