Program Overview

The Spanish department offers classes at a variety of levels, from beginner to literature. There are classes for students of Spanish as a foreign language, as well as classes specifically designed for native Spanish speakers. In addition to improving students' linguistic abilities, all courses include discussion of aspects of the culture of Spanish speakers.

The ability to speak another language is an important advantage in today's world. In particular, given the demographics in California, knowledge of Spanish is a plus in many occupations and may be a requirement for certain positions.


AA-T Degree Requirements Major: Core and Selective Requirements Complete Core Courses, 18-21 units. If a student places out of any core course(s), the student will need to compensate for the course(s)/units required to reach at least 18 units in the major by taking courses chosen from the selectives list or the substitution list.
1. First Year College Level Spanish, 10-12 units: Units
SPAN 110 Elementary Spanish 5 units
SPAN 111 Elementary Spanish I 3 units
SPAN 112 Elementary Spanish II 3 units
SPAN 120 Advanced Elementary Spanish 5 units
SPAN 121 Advanced Elementary Spanish I 3 units
SPAN 122 Advanced Elementary Spanish II 3 units
2. Second Year College Level Spanish: Choose A or B, 8-9 units:
A. For students of Spanish as a Foreign Language (9 units) Units
SPAN 131 Intermediate Spanish I Students of Spanish as a Foreign Language: 3 units
SPAN 132 Intermediate Spanish II 3 units
SPAN 140 Advanced Intermediate Spanish 3 units
B. For Spanish-speaking students (8 units) Units
SPAN 150 Spanish for Heritage Speakers I 4 units
SPAN 152 Spanish for Heritage Speakers II 4 units
Selective Courses, choose a minimum of 3 units from the following: Units
HIST 246 History of Latinos in the U.S. 3 units
HIST 422 Modern Latin America 3 units
SPAN 162 Latino Literature II 3 units
Course Substitutions: Choose from these courses, if needed, to reach 18 units in the major. Units
Any course from the Selective Courses list not already used 3 units
DRAM 160 Latin American Theatre 3 units
ENGL 200 Introduction to Linguistics: A Survey of Language 3 units
LING 200 Introduction to Linguistics: A Survey of Language 3 units
LIT. 371 Mexican-American Literature 3 units
LIT. 372 Myth and Folklore of La Raza 3 units
LIT. 373 Latin American Literature in Translation 3 units
MUS. 240 Music of the Americas 3 units
PLSC 320 Latin American Politics 3 units
Total Required Major Units: 21 - 24
General Education - certified completion of one of the following:
  • California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE Breadth),
  • OR
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC/CSU) pattern
Elective courses: If applicable, additional courses to meet the minimum 60 CSU transferable units requirement.

Please refer to Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Requirements for more information.