Spanish

Associate of Arts Degree with Designation

Recommended basic skills standards are

PPCC’s foreign language programs are built around the standards put forth by The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). ACTFL establishes a framework guiding the standards of foreign language study. When you study Spanish, you will communicate with others in Spanish, both in and out of the classroom. You will learn about and experience other cultures, make connections between your target language and other disciplines, make comparisons between your native culture/language and the target language and culture; and become active in communities of the language you are learning. The AA degree with designation in Spanish includes courses that are common to all four-year institutions in Colorado and will prepare you for continued study at a four-year college/university in pursuit of a Bachelor of Arts (BA degree) in Spanish or any other discipline. An AA degree with designation in Spanish may be a good beginning to any four-year degree as it is a valuable enhancement to any Bachelor’s degree program. All four-year universities in Colorado now have a minimum foreign language requirement as part of admission. Foreign language study is compatible with all other disciplines, especially law enforcement, health professions, education, social and behavioral sciences, business, journalism and art history.

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.

Students may follow the degree with designation in Spanish or transfer guide in Spanish to a particular four-year college/university. Consult your Faculty Advisor to assist you in determining the best pathway for you. Please note that the degree tracks in Spanish for the Professions and Spanish with Secondary Teaching Licensure have different requirements and are not included in this agreement.

Content criteria, competencies, and student learning outcomes associated with the general education courses required for this degree can be found on the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Written Communication

Six (6) credit hours

ENG 121

English Composition I: CO1

3

ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2

3

OR

 

 

ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2

(3)

ENG 201

English Composition III: CO3

(3)

or

 

 

HIS 265

Writing About History: CO3

(3)

Mathematics

Three (3) credit hours

  • GT - One GT Pathways course (GT-MA1) prefer MAT 120

Arts and Humanities

Nine (9) credit hours

SPA 211

Spanish Language III: AH4

3

SPA 212

Spanish Language IV: AH4

3

  • GT - One GT Pathways Arts and Humanities courses from (AH1, AH2, AH3, AH4). Students with a higher proficiency level than is required for SPA 211 or SPA 212 should substitute other Arts and Humanities courses. Heritage speakers may want to substitute SPA 261* and SPA 262*, if available.

History

Three (3) credit hours GT Pathways History course (HI1)

HIS 244

History of Latin America: HI1

3

or

 

 

One GT Pathways History course (HI1) focusing on the Spanish-speaking world (non-U.S.) or another GT Pathways non-U.S. History course.

(3)

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Six (6) credit hours

Natural and Physical Sciences

Seven (7) credit hours

  • GT - Two GT Pathways Natural and Physical Sciences courses (SC1, SC2). One of these courses must have the required laboratory (SC1) Full list of requirements.

Additional Required Courses

Thirteen (13) credit hours

Please note: if these credits are not required for the major at a receiving four-year institution, they will be applied to the Bachelor’s degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

COM 115

Public Speaking (recommended)

3

or

 

COM 125

Interpersonal Communication

(3)

SPA 111

Spanish Language I

5

SPA 112

Spanish Language II

5

PLEASE NOTE: SPA 111 and/or SPA 112 may be waived, based on a student’s proficiency level. Students should consult a departmental advisor at the four-year college or university.

Electives

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

Total Credit Hours

60