A.A. - Transfer Degree

This program is designed for students who wish to transfer to a university and either major in Spanish or in a closely related major of which Spanish is an integral part. Spanish majors should consult the bachelor’s degree requirements of the universities to determine the inclusion of 100 and 200 level courses as part of the major. 200 level courses are not part of the Spanish major at the three State universities; students choosing this major need to understand that it is preparatory to the upper division course work required at the universities and that the university major may take longer to complete than the usual two years or four semesters beyond the associate’s degree.

Program Purpose

Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in Spanish that will prepare them for transfer to the university and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Learning Outcomes

  • Engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
  • Interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.
  • State information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied.
  • Express an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the culture studied.
  • Integrate learned knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language.
  • Collect information and identify the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the foreign language and its cultures.
  • Compare the nature of the Spanish language with English.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.
  • Use the language both within and beyond the school setting.
  • Illustrate evidence of becoming life-long learners by using the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment.

Program Map

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

Visit Academic Planning to get started on your personalized Academic Plan, or schedule an appointment with the Advising Office or with a Faculty Advisor.

PLEASE NOTE:  This degree requires SPA 251, SPA 260, & SPA 263 which have a pre-requisite of SPA 202 or SPA 204 (or near-native fluency in Spanish or high school equivalency from a Spanish-speaking country).  Students may satisfy this pre-requisite (and receive up to 16 Spanish Language credits) with an acceptable score in one of the following: 

Spanish with Writing CLEP exam 
Spanish Language & Culture AP exam
Spanish Literature & Culture AP exam

See AZTransfer Exam Equivalency for acceptable scores.

Program Requirements Based on Fall/Spring rotation (AGEC-A certificate also included)

First Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
ENG 101 
ENG 107
Freshman Composition I 3 GE-Composition
MAT 142 College Mathematics 3 GE-Mathematics
SPA 251 Intermediate Spanish Grammar & Composition 3 Major Requirement
SSC 101 Student Success Course 1 General Elective
ARH 141  Survey of World Art 1 (recommended) 3 GE-Arts


Co-Curricular Requirements:

Second Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
ENG 102 
ENG 108
Freshman Composition II 3 GE-Composition
SPA 281 Mexican American History 3 Major Requirement
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (recommended) 3 GE-Social & Behavioral Sciences
SPC 110 Introduction to Speech Communications (recommended) 3 GE-Additional Course


Co-Curricular Requirements:

Third Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
SPA 260 Mexican/American Literature 3 Major Requirement
HIS 280 History of Mexico 3 GE-Social & Behavioral
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (recommended) 3 GE-Additional Course
ENV 101 Environmental Science (recommended) 4 GE-Physical & Biological Sciencees


  • If transferring, apply to universities

Co-Curricular Requirements:

Fourth Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
SPA 263 Introduction to Hispanic Film and Culture 3 Major Requirement
FAS 204 Gender Relations (recommended) 3 GE-Writing Intensive
GPH 110 Physical Geography (recommended) 4 GE-Physical & Biological
Electives Complete an additional 16 credits of electives, or use Spanish CLEP or AP exam scores to reach 64 credit program requirement (16) General Electives
    10 (plus 16 credits of electives)  


Co-Curricular Requirements:

  • Attend Etiquette Lunch
  • Meet with Career Services
  • Apply for university scholarship opportunities  
Open the program map above to view the recommended classes to complete the program. You can also print the program map using the button above.

Transfer Information

Arizona State University BA, BAE Spanish (multiple program options) 4th Semester Proficiency
Northern Arizona University BA, BSED Spanish (multiple program options) 4th Semester Proficiency
University of Arizona BA Spanish (multiple program options) 4th Semester Proficiency

Transfer Tools

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AZTransfer will provide you with more information and tools on how to transfer to ASU, NAU, and UofA.

Need help with transferring?  The AWC Transfer Services office can provide you with individualized help to explore degree pathways and specific university requirements.  Visit their website or schedule an appointment with a transfer specialist.