Spanish Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer


The Associate in Arts Degree in Spanish for Transfer, also called the Spanish AA-T, prepares students to transfer to CSU campuses that offer bachelor’s degrees in Spanish. The Spanish AA-T Degree requires a total of 20-23 units of required courses and restricted electives from the categories below as indicated. This degree is designed to develop advanced communicative competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish and provide an introduction to Spanish and Latin American literature and culture. While a baccalaureate degree is recommended preparation for those considering careers in fields such as teaching, education, international business, translation and interpretation, journalism, law, writing, training and development, sales, community relations, nonprofit organizations and government, completion of this curriculum will demonstrate commitment to the field and provide comprehensive preparation for upper-division work.

Pursuant to SB1440, section 66746 states that students earning the Spanish AA-T Degree will be granted priority for admission as Spanish majors to a local CSU, as determined by the CSU campus to which the student applies. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth requirements. A minimum of 18-27 semester units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. Title 5 requires that students earn a grade of “C” or better in all major coursework. A “P” (Pass) grade is not acceptable grade for courses in the major.

Local departmental placement evaluation determines the course level where individual students begin the core courses. Credit or placement equivalent to two years of college level Spanish are required. If a student places out of any course and is not awarded units for that course, the student will have to take additional units to compensate for the course/units out of which they placed. Course substitutions are made at the discretion of the local college and may or may not be delineated in the local degree. Suggested substitutions include courses in List A. Additional suggested substitutions have also been provided below.

"Core" Courses
Select a minimum of 16 units from the following:16
Elementary Spanish I5
Honors Elementary Spanish I
Elementary Spanish II5
Honors Elementary Spanish II
Spanish for the Spanish Speaker4-5
Intermediate Spanish III
Intermediate Spanish IV4
List A
Select a minimum of one course from the following:3-5
Introduction to Spanish Literature3
Introduction to Latin American Literature3
Elementary Italian I5
Elementary Italian II5
Intermediate Italian III4
Intermediate Italian IV4
Elementary French I5
Elementary French II5
Intermediate French III4
Intermediate French IV4
Elementary Portuguese I5
Elementary Portuguese II5
As noted, some students may need courses to substitute for units out of which they placed. Suggested course substitutions include courses from List A or the courses suggested below. Note that all course substitutions must be CSU transferable and students cannot be required to take more than one course that is not articulated.
Cultural Anthropology3
Honors Cultural Anthropology
SPCH 120 F
Language and Culture3
Introduction to Language Structure and Use3
Total Units19-21

Outcome 1: Refine Spanish oral and written production in response to discourse related to self, family, social situations, school, work and societal issues.

Outcome 2: Refine Spanish oral and written production in response to written materials in Spanish.

Outcome 3: Interpret similarities and differences between the cultural practices and perspectives of the target language and those of other cultures.