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 who have studied French, German, or Spanish in high school or who have lived in a country where one of those languages is spoken can take a placement test before enrolling in a course in that language. There is a general placement test for these three languages, and a national placement test, and a national placement test, the CLEP if a student would like to receive credit for any 100-level classes. All native speakers of a language other than English must have permission of a full-time foreign language faculty member before enrolling in a course in their native 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.

Courses marked with an asterisk [*] are not currently offered at PPCC.

Written Communication

Six (6) credit hours

GT-CO1: ENG 121

English Composition I: CO1






GT-CO2: ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2











GT-CO2: ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2







Approved GT-CO3 course*


Oral Communication

Three (3) credit hours

COM 115

Public Speaking






COM 125

Interpersonal Communication






COM 220

Intercultural Communication



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

Art and Humanities / Social and Behavioral Sciences

Eighteen (18) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

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

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

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

One additional course from Arts & Humanities or Social and Behavioral Sciences (AH1, AH2, AH3, AH4, HI1, SS1, SS2, or SS3)


FOL 211

Foreign Language III*


FOL 212

Foreign Language IV*


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 I*


FOL 112

Foreign Language II*


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


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