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Arts & Letters Division

Dr. David Hudson, Dean

For more information contact:
Laurie Camody

Division Coordinator
lcamody@gwc.cccd.edu
714-895-8772

SPANISH

The Spanish major is designed to meet the needs of both the student who wishes to transfer to a four-year institution and the student who wishes to achieve basic conversational ability in Spanish. Completion of the Spanish major provides students with the opportunity to move into the curriculum at a fouryear institution leading to a baccalaureate degree and then to possible careers requiring multiple language proficiency.

Associate in Arts Degree in Spanish for Transfer

Required courses | Semester at a Glance

Associate in Arts Degree in Spanish

Required courses | Semester at a Glance


Associate in Arts Degree in Spanish for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in Spanish for Transfer Degree is an excellent way to develop critical thinking, analytical and communicative skills. It provides a basis for understanding culture, and therefore prepares graduates for many careers in a multicultural world. Communications with others is more and more vital with the growing global interdependence and technological connectivity. Students in the Associate in Arts in Spanish for Transfer can develop careers in areas such as education, diplomatic services, anthropology, economics, political science, literature, sociology, and linguistics. While teaching has traditionally been the principle area of employment, other careers, such as interpreting, translating, research, public relations, international commerce, tourism, and publishing are possible.

The department offers courses from beginning to advanced level. All courses are designed to develop the students’ listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing skills, as well as to provide a general overview of Spanish-speaking civilizations and cultures. Students will be prepared for transfer into a baccalaureate degree program in Spanish at a CSU.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of vocabulary, grammar, idiomatic expressions and culture to accurately recognize and comprehend spoken messages in Spanish.
  • Demonstrate understanding of Spanish grammar, vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and Spanish speakers’ culture and apply it to communicate orally, using appropriate pronunciation on designated topics in public and in interpersonal situations.
  • Apply, clearly and effectively, vocabulary, grammar, idiomatic expressions, and culture to synthesize, analyze, evaluate and derive meaning of implicit and explicit written material in Spanish.
  • Integrate grammar, vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and culture to communicate in writing in Spanish.
Required courses

Spanish G180 – Elementary Spanish 1 – 5 units
Spanish G185 – Elementary Spanish 2 – 5 units
Spanish G280 – Intermediate Spanish 1 – 4 units
Spanish G285 – Intermediate Spanish 2 – 4 units

List A (select one):
History G150 – History of Latin America – 3 units
Sociology G134 – Introduction to Chicano Studies – 3 units
Spanish G200 – Mexican Culture and Civilization – 3 units

Total units: 21


Semester at a Glance – Associate in Arts Degree in Spanish for Transfer

Semester 1
SPAN G180 (Core) – Elementary Spanish 1 – 5 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 2
SPAN G185 (Core) – Elementary Spanish 2 – 5 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 3
SPAN G280 (Core) – Intermediate Spanish 1 – 4 units

One course from: (List A)
History G150 – History of Latin America – 3 units
Social Science G134 – Chicano Studies – 3 units
Sociology G134 – Introduction to Chicano Studies – 3 units
Spanish G200 – Mexican Culture and Civilization – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 4
SPAN G285 (Core) – Intermediate Spanish 2 – 4 units

One course from: (List A)
History G150 – History of Latin America – 3 units
Social Science G134 – Chicano Studies – 3 units
Sociology G134 – Introduction to Chicano Studies – 3 units
Spanish G200 – Mexican Culture and Civilization – 3 units

Major Total: 21 units
CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 37-39 units
Total units that may be double counted: 6-9 units
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60): 8-11 units
DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (maximum): 60 units

If a student places out of any course and is not awarded units for that course, the student will have to take additional units to compensate for the course/units needed to reach at least 18 total units in the major (per Title 5 regulations). Course substitutions are made at the discretion of the local college and may or may not be delineated in the local degree. Suggested substitutions include courses in List A.


