Spanish AA-T Degree

The Associate in Arts in Spanish for Transfer, also called the Spanish AA-T degree, will provide students with a strong foundation to develop their skills at high-intermediate or advanced levels in Spanish according to the Five C’s from the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages created by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL): communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities. Students will acquire language proficiency through the three modes of communication: presentational (speaking, writing), interpretative (listening/watching and reading), and interpersonal (speaking and writing). Furthermore, students will produce the language, exchange information, and negotiate and clarify meaning in Spanish by analyzing and discussing daily life situations and academic topics related to the history and culture of the diverse Hispanic world. In addition, students will develop global competence by investigating, explaining, and analyzing current global issues that affect the Hispanic world.  Also, students will identify and reflect on different cultural perspectives and practices in order to successfully interact with diverse people from around the world.

The Spanish AA-T degree prepares students to transfer to CSU campuses that offer bachelor’s degrees in Spanish. It also complements majors in international relations, political science, business, education, sociology, and other areas of study. Students earning the Spanish AA-T degree will be granted priority for admission as Spanish major to a local CSU, as determined by the CSU campus to which the student applies. This Spanish AA-T degree requires students to meet both of the following requirements: 

(1)  Completion of 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following: 

·    The Intersegmental GE Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University GE-Breadth Requirements (CSU GE-B). 

·    A minimum of 18 semester units in a major or area of emphasis. All courses in the major or area of emphasis must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. 

(2)  Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0. 

There are no additional graduation requirements. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. 

Course Code Title Units
Required CoreUnits
SPAN 001Elementary Spanish I5
SPAN 002Elementary Spanish II5
SPAN 003Intermediate Spanish I4
or SPAN 021 Spanish for Heritage Speakers I
SPAN 004Intermediate Spanish II4
or SPAN 022 Spanish for Heritage Speakers II
Heritage Speakers are strongly encouraged to take SPAN 021 instead of SPAN 003 and SPAN 022 instead of SPAN 004 to meet the Intermediate level requirement.
List A
Select one course from the following (3 units):
SPAN 020Hispanic/Latino Culture & Civilization3
COMM 009Intro to Interpersonal Communication3
Required Subtotal21-23
Select one of the following: 137-39
CSU General Education
IGETC Pattern
Transfer Electives - as needed to reach 60 transferable units 2

Units for the major may be double counted for CSU GE or IGETC. Confer with a counselor.


Elective units to reach 60 unit total must be CSU transferable. Confer with a counselor.

Please refer to Associate Degree for Transfer (SB 1440).