Courses within the Modern Languages Division are designed to assist students toward a better understanding of the languages and interrelationships of people, institutions, and the complex world of cultures in which we live.

An Associate in Arts (AA) degree in Spanish prepares students for transfer to a university with a major in Spanish or a closely related major of which Spanish is an integral part. Spanish majors should consult the transfer guides and bachelor’s degree requirements of the university they plan to attend to determine the inclusion of 100 and 200 level courses as part of the major.

An English-Language Proficiency Certificate for Non-Native English Speakers is also available to help students enhance their academic English skills in reading, listening, speaking, and writing. This certificate program will also prepare students to take the TOEFL iBT test.

Additionally, Arizona Western College also offers courses in the subjects of: Arabic (ARB), American Sign Language (ASL), English as a Second Language (ESL), French (FRE), German (GER), Structure English Immersion (SEI), and Second Language Teaching (SLT).

Graduates of the Spanish program will successfully complete the following 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.

Programs

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AA in Spanish

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.

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 
or
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
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Milestones:

Co-Curricular Requirements:

Second Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
ENG 102 
or
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
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Milestones:

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
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Milestones:

  • 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)  

Milestones:

Co-Curricular Requirements:

  • Attend Etiquette Lunch
  • Meet with Career Services
  • Apply for university scholarship opportunities  

English-Language Proficiency for Non-Native English Speakers

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.

 

Transfer Paths and Requirements

UNIVERSITY DEGREE MAJOR LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT
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.  

Career Overview & Job Outlook

Successful completion of this program may lead to a variety of employment opportunities, most of which require continued higher education at the university level. Below are examples of related occupations and annual mean wages in Arizona according to a May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Teaching Assistants
Perform duties that are instructional in nature or deliver direct services to students or parents. Serve in a position for which a teacher has ultimate responsibility for the design and implementation of educational programs and services.
$26,590
Tutors
Instruct individual students or small groups of students in academic subjects to support formal class instruction or to prepare students for standardized or admissions tests. 
$32,130
Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, and English as a Second Language Instructors 
Teach or instruct out-of-school youths and adults in basic education, literacy, or English as a Second Language classes, or in classes for earning a high school equivalency credential.
$50,020
Interpreters and Translators 
Interpret oral or sign language or translate written text from one language into another.
$51,870
Postsecondary Foreign Language and Literature Teachers
Teach languages and literature courses in languages other than English. Includes teachers of American Sign Language (ASL). Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
$66,890
Postsecondary Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers 
Teach courses pertaining to the culture and development of an area, an ethnic group, or any other group, such as Latin American studies, women's studies, or urban affairs. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
$78,210

Contact Information

Modern Languages Division Staff

Earl Smith
Interim Associate Dean, Liberal Arts and Education
928.344.7523
Office: LR 72
Victoria Willoughby 
Administrative Secretary
928.344.7708
Office: LR 067
Natali Zarate 
Senior Secretary
928.344.7591
Office: LR 068

Modern Languages Division Faculty

*Full-time Faculty only. Associate Faculty can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@azwestern.edu (example: john.doe@azwestern.edu)

Earl Smith
Professor of English as a Second Language
928.344.7523
Office: ES 125
Valeriia Bogorevich
Professor of English as a Second Language
928.314.9442
Office: San Luis Learning Center 101E
Brian Beeles
Professor of Spanish
928.317.7523
Office: LA 10
Steven Lund
Professor of English as a Second Language
928.317.6055
Office: ES 122
Liza Martinez
Professor of English as a Second Language
928.314.9423
Office: San Luis Learning Center
Susan Salminen
Professor of English as a Second Language
928.314.9443
Office: LA-103
Blanca Acosta
Professor of Spanish
928.317.6046
Office: ES-124
Jennie Buoy
Professor of English as a Second Language
928.314.9445
Office: San Luis Learning Center
Martha Martinez
Professor of Spanish
928.344.7607
Office: LA-112