Associate in Arts Degree in Spanish

The Spanish major is designed to meet the needs of both the student who wishes to transfer to a four-year institution and the student who wishes to achieve basic conversational ability in Spanish. Completion of the Spanish major provides students with the opportunity to move into the curriculum at a four-year institution leading to a baccalaureate degree and then to possible careers requiring multiple language proficiency.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of vocabulary, grammar, idiomatic expressions and culture to accurately recognize and comprehend spoken messages in Spanish.
  • Demonstrate understanding of Spanish grammar, vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and Spanish speakers’ culture and apply it to communicate orally, using appropriate pronunciation on designated topics in public and in interpersonal situations.
  • Apply, clearly and effectively, vocabulary, grammar, idiomatic expressions, and culture to synthesize, analyze, evaluate and derive meaning of implicit and explicit written material in Spanish.
  • Integrate grammar, vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and culture to communicate in writing in Spanish.
  • Recognize and analyze lectures and dialogues dealing with civilization and culture of Spanish speaking countries.
Required courses

These 4 courses
Spanish G180/G180H – Elementary Spanish 1, Honors – 5 units
Spanish G185/ G185H – Elementary Spanish 2, Honors – 5 units
Spanish G280 – Intermediate Spanish 1 – 4 units
Spanish G285 – Intermediate Spanish 2 – 4 units

or

These 5 courses
Spanish G160 – Spanish for Spanish Speakers 1 – 4 units
Spanish G185/G185H – Elementary Spanish 2, Honors – 5 units
Spanish G280 – Intermediate Spanish 1 – 4 units
Spanish G285 – Intermediate Spanish 2 – 4 units
Spanish G200 – Mexican Culture and Civilization – 3 units

Total units: 18-20


Semester at a Glance – Associate in Arts Degree in Spanish

Semester 1
SPAN G180 – Elementary Spanish 1 – 5 units
or
SPAN G160 – Spanish for Spanish Speakers, 1 – 4 units

General Education – TBD

Semester 2
SPAN G185 – Elementary Spanish 2 – 5 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 3
SPAN G280 – Intermediate Spanish 1 – 4 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 4
SPAN G285 – Intermediate Spanish 2 – 4 units
and
SPAN G200 – Mexican Culture and Civilization* – 3 units

General Education – TBD

*required for students who follow the Spanish for Spanish Speakers route

Major Total: 18-20 units
GE Pattern: GWC AA, CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 21-39 units
DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (maximum): 60 units

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SPANISH G160 – 4 Units
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Spanish for Spanish Speakers 1
(Formerly known as: Spanish G110, Spanish for Native Speaker)
his course emphasizes the reading of elementary prose and drills in basic writing skills, with an introduction to the basic rules of spelling, accentuation and morphology. Instructional time will be devoted to principles of Spanish orthography, vocabulary enrichment and composition. The course will cover the history, culture, and stories of the Latin American and Chicano writers in the U.S. as well as that of the Spanish-speaking world on a regional basis. This course is not open to students who have completed Spanish G180 Four hours lecture a week. This course is equivalent to two years of high school Spanish. UC Credit Limitations: Spanish G160 and G180 combined—maximum credit, one course. C-ID: SPAN 220 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade.  Transferable to CSU; UC.

SPANISH G165 – 5 Units
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Spanish for Spanish Speakers, 2
(Formerly known as: Spanish G112)
Prerequisites: Spanish G110 or Spanish G160
This course is a continuation of Spanish G160 and extends study for the native Spanish speaker. Work in the class will emphasize analysis of prose and further development of writing skills. This course includes study of Spanish orthography (spelling), and vocabulary enrichment, as well as the culture and literature of Latin America and Spain. C-ID: SPAN 230 Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade.  Transferable to CSU; UC.

SPANISH G180 – 5 Units
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Elementary Spanish 1
(Formerly known as: Elementary Spanish)
Fundamentals of Spanish grammar. Reading, writing, hearing and speaking simple Spanish. Native speakers are eligible for Spanish G180 only by the permission of the instructor. Five hours lecture a week plus a minimum of one hour laboratory attendance to be arranged by the student with the instructor. This course is equivalent to two years of high school Spanish. UC Credit Limitations. Spanish G160 and G180 combined—maximum credit, one course. C-ID: SPAN 100 Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

