Foreign Languages, Associate in Arts Degree
Banner Code: 1_AA_FLNG
Control Number: 03998
Financial Aid Eligible
The Associate in Arts in Foreign Languages Degree is an excellent way to develop communicative skills in multiple languages other than English as well as global and critical thinking. It can provide a basis for understanding cultures, and therefore, prepare graduates for many careers in a multicultural world. The ability to communicate and interact with others is more and more vital with growing global interdependence and technological connectivity. Students in the Associate in Arts in Foreign Language Degree can develop careers in areas such as: education, diplomatic services, anthropology, business, economics, fashion, political science, literature, sociology, and linguistics. While teaching has traditionally been the principal area of employment, other careers, such as interpreting, translating, research, public relations, international commerce, tourism, and publishing are possible.
The department offers courses from the beginning to intermediate levels. All courses are designed to develop the student’s listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing skills, as well as to provide a general overview of non-English speaking civilizations and cultures.
- Recognize and produce the target language(s) in the four primary areas of communication: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
- Demonstrate a better understanding and appreciation of the cultures related to the target language(s) by comparing and contrasting them with the student’s own culture(s).
- Use current technologies to further develop language and cultural competencies.
Associate in Arts Degree Requirements
- UNIT REQUIREMENT - 60 UNITS, with at least a 2.0 grade point average. At least 12 of the units must be earned at OCC, with a minimum of one course taken for a letter grade. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the program must be completed at OCC. A student must be enrolled at the time of application for graduation. Units earned at an accredited college or university on a credit/no credit basis will be counted toward the degree requirements of the college, to a maximum of 15 units.
- MAJOR REQUIREMENT - Complete the AA major requirements.
- MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENT - Demonstrate competence in mathematics by either obtaining a satisfactory grade (grade of “C” or better or “pass”) in a mathematics course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra as demonstrated by prior coursework, or by demonstrating competency that is comparable through the completion of a college-level math course that has Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite: Psychology A160 or Math A100 or higher, with the exception of Math A220.
- GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT - Students may choose to complete Option 1 (OCC AA GE), Option 2 (CSU GE), or Option 3 (IGETC) to satisfy the general education requirement. See the General Education Patterns section of this catalog for more information.
- GLOBAL AND MULTICULTURAL REQUIREMENT (Required for AA degree only) Some of the courses listed in this requirement can also be used to meet General Education Requirements. Courses that are repeatable for credit can only be used once in this area. - Select one or more courses from the following totaling 3 units: Anthropology A100*, A100H*, A102*, A190*, Art A108*, Communication Studies A155*, Counseling A107*, A107H*, Dance A130*, A133*, A135*, A137*, A138*, Early Childhood A126, English A152*, A173*, Ethnic Studies A100*, A150*, Fashion A125, Food, and Nutrition A185, Geography A185*, History A101*, A110*, A141, A142, A145,* A150*, A151*, A152*, A161*, A161H*, A162*, A162H*, Philosophy A120*, Psychology A105*, Religious Studies A110*, A120*, A140*, A150*, A160, Sociology A100*, A100H*, A115*, A150*, A190* *Denotes courses that fulfill CSU GE Breadth and/ or IGETC requirements.
