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World Languages

Learn how to communicate and connect with people from around the globe with an Associate of Arts Transfer degree in Spanish or French.

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We share our planet with billions of people, many of whom communicate with a language other than English. Learning a new language will allow you to connect with more people and learn about different cultures. Here at ACC, we offer courses in seven languages, and Associate of Arts degrees in French, Spanish, and International Business and Foreign Language. Whether your goal is to visit another country, learn about your own heritage, or be able to interact with more people in your day-to-day activities, taking language courses through ACC will expand and diversify your world.

Veronica Chavez
Program Chair / Spanish Faculty
World Languages
veronica.chavez [at] arapahoe.edu

What You'll Learn

Earning an Associate of Arts degree in Spanish or French will give you the proficiency in your chosen language to:

  • Formulate and engage in oral communication at the intermediate level
  • Deliver oral presentations in a coherent fashion
  • Formulate written grammatically correct sentences and paragraphs
  • Demonstrate cultural understanding of the Hispanic and Spanish or Francophone culture and appreciation of diversity

CIP 240101 (FREN)

The purpose of a statewide articulation agreement is to identify the courses a student at a Colorado public community college must complete as part of an AA/AS degree to be guaranteed to be able to complete the designated baccalaureate degree program at any public four-year college and university (hereafter referred to as receiving institutions) that offers that program within the minimum number of credits designated by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.

For more information about this transfer degree please refer to the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Program Requirements

General Education Courses (31 credit hours)
Written Communication (6 credit hours)
Mathematics (3 credit hours)
  • GT - One GT Pathways Mathematics course (GT-MA1)
  • prefer MAT 120 Mathematics for the Liberal Arts.
Arts and Humanities (9 credit hours)
  • GT - One GT Pathways Arts & Humanities course (GT-AH1, GT-AH2, GT-AH3)
History (3 credit hours)
  • GT - One Guaranteed Transfer History course (GTHI1) 1
Note(s):

1 CSU-Ft. Collins requires two Non-Us history courses.

Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 credit hours)
  • GT - One GT Pathways Social & Behavioral Science course (GT-SS1, GT-SS2, or GT-SS3)
Natural and Physical Sciences (7 credit hours)
  • GT - Two GT Pathways Natural and Physical Sciences courses (GT-SC1, GT-SC2)
Additional Required Courses (10 credit hours)
Note(s):

* FRE 111 and/or FRE 112 may be waived, based on the student's proficiency level and will need to be taken in another area on advice of the institution.

Electives (19 credit hours)

Elective credit must be completed from the following lists of approved prefixes or courses to bring the total credit hours to 60. It Is recommended, but not required, that a student take either COM 115 - Public Speaking or COM 125 - Interpersonal Communication

Guaranteed Transfer
  • Any Guaranteed Transfer course.
Any course in the following prefixes
  • Any course in the following prefixes except Special Topics, Independent Study, Capstone, and Internships:
    ANT, ART, BIO (100 OR above), CHE, HIS, HUM, LIT, MUS, PED, PHI, PHY (105 OR above), POS, PSY, SOC.
Note(s):

Any additional courses taken in the discipline covered by this agreement might not count toward the requirements of the major at the receiving institution.

Total: 60 credit hours

Transferability of courses to colleges or universities outside of Colorado is determined by the receiving institution.

CIP 240101 (SPAN)

The purpose of a statewide articulation agreement is to identify the courses a student at a Colorado public community college must complete as part of an AA/AS degree to be guaranteed to be able to complete the designated baccalaureate degree program at any public four-year college and university (hereafter referred to as receiving institutions) that offers that program within the minimum number of credits designated by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.

For more information about this transfer degree please refer to the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Program Requirements

General Education Courses (34 credit hours)
Written Communication (6 credit hours)
Mathematics (3 credit hours)
  • GT - Any GT Pathways Mathematics course (GT-MA1)
  • prefer MAT 120 Mathematics for the Liberal Arts.
Arts and Humanities (9 credit hours)
Note(s):

*NOTE: Those students who have a higher proficiency level than is required for SPA 211 or SPA 212 should substitute other Arts and Humanities courses. Heritage speakers may substitute SPA 261 - Grammar for the Heritage Language Speaker and SPA 262 (Comp-Heritage Language Speaker), if available

History (3 credit hours)
  • HIS 244 History of Latin America OR
  • GT - A GT Pathways History course (GT-HI1) focusing on the Spanish-speaking world (non-US) or another GT Pathways non-US History course
Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credit hours)
  • GT - Two GT Pathways Social & Behavioral Sciences courses (GT-SS1, GT-SS2, SS3)
Natural and Physical Sciences (7 credit hours)
  • GT - Two GT Pathways Natural & Physical Sciences courses (GT-SC1, GT-SC2) One of these courses must have the required lab.
Additional Required Courses (13 credit hours)

Please Note: If these credits are not required for the major at a receiving 4-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.

Note(s):

**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. Students should also consult with an Academic Advisor at ACC for course substitution options

Electives (13 credit hours)

Elective credit must be completed from the following lists of approved prefixes or courses to bring the total credit hours to 60.

Suggested courses:
  • 200-level Spanish courses outside the Spanish department with content related to the Spanish-speaking world.
Guaranteed Transfer
  • Any Guaranteed Transfer course.
Any course in the following prefixes
  • Any course in the following prefixes except Special Topics, Independent Study, Capstone, and Internships: ANT, ART, BIO (100 OR above), CHE, HIS, HUM, LIT, MUS, PED, PHI, PHY (105 OR above), POS, PSY, SOC.
Note(s):

Any additional courses taken in the discipline covered by this agreement might not count toward the requirements of the major at the receiving institution.

Total: 60 credit hours

Transferability of courses to colleges or universities outside of Colorado is determined by the receiving institution.

Job Potential

As globalization continues to connect the world, fluency in a second language will become increasingly useful in a variety of work settings. Industries that will be looking to hire bilingual workers include:

Language Courses at ACC

We offer classes on campus for learning how to communicate in the following languages:

  • American sign language
  • Arabic
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

In addition, you can register for online classes in two additional languages through the Colorado Community College System:

  • German
  • Russian