Arapahoe Community College

2015-2016 Catalog

Associate of Arts in Spanish

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.

The guarantees and limitations below describe the minimum requirements to which all participating institutions have agreed.

Students who complete an AA/AS degree and the prescribed curriculum in the articulation agreement and are admitted (with no academic deficiencies that require additional coursework) to a receiving institution participating in this agreement are guaranteed the following:

  • Junior standing with no more than 60 [note: this number may vary with specific program covered by agreement] remaining credits to meet the graduation requirements for a baccalaureate degree in the degree program covered by this articulation agreement.
  • Completion of the receiving institution’s lower division general education requirements as defined by the gtPathways (GT) curriculum
  • The same graduation requirements as students who begin and complete this degree program at the receiving institution.
  • Completion of the curriculum prescribed within this statewide articulation agreement does not guarantee admission to a participating receiving institution. Students must meet all admission and application requirements at the receiving institution including the submission of all required documentation by stated deadlines.
  • Only courses with grades of C- or higher are guaranteed to transfer.
  • Admission to a receiving institution does not guarantee enrollment in a specific degree program. Some programs at receiving institutions have controlled entry due either to space limitations or academic requirements.
  • The credit and course transfer guarantees described in this agreement apply to the specific degree program covered by this agreement. Receiving institutions will evaluate application of the courses designated in this agreement to other degree programs on a course-by-course basis.
  • Students who wish to use credits awarded by exam, such as AP (Advanced Placement), or IB (International Baccalaureate), to fulfill specific course requirements are responsible for consulting with the institution to which they are considering transferring to determine whether the credits they have been awarded by exam meet the standards of the receiving institution for specific course equivalents. 
  • The receiving institution will accept all applicable credits earned within ten years of transfer to the receiving institution. Credits earned more than ten years earlier will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis.

Because of the limitations above, students must consult with the Office of Admissions at the institution to which they are considering transferring.

Successful completion of an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree with academic designation does not guarantee the degree holder admission to a four-year state-supported institution of higher education; nor does it guarantee the degree holder automatic transfer of credits unless the degree holder has fulfilled the requirements of an existing statewide transfer agreement associated with the degree. No course substitutions will be accepted for the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degrees.

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to Arapahoe Community College

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)

ENG 121

English Composition I (GT-CO1) AND


ENG 122

English Composition II (GT-CO2) OR


ENG 122

English Composition II (GT-CO2) AND



One gtPathways-approved CO3 course (GT-CO3)



(3 credit hours)


Any gtPathways Mathematica course (GT-MA1), but not MAT 155 or 156


Arts and Humanities

(9 credit hours)

SPA 211

Spanish Language III (GT-AH4)*


SPA 212

Spanish Language IV (GT-AH4)*



One gtPathways Arts & Humanities course (GT-AH1, GT-AH2, GT-AH3, GT-AH4)


*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-Heritage Language Speaker) and SPA 262 (Comp-Heritage Language Speaker), if available


(3 credit hours)

HIS 244

History of Latin America OR



A gtPathways History course (GT-HI1) focusing on the Spanish-speaking world (non-US) or another gtPathways non-US History course


Social and Behavioral Sciences

(6 credit hours)


Two gtPathways Social & Behavioral Sciences courses (GT-SS1, GT-SS2, SS3)


Natural and Physical Sciences

(7 credit hours)


Two gtPathways 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.

SPA 111

Spanish Language I**


SPA 112

Spanish Language II**


**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.

COM 115

Public Speaking OR


COM 125

Interpersonal Communications



(13 credit hours)


Courses from the following list must be selected 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. All courses in the following prefixes except Special Topics (275) and Independent Study (285): ANT, ART,BIO (100 or above), CHE, HIS, HUM, LIT, MUS, PED, PHI, PHY (105 or above), POS, PSY, SOC. Specific Courses: AAA 109, ACC 121, ACC 122, AST 101, AST 102, BUS 115, BUS 216, BUS 217, BUS 226, CIS 118, COM 115, COM 217, COM 220, CSC 160, CSC 161, ECO 101, ECO 201, ECO 202, ECO 245, ENG 131 (or higher), ENV 101, ENV 110, GEO 105, GEO 106, GEO 111, GEO 112, GEY 111, GEY 112, GEY 135, HWE 108, HWE 124, JOU 105, MAT 120 (or higher, excluding 155 and 156), MET 150, SCI 155, SCI 156, THE 105, THE 211, THE 212, or ANY Foreign Language (200 or higher)


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


60 credit hours

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

Graduation Requirements

  • All courses required for this degree must be completed with a "C" or better to meet graduation requirements.
  • To graduate, students must apply for graduation (form available at and complete the graduation survey (available via myACC).
  • After applying for graduation, all correspondence to a student about the status of their program conferral will be sent to their student email address only.

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