Foreign Language

Associate of Arts Course of Study

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PPCC’s foreign language programs are built around the standards put forth by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). The goals of those standards are that students communicate with others in the language they are studying, both in and outside the classroom; that they learn about and experience the cultures of other languages; that they make connections between the language they are learning and other disciplines; that they make comparisons between their native language and culture and the language and culture they are learning; and that they become active in communities of speakers of the language they are learning. Foreign language study is compatible with study in all other disciplines, especially law enforcement, health professions, education, social and behavioral sciences, business, journalism, and art history.

Students may need to contact a Foreign Language instructor in order to be placed into the correct level of that given language.

Students considering a major in a foreign language should be aware that first-year language courses do not count toward credit-hour requirements for a major or minor in most four-year institutions.

There is a national equivalency test that can be located on the internet. It is the College Level Examination Program, C.L.E.P. It is currently available in French, Spanish and German. This test costs a small amount of money, but it offers the student a chance to test out of the language 111 and 112 courses for up to ten hours of college credit.

Written Communication

Six (6) credit hours

ENG 121

English Composition I: CO1


ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2





ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2


ENG 201

English Composition III: CO3


Oral Communication

Three (3) credit hours

COM 115

Public Speaking






COM 125

Interpersonal Communication






COM 220

Intercultural Communication: SS3



Three (3) credit hours minimum (credit hours over three [3] will be applied to the electives category). Full list of requirements.

Arts and Humanities / Social and Behavioral Sciences

Fifteen (15) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

Two guaranteed transfer Arts and Humanities courses from two different areas (AH1, AH2, AH3, AH4).

Two guaranteed transfer Social and Behavioral Sciences courses from two different areas (SS1, SS2, SS3).

One additional course from Arts and Humanities or Social and Behavioral Sciences (AH1, AH2, AH3, AH4, SS1, SS2, SS3).


FOL 211

Foreign Language III1


FOL 212

Foreign Language IV1



One guaranteed transfer non-U.S. History course from History (HI1).

Natural and Physical Sciences

Seven (7) credit hours. Two (2) guaranteed transfer courses including at least one (1) lab course (SC1, SC2). Additional credit hours over seven (7) will be applied to the electives category. Full list of requirements.


Twenty-three (23) credit hours selected from the AA approved course list.

Ten (10) credit hours

FOL 111

Foreign Language I1


FOL 112

Foreign Language II1


Thirteen (13) credit hours selected from the AA approved course list. Suggested courses include 200-level FOL courses and courses outside the chosen FOL department with content related to the FOL-speaking world.

Total Credit Hours


1FOL is a standard course prefix. Each specific foreign language has its own prefix, for example, SPA = Spanish.