Associate in Arts in Spanish for Transfer

Division: Language Arts


This curriculum is designed to provide an opportunity for the Spanish major to achieve an Associate in Arts Degree in Spanish for Transfer (AA-T in Spanish) which completes the first and second year requirements for transfer to a four-year public California institution. While at least a baccalaureate degree is recommended preparation for those considering professional careers, completion of this curriculum will demonstrate commitment to the field and provide comprehensive preparation for further academic study through upper-division course work. This curriculum specifically prepares the prospective transfer student for upper division coursework in Spanish or a similar major at a California State University (CSU) campus.

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, now codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an "associate degree for transfer,” a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college.

The AA-T is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these degrees (AA-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AA-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor's degree (unless the major is designated "high-unit" major). Students should meet with a counselor regularly to discuss the best option for them. This AA-T in Spanish is designed to provide the student with a fundamental understanding and acquisition of knowledge in the Spanish discipline.

The AA-T in Spanish includes

  1. the development of reading skills in order to comprehend and interpret social, cultural, and literary authentic texts;
  2. the development of speaking skills in order to discuss social, cultural, and literary topics; and,
  3. the development of writing skills in order to write analytically on professional, academic, and societal issues.

The curriculum includes courses in first and second year Spanish, Chicano Studies, and Latin American History. Given the ever-increasing Latino population in California and nation-wide, fluency in Spanish has value in a number of fields, such as customer service, marketing, and public relations. Those who pursue degrees in Spanish can pursue K-12 and college level teaching as career.

To earn an AA-T in Spanish students must complete:

  1. A minimum of 20-23 semester units or 30-34.5 quarter units in the Spanish major with a grade of C or better;
  2. California State University General Education Breadth requirements (CSU GE Breadth) or the Intersegmental/General Education Transfer Curriculum (CSU IGETC);
  3. Completion of 60 semester or 90 quarter units of CSU transferable coursework; and,
  4. have an overall GPA of 2.0.
Required Core Courses: Non-Native Speakers Core (18 units):
SPAN 101 CElementary Spanish I5
SPAN 102 CElementary Spanish II5
SPAN 203 CIntermediate Spanish III4
SPAN 204 CIntermediate Spanish IV4
Native Speakers Core (10 units, plus 2 courses from substitution course list or List A below for a minimum of 16 core units):
SPAN 201 CSpanish for Spanish Speakers I5
SPAN 202 CSpanish for Span Speakers II5
NOTE: If the Spanish faculty assess a student as placing out of a Core Course, a substitute course from the CSU Transferable list below, or List A, can be used to meet the core minimum unit requirement.
Substitution Courses:
Cultural Anthropology3
Honors Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology3
Intercultural Communication3
American Ethnic Studies (formerly ETHS 100 C)3
Honors American Ethnic Studies
Introduction to Chicana-o Studies (formerly ETHS 140 C)3
Chicana-o History I (formerly ETHS 141 C)3
Chicana-o History II
Cultural Geography3
History of Latin America II3
History of Mexico3
Introduction to Sociology3
Honors Introduction to Sociology
Sociology of Women3
List A: Required for Native and Non-Native Speakers - Select a minimum of one course (4-5 units) from the following:
Elementary Chinese-Mandarin I5
Elementary Chinese-Mandarin II5
Elementary French I5
Elementary French II5
Intermediate French III4
Intermediate French IV4
Elementary Japanese I5
Elementary Japanese II5
Intermediate Japanese III4
Intermediate Japanese IV4
Elementary Portuguese I5
Elementary Portuguese II5