|Complete four (4) semesters of one language:||18-20|
|Elementary French 1|
|Elementary French 2|
|Intermediate French 1|
|Intermediate French 2|
|Elementary German 1|
|Elementary German 2|
|Intermediate German 1|
|Intermediate German 2|
|Elementary Italian 1|
|Elementary Italian 2|
|Intermediate Italian 1|
|Intermediate Italian 2|
|Elementary Japanese 1|
|Elementary Japanese 2|
|Intermediate Japanese 1|
|Intermediate Japanese 2|
|Restricted Elective - Select at least one of the following or from a language not used above:||3-5|
|Elementary Chinese 1|
|Elementary Chinese 2|
|Elementary Portuguese 1|
|Elementary Portuguese 2|
|Elementary Spanish 1|
|Elementary Spanish 2|
|Intermediate Spanish 1|
|Intermediate Spanish 2|
|Elementary Vietnamese 1|
|Elementary Vietnamese 2|
|Program Major Units||21-25|
|AA General Education Option 1, 2, or 3||Varies|
|Transferable electives as needed to satisfy unit requirement||Varies|
|Total Minimum Program Units||60|
Foreign Languages AA Degree Suggested Electives
ANTH A190 Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
BUS A118 Introduction to International Business or BUS A118H Introduction to International Business Honors
CMST A185 Public Relations
FASH A177 Fashion Merchandising Concepts
HTT A125 Destination the Americas
HTT A127 Destination Eastern Europe
PSCI A110 International Relations
These sequences at Orange Coast College are general course curriculum maps for students to finish all major and general education requirements for two-year completion of degrees, and/or fulfillment of transfer requirements. The course sequence may include course prerequisites and other placement requirements. Students are advised to meet with an Orange Coast College Counselor to review course selections and sequences to ensure that completion of this program will meet a student's transfer and career goals.
|OCC AA GE AREA A1 - CHOOSE ONE||3|
|OCC AA GE AREA D2- CHOOSE ONE||3|
|OCC AA GE AREA D3 - CHOOSE ONE||3|
|ELECTIVE (DEGREE APPLICABLE) 1||3|
|Chosen Foreign Language A180 - CHOOSE ONE (See Requirements for courses)||5|
|OCC AA GE AREA A2 - CHOOSE ONE 2||3-4|
|OCC AA GE AREA B with lab – CHOOSE ONE 3||4|
|OCC AA GE AREA E1 - CHOOSE ONE 4||.5-4|
|Chosen Foreign Language A185 - CHOOSE ONE (See Requirements for courses)||5|
|HIST A170 ||History of the United States to 1876 |
or History of the United States to 1876 Honors
or History of the United States Since 1876
or History of the United States Since 1876 Honors
|OCC AA GE AREA C2 - CHOOSE ONE 5||.5-4|
|AA Global/Multicultural Requirement – CHOOSE ONE or ELECTIVE (DEGREE APPLICABLE) 6||3|
|ELECTIVE (DEGREE APPLICABLE) 1||3|
|Chosen Foreign Language A280 - CHOOSE ONE (See Requirements for courses)||4-5|
|AA RESTRICTED ELECTIVE - CHOOSE ONE (See Requirements)||3-5|
|PSCI A180 |
or PSCI A180H
|American Government |
or American Government Honors
|OCC AA GE AREA E2 - CHOOSE ONE 4||1|
|Select one of the following or satisfy Math competency (completion of High School Algebra 2 with a "C" or better):||3-4|
|Intermediate Algebra (or higher) 7 |
or Combined Elementary and Intermediate Algebra
|ELECTIVE (DEGREE APPLICABLE) 1||3|
|Chosen Foreign Language A285 - CHOOSE ONE (See Requirements for courses)||4-5|
VARIES TO REACH MINIMUM 60 TRANSFERABLE UNITS
OCC AA GE AREA A2 - Required if 100-level MATH will not be taken to meet Math competency. If MATH A100 or higher will be taken, then needs to take 3-4 degree applicable elective units
OCC AA GE AREA B - 4 units required if taken with lab; 6 units required if lecture only courses
OCC AA GE AREA E requires a minimum of 3 units to include one course from E1 and one course from E2
OCC AA Area C requires a minimum of 3 units to include one course from C1 and one course from C2
OCC AA Global/ Multicultural required if not already taken in other GE areas, refer to AA Graduation Requirement webpage; if requirement is fulfilled, take degree applicable elective units
Math A030 or higher OR take 3-4 degree applicable elective units if math competency was met through completion of High School Algebra 2 with a "C" or better; *100-level Math courses satisfy AA Math Requirement and OCC AA GE AREA A2