What can I do with this?

Associate Degree for Transfer: A Degree with a GuaranteeWe are now offering associate degrees for transfer to the CSU. This provides a clear pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree. This AA-T degree guarantees admission with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system and gives priority admission consideration to your local CSU campus or to a program that is deemed similar to your community college major. This priority does not guarantee admission to specific majors or campuses. More information on the Degree with a Guarantee Program.

The Spanish Degree for Transfer

  • Guarantees acceptance to the CSU system
  • Prepares students for transfer to the CSU system to earn a baccalaureate in Spanish language, linguistics, literature, culture, and translation
  • Provides students with a strong foundation in fundamental language skills (listening, reading, speaking, and writing) and a better understanding and appreciation of the diverse cultures of the Spanish-speaking world
  • The Associate in Arts in Spanish for Transfer degree also serves as supplementary preparation for diverse professional fields such as
    • healthcare
    • the legal system
    • social work
    • business
    • customer service
    • foreign service
    • public relations
    • journalism
    • hospitality
    • travel industry
    • bilingual education
    • translation and interpretation
    • and non-profit organizations

Current and prospective community college students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to review their options for transfer and to develop an educational plan that best meets their goals and needs.

What will I learn?

  • Use proper Spanish in oral and written communication in real-world settings by integrating advanced grammar, vocabulary and idiomatic expressions.
  • Interpret Spanish-language literary and cultural readings in a critically analytical way.
  • Express intercultural awareness, appreciation and understanding of the diverse Latin cultures.

What courses do I take?

Note: Some courses within the major may have a required prerequisite. If you feel you have equivalent knowledge and skills to those included in the prerequisite course through professional experience, licensure, or certification, you have the opportunity to submit a Prerequisite Challenge to be reviewed by the faculty chair. For the Prerequisite Challenge to be considered, you must submit documentation/verification to substantiate the basis for the challenge. Please consult a counselor for more information regarding Prerequisite Challenge.

NOTE: Students who pass the AP Spanish Language and Culture exam or the AP Spanish Literature and Culture exam with a 3 or higher will receive credit for SPAN C101.

If a student places out of any core course(s) and is not awarded units for that course, the student will need to take additional units to compensate for the course/units required to reach at least 18 total units in the major (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. Additional suggested course substitutions are contained in the finalized Transfer Model Curriculum (TMC).

Required Core: Option 1 or 2 (19-20 units)

Option 1

Option 2

List A - Select one (3-5 units)

General Ed Requirements

Complete one of the following general education patterns:

Program Pathways

All classes needed for this degree are available at the following campuses: CC Online Ridgecrest / IWV

Additionally, some of the general education courses needed to complete this major are available at all our locations.

See Counseling for specific help with enrolling and completing this major.

How can I afford it?

This degree requires 60.0 units and will likely take 4 semesters.

Approximate Total Costs

CA Residents

60.0 units

at $46 per unit

Equals $2,760 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $3,600* for books and supplies

Total cost $6,360 for 4 semesters


60.0 units

at $388 per unit

Equals $23,280 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $3,600* for books and supplies

Total cost $26,880 for 4 semesters

*This is an estimate. Actual costs will vary.

Need help? Financial Aid can help with fee waivers and scholarships and other aid. Make sure to fill out your FAFSA every January.