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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Spanish

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Spanish provides the first two years of a four year curriculum for the student who plans to transfer to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. Academic Certificates (AC) in Language Studies and in Spanish Language and Culture are also available.

Details

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Field of Interest
Culture and Society
Type
Associate Degree
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Spanish (DEG)
Total Credits Required
60-64
Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.
Notes

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.

What You'll Learn
  • Ask and answer questions, give instructions and commands, and maintain conversations in the past, present, and future. (SPA101, SPA102, SPA103, SPA104, SPA201, SPA202, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [MA], [SG], [SQ])
  • Demonstrate comprehension of authentic written and oral passages that include detailed descriptions and narrations in the past, present, and future. (SPA101, SPA102, SPA103, SPA104, SPA111, SPA201, SPA202, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [HU], [SB])
  • Employ the writing process to provide detailed descriptions and narrations in the past, present, and future. (SPA101, SPA102, SPA103, SPA104, SPA201, SPA202, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [HU], [SB])
  • Apply critical thinking skills to analyze and evaluate information, including authentic cultural products. (SPA101, SPA102, SPA103, SPA104, SPA201, SPA202, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [MA], [SB], [SG], [SQ])
  • Apply knowledge of cultural norms, values, beliefs, and regional variations to settings where the target language is used. (ENG213, SLC201, SPA101, SPA102, SPA103, SPA104, SPA201, SPA202, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [SB])
  • Compare and contrast target cultures and the students` native culture(s). (ENG213, SLC201, SPA101, SPA102, SPA103, SPA104, SPA201, SPA202, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [HU], [SB])
  • Use linguistic concepts to describe basic differences and commonalities of various languages. (ENG213, SLC201, SPA101, SPA102, SPA103, SPA104, SPA201, SPA202, (COM), (CRE), [HU])
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:3-19
ENG213Introduction to the Study of Language (3) OR
SLC201Introduction to Linguistics (3)3
SPA101Elementary Spanish I (4) OR
SPA103Elementary Spanish for Spanish Speakers I (4)
AND
SPA102Elementary Spanish II (4) OR
SPA104Elementary Spanish for Spanish Speakers II (4)
OR
SPA111Fundamentals of Spanish (4)
OR
Proficiency through SPA102 level as indicated by assessment (0)0-8
SPA201Intermediate Spanish I (4) OR
Proficiency as indicated by assessment (0)0-4
SPA202Intermediate Spanish II (4) OR
Proficiency as indicated by assessment (0)0-4
Course Sequence by Term
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:6-10
Complete requirements in the subplan that best aligns with academic and professional goals. If academic and professional goals do not align with any of the subplans below, select elective courses in consultation with an Academic, Faculty, or Program Director.
Subplan 1: Academic Certificate in Spanish Language and Culture (6243N) *Note: This certificate may/may not be offered at each college.
Select a minimum of 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
SPH245Hispanic Heritage in the Southwest3
Select a minimum of six (6) credits taught in Spanish
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
SPH298++Special Projects (any suffixed course)1-3
Subplan 2: Academic Certificate in Language Studies (6237N) *Note: This certificate may/may not be offered at each college.
Select six to ten (6-10) additional credits from the lists below
AFR/ASB/CCS202Ethnic Relations in the United States (3) OR
SOC241Race and Ethnic Relations (3)3
COM163Intercultural Communication in Everyday Life3
COM263Elements of Intercultural Communication3
AHU+++ Any AHU Arabic Humanities course(s)
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FLA+++ Any FLA Foreign Language Acquisition course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
GRK+++ Any GRK Greek course(s)
HBR+++ Any HBR Hebrew course(s)
HEB+++ Any HEB Hebrew course(s)
IPP+++ Any IPP Interpreter Preparation Program course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
ITH+++ Any ITA Italian Humanities course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
LAT+++ Any LAT Latin course(s)
NAV+++ Any NAV Navajo course(s)
NVH+++ Any NVH Navajo Humanities course(s)
PIM+++ Any PIM Pima course(s)
POR+++ Any POR Portuguese course(s)
RUS+++ Any RUS Russian course(s)
SLC+++ Any SLC Studies in Language and Culture course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
SPH+++ Any SPH Spanish Humanities course(s)
TRS+++ Any TRS Translation and Interpretation course(s)
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 32-41
A single course with an [L], [HU], [SB], [SG], or [SQ] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, and/or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s). See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L] area3
COM225recommended for students who are CRE101 exempt
 
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 3-6
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
MAT145College Mathematics with Review (5) OR
MAT146College Mathematics with Review (6) OR
Higher approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area (3-6)3-6
 
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS] area3
 
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 3-6
Any approved general education courses in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area6
May be met by ENG213 OR SLC201 in Required Courses if not used to meet [SB]
Recommend SPH241 and SPH245 for students intending to earn the Academic Certificate in Language Studies
 
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 3-6
Any approved general education course in the Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] area6
May be met by ENG213 OR SLC201 in Required Courses area if not used to meet [HU]
Recommend AFR/ASB/CCS202, COM163, COM263 or SOC241 for students intending to earn the Academic Certificate in Language Studies
 
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 8
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area (4) AND
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area or the Natural Sciences (General) [SG] area (4)8
 
Subject OptionsCredits: 0
 
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-6
These requirements may be shared with other AGEC requirements. See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0-3
0-3
 
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course with the Historical [H] or Global [G] awareness area designation
May be met by SPA201 or SPA202 in Required Courses area
 
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-6
Some courses in this area have [SB] and [L] designations and may also be applied to the corresponding AGEC requirements. See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0-3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)0-3
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
Course Area Key
General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select additional courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits. Consult with a faculty advisor, program director, and/or academic advisor to identify coursework that best aligns with academic and professional goals.

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