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Online Degrees & Certificates

AA in Spanish

Program Description

Spanish is the language of the majority of Western hemisphere countries and is also the fastest growing language in California. For those planning to work in the health industry, education, law or public service, knowledge of Spanish is an invaluable asset. A degree in Spanish is an excellent way to expand career opportunities.

Learn more about the program on the Spanish website.

Program Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to communicate with native speakers of Spanish, using the appropriate language for any given situation.

The student will, by presenting research, demonstrate knowledge of Hispanic society, culture, and politics.

Award Type(s)

AA = Associate in Arts Degree

Units Required

Major: 27-30

Online Courses for Spanish

The courses listed BELOW are offered as online courses at least once every two years. Please see the Class Schedule for verification.

 NOTE: Students having difficulty attaining an associate degree because of timing or availability of classes should consult with a counselor to submit a petition for course substitution.

Associate Degree Requirements

English Proficiency: Select one of the following
ENGL 1A Composition & Reading 5
ENGL 1AH Honors Composition & Reading 5
ESLL 26 Advanced Composition & Reading 5
or equivalent    
Mathematics Proficiency:
College-level math course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra

A minimum of 90 units is required* to include:

Completion of one of the following general education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)

Core courses (15-30 units)

Support courses (0-12 units)

*Additional elective course work may be necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement for the associate degree.

Note: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a grade of "C" or better is required for all core and support courses used for the degree.

Core and Support Courses

Core Courses

SPAN 1 * Elementary Spanish I 5
SPAN 2 * Elementary Spanish II 5
SPAN 3 * Elementary Spanish III 5
SPAN 4 Intermediate Spanish I 5
SPAN 5 Intermediate Spanish II 5
SPAN 6 Intermediate Spanish III 5

Support Courses

For students waived out of SPAN 1, SPAN 2, SPAN 3, select 12 units from the following: **

ANTH 14 Linguistic Anthropology 4
ENGL 31 Latino/a Literature 4
ETHN 1 Introduction to Ethnic Studies 4
ETHN 3 Introduction to Latinx Studies 4
HIST 8 History of Latin America 4
MDIA 8A Race & Gender in American Media 4
Total Units   30

* For students who can demonstrate proficiency equivalent to one year of college Spanish, SPAN 1, SPAN 2 and SPAN 3 may be waived. However, if you are waived out of SPAN 1, SPAN 2, SPAN 3 (15 units), you must take 12 units from the support courses to satisfy the 27-unit core requirement.

** Students completing the full core course sequence (SPAN 1, SPAN 2, SPAN 3, SPAN 4, SPAN 5, SPAN 6) are not required to complete support courses for the degree.

Note that this is a list of fully online courses that satisfy degree requirement

For a list of on-campus courses that satisfy degree requirements,  please visit Spanish 2023-2024 Degree & Certificates..

Based on the 2023 - 2024 degree program.