Associate in Arts Spanish Emphasis

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Want to take a giant step ahead of your competition, no matter what career you choose? Learn Spanish. Spanish boasts the second-highest number of native speakers in the world, is one of the six official languages of the United Nations, and is spoken by more 30 million people in the United States.

At MCC, our Spanish program offers two tracks. The conversation track emphasizes speaking and listening skills and is designed mainly for tourists. The foundation track balances listening, speaking, reading, and writing to prepare you for courses above the 200 level at any university.

Details

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Associate Degree / University Transfer
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts (AA)
Academic Plan Code
8400
Total Credits Required
60–61
Catalog Year
2018-2019

Transfer Pathways

This pathway map can lead to multiple transfer pathway options.

A list of available transfer options for the Spanish Emphasis program
Transfer Partner Degree Type Transfer Program
Arizona State University Bachelor of Arts Linguistics
Arizona State University Bachelor of Arts Language and Culture

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  • Interpret a wide range of intermediate to high-level informational and literary texts in Spanish.
  • Interpret a wide range of intermediate to high-level oral communication in Spanish. Summarize and explain a written text, and provide a written and verbal opinion in Spanish.
  • Construct and compose a text utilizing intermediate to high-level vocabulary and grammatical structures in Spanish.
  • Interact and negotiate meaning in spoken or written conversations to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions in Spanish.
  • Present information, concepts, and ideas to inform, explain, persuade, and narrate on a variety of topics in Spanish, using appropriate media and adapting to various audiences.
  • Examine similarities and differences between Spanish cultures and the students’ native culture(s).
  • Investigate, explain, and reflect on the relationship between linguistic practices and perspectives of the Spanish language.
  • Initiate and practice civic engagement in Spanish-speaking communities.

Career Opportunities

A proficiency in Spanish offers you a competitive edge in any field. Work as a translator or interpreter, or in customer service, sales, education, or more. Bilingual speakers are in demand across professions and industries, and needs are especially high for financial managers, editors, and industrial engineers. 

This pathway map can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below is a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this pathway map. Some of the opportunities presented below may require either a bachelor degree or a post-graduate level education.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary $55,160
Interpreters and Translators $38,110
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness area requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
13-14
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics 3–4
Elective Elective Course 3
SPA101 Elementary Spanish I Critical course Gateway course 4
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
14
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
SPA102 Elementary Spanish II 4
CRE101 or
COM225 or
Literacy
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Public Speaking or Literacy & Critical Inquiry If testing out of CRE101, complete COM225 or any L value course 3
SQ Natural Sciences 4

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
16
SPA201 Intermediate Spanish I Course carries G Value 4
Elective Elective Course 3
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications 3
SLC201 Introduction to Linguistics Course carries HU, SB Values 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM230 or
SB
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication or Social and Behavioral Sciences If COM225 is selected in term 2, students may select any SB course as the communication requirement is met. If COM225 was not completed in term 2, complete COM100 or COM110 or COM230 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
17
SPA202 Intermediate Spanish II Course carries G Value 4
HU Humanities, Arts, & Design Course 3
Elective Elective Course 3
SB Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
SQ/SG Natural Sciences Course 4
A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness area requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
SPA101 Elementary Spanish I Critical course Gateway course 4
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
SPA102 Elementary Spanish II Critical course 4

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
CRE101 or
COM225 or
Literacy
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Public Speaking or Literacy & Critical Inquiry If testing out of CRE101, complete COM225 or any L value course 3
SPA201 Intermediate Spanish I Course carries G Value 4

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7-8
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics 3–4
SPA202 Intermediate Spanish II Course carries G Value 4

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM230 or
SB
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication or Social and Behavioral Sciences If COM225 is selected in term 2, students may select any SB course as the communication requirement is met. If COM225 was not completed in term 2, complete COM100 or COM110 or COM230 3
HU Humanities, Arts, & Design Course 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
Elective Elective Course 3
SQ Natural Sciences 4

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications 3
SLC201 Introduction to Linguistics Course carries HU, SB Values 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
Elective Elective Course 3
SQ/SG Natural Sciences Course 4

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
SB Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Elective Elective Course 3

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Program Area Key

  • Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
  • FYC = First Year Composition
  • HU = Humanities, Arts and Design
  • Mathematics = Mathematics
  • NS = Natural Science
  • Oral Comm = Oral Communication
  • PP = Program Prerequisite
  • SB = Social-Behavioral Sciences
  • RC = Required Courses
  • RE = Restricted Electives

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

This Course Sequence is a “shared” program or a program that is offered at multiple Maricopa colleges. The colleges offering the program collaborate on the sequencing of the courses. However, since each college may differ in course scheduling and faculty availability, Course Sequences may vary by college, but should not impact program applicability or transfer.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Arts in Associate in Arts (https://curriculum.maricopa.edu/sites/default/files/aa1819.pdf).

* Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.