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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Spanish

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Spanish provides the first two years of a four year curriculum for the student who plans to transfer to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. Academic Certificates (AC) in Language Studies and in Spanish Language and Culture are also available.

Details

Details iconImportant information you’ll need when applying for admission:
Field of Interest
Culture and Society
Type
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Spanish (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
8129
Total Credits Required
60-64
Catalog Year
2021-2022
Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.

Students may qualify to enter higher level Spanish courses by placement or may qualify to exempt out of taking any Spanish courses by assessment. Students wishing to earn credit for any course of which they are exempt by assessment should take the CLEP examination.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Ask and answer questions, give instructions and commands, and maintain conversations in the past, present, and future.
  2. Demonstrate comprehension of authentic written and oral passages that include detailed descriptions and narrations in the past, present, and future.
  3. Employ the writing process to provide detailed descriptions and narrations in the past, present, and future.
  4. Apply critical thinking skills to analyze and evaluate information, including authentic cultural products.
  5. Apply knowledge of cultural norms, values, beliefs, and regional variations to settings where the target language is used.
  6. Compare and contrast target cultures and the students` native culture(s).
  7. Use linguistic concepts to describe basic differences and commonalities of various languages.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary

$63,840

Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

$48,490

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. These options vary depending on the available transfer institutions and what degrees you may be able to transfer into.

These pathway map options may share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses and any associated details will be automatically updated in the course sequence below. The differences between individual pathway map options may only be a few courses.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

This subplan aligns with the requirements of the Academic Certificate in Spanish Language and Culture (6243N) *Note: This certificate may/may not be offered at each college.

This subplan aligns with the requirements of the Academic Certificate in Language Studies (6237N) *Note: This certificate may/may not be offered at each college.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MAT14+ College Mathematics OR Higher approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area MA 3–6
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course Gateway course FYC 3
SPA101 or
SPA103 or
SPA111
Elementary Spanish I or Elementary Spanish for Spanish Speakers I or Fundamentals of Spanish Critical course Gateway course OR Exempt by assessment 0–4
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
SPA102 or
SPA104
Elementary Spanish II or Elementary Spanish for Spanish Speakers II OR Exempt by assessment 0–4
SQ Natural Sciences Quantitative SQ 4
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 0–3
L Literacy & Critical Inquiry L 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SPA201 Intermediate Spanish I OR Exempt by assessment G 0–4
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Application CS 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design Recommend SPH241 or SPH245 for students intending to earn the Academic Certificate in Language Studies HU 3
HU or
SB
Humanities, Fine Arts & Design or Social & Behavioral Sciences HU or SB 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SPA202 Intermediate Spanish II OR Exempt by assessment
May be used as a required course for AC in Language Studies
G 0–4
SLC201 or
ENG213
Introduction to Linguistics or Introduction to the Study of Language HU, SB 3
SB Social & Behavioral Sciences Recommend AFR/ASB/CCS202, SOC241, COM163, OR COM263 for students intending to earn the Academic Certificate in Language Studies SB 3
SQ or
SG
Natural Sciences Quantitative or Natural Sciences General SQ or SG 4

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

This subplan aligns with the requirements of the Academic Certificate in Spanish Language and Culture (6243N) *Note: This certificate may/may not be offered at each college.

This subplan aligns with the requirements of the Academic Certificate in Language Studies (6237N) *Note: This certificate may/may not be offered at each college.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3
L Literacy & Critical Inquiry L 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MAT14+ College Mathematics OR Higher approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area MA 3–6

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SQ Natural Sciences Quantitative SQ 4
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design Recommend SPH241 or SPH245 for students intending to earn the Academic Certificate in Language Studies HU 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 0–3
HU or
SB
Humanities, Fine Arts & Design or Social & Behavioral Sciences HU or SB 3
SB Social & Behavioral Sciences Recommend AFR/ASB/CCS202, SOC241, COM163, OR COM263 for students intending to earn the Academic Certificate in Language Studies SB 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SPA101 or
SPA103 or
SPA111
Elementary Spanish I or Elementary Spanish for Spanish Speakers I or Fundamentals of Spanish Critical course Gateway course OR Exempt by assessment 0–4

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SPA102 or
SPA104
Elementary Spanish II or Elementary Spanish for Spanish Speakers II OR Exempt by assessment 0–4
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Application CS 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SPA201 Intermediate Spanish I OR Exempt by assessment G 0–4
SQ or
SG
Natural Sciences Quantitative or Natural Sciences General SQ or SG 4

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SPA202 Intermediate Spanish II OR Exempt by assessment.
May be used as a required course for AC in Language Studies
G 0–4
SLC201 or
ENG213
Introduction to Linguistics or Introduction to the Study of Language HU, SB 3

Pathway Map Option Details

No pathway map option has been selected. Please select from the pathway map options listed above.

Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Arts in Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Spanish (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm10?id=165646).


At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog YearEffective Dates
2020-20215/26/2020 – 5/24/2021