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2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Spanish, AA with Designation

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Additional information available on the Foreign Languages Department website.

Recommended basic skills courses are

  • College Readiness in English
  • College Readiness for Quantitative Literacy 

PPSC’s world language programs are built around the standards put forth by The American Council on the Teaching of World Languages (ACTFL). ACTFL establishes a framework guiding the standards of world language study. When you study Spanish, you will communicate with others in Spanish, both in and out of the classroom. You will learn about and experience other cultures, make connections between your target language and other disciplines, make comparisons between your native culture/language and the target language and culture; and become active in communities of the language you are learning. The AA degree with designation in Spanish includes courses that are common to all four-year institutions in Colorado and will prepare you for continued study at a four-year college/university in pursuit of a Bachelor of Arts (BA degree) in Spanish or any other discipline. An AA degree with designation in Spanish may be a good beginning to any four-year degree as it is a valuable enhancement to any bachelor’s degree program. All four-year universities in Colorado now have a minimum world language requirement as part of admission. World language study is compatible with all other disciplines, especially law enforcement, health professions, education, social and behavioral sciences, business, journalism, and art history.

Students considering a major in a world language should be aware that first-year language courses do not count toward credit-hour requirements for a major or minor in most four-year institutions.

Students may follow the degree with designation in Spanish or transfer guide in Spanish to a particular four-year college/university. Consult your Faculty Advisor to assist you in determining the best pathway for you. Please note that the degree tracks in Spanish for the Professions and Spanish with Secondary Teaching Licensure have different requirements and are not included in this agreement.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Spanish degree program, students should be able to:

  • Develop a central message
  • Employ language that enhances the presentation
  • Incorporate language that is appropriate to the audience
  • Demonstrate performance skills, (posture, gesture, eye contact, and vocal expressiveness) to share content with or present to a particular audience for a specific occasion and purpose (execute delivery)

Full list of requirements can be found at Associate of Arts Degrees, AA .

Written Communication

Six (6) credit hours


Three (3) credit hours

 ; prefer MAT 120  

Arts and Humanities

Nine (9) credit hours

  Students with a higher proficiency level than is required for SPA 2011  or SPA 2012  should substitute other Arts and Humanities courses. Heritage speakers may want to substitute SPA 2061  and  SPA 2062 , if available.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Six (6) credit hours


Natural and Physical Sciences

Seven (7) credit hours

 One of these courses must have the required laboratory (SC1)

Additional Required Courses

Thirteen (13) credit hours

Please note: if these credits are not required for the major at a receiving four-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.

PLEASE NOTE: SPA 1011  and/or SPA 1012  may be waived, based on a student’s proficiency level. Students should consult a departmental advisor at the four-year college or university.


Thirteen (13) credit hours selected from the

 . Suggested courses include 2000-level Spanish courses; courses outside the World Language department with content related to the Spanish-speaking world.

Total Credit Hours: 60

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