Whether you travel, work in the service sector or international business or have friends or family in the Spanish- speaking community of the Bay Area, Spanish will open doors. When you learn Spanish you will learn about new cultures, civilizations and diverse ways of perceiving the world.
As the saying goes: “Quien sabe dos lenguas vale por dos."
(A person who knows two languages is worth double.)
Placement in Spanish
In order for students to determine their entering level of Spanish, a Foreign Language Advisory Placement Test (FLAPT) is offered online. We recommend all students to take the online Spanish placement questionnaire prior to enrollment. The placement questionnaire measures the level of the student's grammatical knowledge of the language. Further information on the placement exam (FLAPT).
Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution should complete the lower division major requirements and general education pattern for the appropriate transfer institution and major. Exact major requirements for UC and CSU institutions can be found on www.assist.org. Please see a counselor for more information as curriculum requirements may vary among transfer universities.
Policy Statement Regarding Sequence of Enrollment in Modern Language Classes: Although students are advised to enroll in language courses sequentially, they will not be precluded from enrolling in lower level language classes after completion of more advanced courses. Students should be aware, however, that units resulting from the lower level courses may not be accepted at transfer institutions as a part of the required transferring units.
A.A. in Spanish
Spanish language courses serve a dual purpose, which is to acquire structural and verbal skills, which satisfy both academic and cultural needs. The program serves both transfer students and those seeking self-enrichment. Students may take classes at either campus to fulfill requirements for the major.
Note: Students must complete English 150 to satisfy the Associate degree. Transfer students are advised to complete English 150. All students should consult a counselor.
SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I – 5 units
SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish II – 5 units
SPAN 203 Intermediate Spanish III – 5 units
In addition, completion of one course from the following list:
SPAN 110 Conversational Spanish I – 4 units
SPAN 112 Conversational Spanish II – 4 units
SPAN 114 Conversational Spanish III – 4 units
SPAN 204 Intermediate Spanish – 3 units
SPAN 228 Advanced Spanish Conversation and Culture through Films – 3 units
SPAN 230A Culture and Civilization of Spain and South America – 3 units
SPAN 249 Independent Study – 3 units
Diplomatic Service, Editor, Foreign Correspondent, Foreign Service Officer, Hotel Management, Import/Export, International Business, Teacher, Tour Guide, Translator/Interpreter, Travel Agent journalism, medicine, law, business, teaching In California, knowledge of a modern language is now required in many jobs that deal with the public such as Civil Service, social work, nursing, and other service-oriented fields.
Spanish Speaking Countries
Africa: Equatorial Guinea
Carribean: Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico
Central America: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama
North America: Mexico
South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela
Photos: Machu Picchu (left) by Chan Luiu. Rivera Mural (middle) by Simon Wang. Alhambra (right) by bsallick.