Spanish Transfer Pathway A.A. Degree

Spanish Transfer Pathway A.A. Degree

Career Description

Skills attained through this degree enhance students’ ability to become confident and competent in today’s global society. Throughout the program, students will develop and strengthen reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, while gaining knowledge and understanding of other cultures, connecting with other disciplines, and participating in multilingual communities at home and around the world. Spanish will enhance career opportunities in business, education, government, law enforcement, social services, health industry, hospitality and tourism, just to name a few. Being bilingual is an asset in any career you choose to pursue.

Program Information

The Spanish Transfer Pathway A.A. Degree provides a broad base of general education relevant to language careers, and prepares students for transfer into a Spanish baccalaureate degree at Minnesota State universities. Learning a second language is a key educational component for career and personal enhancement in the global economy. Spanish will enhance your job opportunities and add to intercultural understanding as our country evolves demographically and linguistically. The CLC Spanish Department offers beginning and intermediate level language classes. You have the opportunity to build your language skills, study Spanish-speaking cultures, participate in Service Learning, join a language club, or possibly travel abroad to gain new cultural perspectives.

Program Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate appropriate class level oral or expressive Spanish Language skills;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and appreciation of cultural values, norms and traditions per Spanish Language, and will demonstrate basic understanding that these differences have an impact on group relationships and interactions;
  • Demonstrate appropriate class level receptive and/or written Spanish Language skills; and
  • Demonstrate appropriate cultural rules of interaction when conversing in Spanish.

Special Program Requirements

  • These requirements apply to new students, and students who have been absent from this college one academic year or longer.
  • At least one semester before you plan to graduate, complete an Application to Graduate.
  • College Cumulative GPA Requirement: cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0.
  • College Technical Core GPA Requirement: cumulative GPA of credits attempted and completed towards the technical core of the diploma or degree must be at least 2.0.
  • Residency Requirement: students must complete 25% of their credits at Central Lakes College.
  • A total of 60 college level credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher are required for an Associate of Arts Degree.
  • Classes may meet requirements for more than one goal area, but credit will not be awarded for any course twice.

Transfer Opportunities

The Spanish Transfer Pathway A.A. Degree offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Arts degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Spanish bachelor’s degree programs at Minnesota State universities. The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the listed Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status. All courses in the Spanish Transfer Pathway associates degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor’s degree programs. Students should consult with an advisor for guidance regarding how to best meet the requirements of their intended baccalaureate program. Universities within the Minnesota State system participating in the Spanish Transfer Pathway include: • Bemidji State University – BA • Minnesota State University, Mankato – BA • St. Cloud State University – BA • Winona State University – BA

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Program Course Requirements

Required Discipline Courses (19 credits)
SPAN 1401 Beginning Spanish I (Goal 8), 4 cr
SPAN 1402* Beginning Spanish II (Goal 8), 4 cr
SPAN 2401* Intermediate Spanish I (Goals 6,8), 4 cr
SPAN 2404* Intermediate Spanish II (Goals 6,8), 4 cr
GLST 2420 Many Faces of Mexico (Goals 5,7) OR
GLST 2425 Intro to Latin America (Goals 5,8), 3 cr

Required MnTC Courses
Goal 1 – Communications
COMM 2420 Intercultural Communication (Goals 1,7) OR
COMM 2422* Honors Intercultural Comm (Goals 1,7)…… 3 cr
ENGL 1410* Composition I (Goal 1) OR
ENGL 1420* Honors Composition I (Goal 1), 4 cr
ENGL 1411* Composition II (Goal 1) OR
ENGL 1421* Honors Composition II (Goal 1), 4 cr
Goal 2 Critical Thinking 1 course
Goal 3 Natural Sciences, 6 cr
Courses from two disciplines are recommended; one analytical lab course is required
Goal 4 Math/Logical Reasoning, 
3 cr
Goal 5 History/Social Behavioral Sciences, 6 cr
Courses from two disciplines are required, three disciplines are recommended.
Goal 6 Humanities and Fine Arts, 
1 cr
Any discipline other than Spanish
Goals 7 & 8 are met with required courses
Goal 9 Ethic and Civic Responsibility 1 course
Goal 10 People and The Environment 1 course

Fitness for Life (2 credits)
HLTH or PHED Fitness for Life course, 2 cr

Student Success (1 credit)
CCST course, 1 cr

Electives – As needed to complete 60 credits, 9 cr

*Denotes Prerequisites
Many courses from Goals 1 – 6 also meet Goal 7 – 10. Credits count only once. Students are advised to select MnTC courses with multiple goal assignments whenever possible.

Spanish conversation is strongly recommended and can be met through extra-curricular conversation tables at CLC.


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