Associate in Arts in Spanish Language

This program is designed to prepare students with the necessary course work and proficiency in Spanish for continued study at the baccalaureate level in majors such as Spanish and Bilingual Education. It will benefit students who wish to attain a level of proficiency that will enhance their careers in any field that requires communication skills in Spanish; it will be especially helpful to students whose heritage language and culture are Spanish. Students must work closely with their transfer institutions and their SFCC advisers to ensure the best transition to four-year schools.


Learning Outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate proficiency in speaking and listening comprehension in Spanish.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in reading comprehension in Spanish.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in writing in Spanish .
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the Spanish-speaking communities around the world and the many variations in the language that exist.

Class Requirements


Communications (9 hrs.)

ENGL 111         Composition and Rhetoric (3)

ENGL 112         Composition and Literature (3)

Any SPCH course (3)

Mathematics (3 hrs.)

MATH 119       Applications of Mathematics for Nonscience Majors (3) or higher

Laboratory Science (8 hrs.)

Social/Behavioral Science (9 hrs.)

Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hrs.)

HIST 260          History of New Mexico (3) þ S

Humanities and Fine Arts course (3)

The combined total of Social and Behavioral Sciences
and Humanities and Fine Arts areas should equal
15 credit hours.

Health and Wellness (1 hr.)




SPAN 111         Beginning Spanish I (4) þ

SPAN 112         Beginning Spanish II (4)

SPAN 150         Conversational Spanish I (3)

SPAN 211         Intermediate Spanish I (3)

SPAN 212         Intermediate Spanish II (3)

Any 3 credit class SPAN 250 or higher



SPAN 113         Beginning Heritage Spanish I (4) þ

SPAN 114         Heritage Spanish II (4)

SPAN 150         Conversational Spanish I (3)

SPAN 213         Intermediate Heritage Spanish I (3)

SPAN 214         Intermediate Heritage Spanish II (3)

Any 3 credit class SPAN 250 or higher



Select from the list of recommended electives below:

AHST 215         Artistic Traditions of the Southwest (3)

ANTH 112        The Nature of Culture (3) þ

ANTH 252        Anthropology of Food (3)

ENGL 270         Literature of the Southwest (3)

HIST 161          United States History to 1877 (3)

HIST 162          United States History from 1877 (3)

HIST 265          History of La Raza (3)

HIST 272          Latin American Civilization (3)

SPAN 111L       Spanish I Conversation Lab (1) optional

SPAN 112L       Spanish II Conversation Lab (1) optional

SPAN 121L       Spanish Lab (1)

SPAN 150         Conversational Spanish I (3)

SPAN 152         Spanish for Medical Personnel (3)

SPAN 154         Spanish for Medical Personnel II (3)

SPAN 250         Conversational Spanish II (3)

SPAN 255         Spanish Through Children’s Literature (3)

SPAN 280         Introduction to Hispanic Literature (3)

SPAN 284         Chicano Literature and Expression (3)

SPAN 285         Latin American Feminist Expression (3)

SPAN 286         Southwest Culture through Film (3)

SPAN 288         Contemporary Latino Film (3)

SPAN 290         Spanish Grammar and Composition (4)

Any other foreign or world language above 111

*Spanish-speaking students who already possess intermediate skills may see their advisers about fulfilling the language requirement with other Spanish classes.


Six credit hours of the A.A. and A.S. must come from an approved list of courses that satisfy the following requirements. These are not meant to be additional hours in the degree but are, instead, existing courses that satisfy the requirement and appear anywhere in the degree.

  • Cultural Perspectives (3 credit hours)
  • Sustainable Living (3 credit hours)


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