Academic Certificate in Spanish Language and Culture

Certificate Information

Academic Plan

Spanish Language and Culture

Academic Plan Type

Academic Certificate (AC)

Academic Plan Code




MCCCD Official Curriculum Details

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Culture and Society


This certificate has associated pathway maps with course sequence(s). We recommend using them as reference instead of the list below.


This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.
Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.
Students may qualify to enter higher level Spanish courses by placement or may qualify to exempt out of taking any Spanish courses by assessment. Students wishing to earn credit for any course of which they are exempt by assessment should take the CLEP examination.

The Academic Certificate (AC) in Spanish Language and Culture is designed to provide students with the essential language skills and vocabulary to communicate with confidence in diverse communicative situations. Instruction in the diverse cultural context will help students to understand the complex interdependence of language and culture.

What You’ll Learn

This certificate will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Demonstrate comprehension of written and oral passages.
  2. Employ the writing process to provide detailed descriptions and narrations in the past, present, and future.
  3. Ask and answer questions, give instructions and commands, and maintain conversations in the past, present, and future.
  4. Demonstrate comprehension of authentic written and oral passages that include detailed descriptions and narrations in the past, present, and future.
  5. Apply knowledge of cultural norms, values, beliefs, and regional variations to settings where the target language is used.

Required Courses

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
SPA101Elementary Spanish I4
SPA102Elementary Spanish II4
SPA201Intermediate Spanish I4
SPA202Intermediate Spanish II4

Restricted Electives

Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select six (6) credits taught in Spanish and three (3) credits taught in English.
FLA240Foreign Language Teaching Methods3
GCU223Geography of Latin America3
HIS145History of Mexico3
MHL156Music in Latin America and the Caribbean3
SLC201Introduction to Linguistics3
SPA115Beginning Spanish Conversation I3
SPA116Beginning Spanish Conversation II3
SPA117Health Care Spanish I3
SPA118Health Care Spanish II3
SPA119Spanish for Educational Settings I3
SPA120Spanish for Educational Settings II3
SPA205Spanish for Medical Interpretation I3
SPA206Spanish for Medical Interpretation II3
SPA217Spanish for Business Communication4
SPA225Intermediate Spanish Conversation I3
SPA226Intermediate Spanish Conversation II3
SPA235Advanced Spanish Conversation I3
SPA236Advanced Spanish Conversation II3
SPA241Spanish and Spanish-American Film I3
SPA242Spanish and Spanish-American Film II3
SPA251Spanish Civilization3
SPA265Advanced Spanish I3
SPA266Advanced Spanish II3
SPA282++Volunteerism for Spanish: A Service Learning Experience (any suffixed course)1-3
SPA298++Special Projects (any suffixed course)1-3
SPH245Hispanic Heritage in the Southwest3
SPH298++Special Projects (any suffixed course)1-3

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Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to meet with an academic advisor. Together, you’ll lay out a program and career path that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success.

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Award Details

First Term
2020 Fall
Final Term
Total Credits
CIPS code
SOC codes
25-1124.00, 25-2031.00, 27-3091.00
Initiating College
Program Availability
Occupational Area
Not Applicable
Instructional Council
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