SPANISH G185 – 5 Units
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Elementary Spanish 2
(Formerly known as: Elementary Spanish)
Prerequisites: Spanish G180 or 2 years of high school Spanish
Continuation of Spanish G180. The emphasis on this course is on comprehension, basic oral communication, speaking, reading intermediate material, and writing Spanish correctly. UC Credit Limitations; Spanish G185 and G185H combined—maximum credit, one course. C-ID: SPAN 110 Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

SPANISH G200 – 3 Units
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Mexican Culture and Civilization
(Formerly known as: Spanish G290)
Prerequisites: Spanish G165 or G185
Conducted in Spanish, this course will survey the art, culture, history and civilization of Mexico dating from the pre-Columbian period to contemporary Mexico. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

SPANISH G280 – 4 Units
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Intermediate Spanish 1
(Formerly known as: Intermediate Spanish)
Prerequisites: Spanish G185
This course includes further study of Spanish grammar and idioms, intensive and extensive reading in contemporary colloquial Spanish, oral exercises and written composition. The admission of native speakers to Spanish G280 will be at the discretion of the instructor. C-ID: SPAN 200 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

SPANISH G285 – 4 Units
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Intermediate Spanish 2
(Formerly known as: Intermediate Spanish)
Prerequisites: Spanish G280
A continuation of Spanish G280, with reading of more difficult literary texts. Increasing stress on spontaneous conversation and free composition. The admission of native speakers to Spanish G285 will be at the discretion of the instructor. C-ID: SPAN 210 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

The Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer (AA-T) in Anthropology will transfer to the following California State Universities:

CSU Bakersfield
CSU Channel Islands
CSU Chino
CSU Dominguez Hills
CSU East Bay
CSU Fresno
CSU Fullerton
CSU Humbolt
CSU Long Beach
CSU Los Angeles
CSU Monterey Bay
CSU Northridge
CSU Pomona
CSU Sacramento
CSU San Bernadino
CSU San Diego
CSU San Francisco
CSU San Jose
CSU San Marcos
CSU Sonoma
CSU Stanislaus

The list of CSU campuses for this major was provided by the California State University’s A Degree with a Guarantee website: http://adegreewithaguarantee.com/

Most of the courses in this program also transfer to the University of California (UC) System and Private Universities. Please see your GWC Counselor early in your studies to choose the transfer option that is right for you.

Some of the career opportunities with a degree in Spanish are:

GOVERNMENT: Diplomat; translator, interpreter (US or UN); court interpreter; CIA; FBI linguist, special agent; Peace Corps; VISTA; Agency for International Development; State Department; Government research specialist; Immigration and Naturalization Service; Bureau of Narcotics; Armed forces; Department of Treasury; Foreign Claims Settlement Commission; Office of Economic Opportunity; agricultural specialist; all levels of government in areas with large immigrant population.

SOCIAL SERVICE: Law enforcement; welfare; health services; income tax consultant; missionary, minister; nursing; medical research writer; vocational counselor; case worker.

EDUCATION: Teacher; translator; editor; textbook author.

LIBRARY: Librarian in U.S., overseas; translator; classifier of foreign documents.

SCIENTIFIC FIELDS: Technical writer, translator; researcher; technical liaison for U.S. firms abroad; archaeology; museum work; medicine.

TRAVEL AND TOURISM: Travel agent; tour guide; hotel, restaurant employee; flight attendant; airport personnel.

BUSINESS: International law, banking; U.S. representative for foreign company; patent attorney; representative for U.S. firm abroad; foreign branch of U.S. firm; advertising, sales, fashion buyer; marketing; executive or manager; technical expert; personnel manager; Public Relations;
secretarial and clerical opportunities; import‐export firms; brokerage firms; banks; medical organizations; service, cultural organizations.

COMMUNICATIONS: Journalism: foreign correspondent, photographer, writer, editor; TV or radio writer, reporter, technician, executive; CNN, network reporter, video crew; Voice of America writer, editor; translator; advertiser for ethnic, foreign markets; film, entertainment; interpreter; international telephone operator.

FULL-TIME FACULTY

Verónica B. Pizano
Professor, Spanish
B.A., BCLAD, California State University at Sacramento; M.A., California State University at Long Beach.

vpizano@gwc.cccd.edu