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Spanish Transfer Pathway (AA) - 60 credits

WHY STUDY SPANISH?

Education in the Spanish language provides insight into the literature and culture of Spain and Latin America. It also gives students knowledge of a language that enables them to work and travel in areas of the world where Spanish is spoken.

It is also important on a local level, as the number of Spanish-speaking Minnesotans has increased 75% since 2000.

In our globally competitive world, and within our locally diverse community, knowing Spanish opens doors in many fields. The World Languages and Cultures Department at Normandale Community College is also the largest language department within the MnSCU (Minnesota State Colleges and Universities).

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A SPANISH DEGREE?

Spanish will enhance your career opportunities in government, business, education, medicine, law, hospitality management, retail industry, law enforcement, and social services, just to name a few.

As a Spanish student in our program, you have the opportunity to build your language skills, study Spanish-speaking cultures, participate in Service Learning in the Latino community in the Twin Cities' area, join a language club or travel abroad to gain new cultural perspectives.

The World Languages and Culture Department offers students opportunities to become confident and competent participants in today's global society.

Throughout the two-year language program, students both 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.

The Benefits of Bilingualism

Knowing Other Languages Brings Opportunities (PDF)

Service Learning in Latino Communities

Spanish Language Tutoring

Careers in Spanish

Types of Jobs

(from iseek.org)

Individuals who study Spanish often work in the following profession

  • College Foreign Language Teachers
  • High School Teachers
  • Interpreters and Translators

 

Skills Acquired

(from iseek.org)

Spanish language programs include topics such as:

  • Reading, writing, and speaking Spanish
  • Culture and society
  • Art
  • Anthropology
  • History
  • Literature and poetry
  • Folklore and film
  • Translation techniques
  • Dialects
  • Linguistics

Degree Emphasis & Certificate Program in Spanish

The Spanish Division of the World Languages and Cultures Department offers an Associate of Arts with Emphasis in Spanish to students who take 18 credits within our department.

Most of our courses satisfy goals in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum and seamlessly transfer to other MnSCU colleges and universities.

In addition, the Spanish Division has a partnership with the Spanish Department at Minnesota State University, Mankato, which facilitates easy transfer into their Spanish language major or minor.

New: Our 13 credit Spanish Certificate program.

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The Spanish Transfer Pathway (AA) 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 seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor's degree programs in a related field. 

*Universities within the Minnesota State system include Bemidji State University; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University Moorhead; Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University.

Required Courses

Incorporate the following Required Courses into the General Education/Minnesota Transfer Curriculum or Additional Course Requirements sections below.

Code Title Credits
SPAN 1100 Beginning Spanish 1 5
SPAN 1200 Beginning Spanish 2 5
SPAN 2100 Intermediate Spanish 1 5
SPAN 2200 Intermediate Spanish 2 5

General Education/Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC)- 40 Credits

*See MnTC Curriculum for specific course options

GOAL 1: COMMUNICATION - 2 COURSES 

GOAL 2: CRITICAL THINKING
(met by completion of all 40 credits of the MnTC)

GOAL 3: NATURAL SCIENCES - 2 COURSES (Select from two different departments; at least one must include a lab) 

  • Course #1 
  • Course #2 

GOAL 4: MATHEMATICAL/LOGICAL REASONING - 1 COURSE

  • Course 

GOAL 5: HISTORY AND SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES -
2 COURSES (Select from two different departments)

  • Course #1
  • Course #2 

GOAL 6: HUMANITIES AND FINE ARTS- 2 COURSES

GOAL 7: HUMAN DIVERSITY - 1 COURSE

  • Course 

GOAL 8: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE - 1 COURSE 

GOAL 9: ETHICAL AND CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY - 1 COURSE 

  • Course 

GOAL 10: PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT - 1 COURSE 

  • Course

Additional Course Requirements

  • One Health (HLTH) course.
  • One Exercise Science (EXSC) course.
  • Elective credits - additional course(s) numbered 1000 and above, if needed to complete the 60 credit requirement

(SPAN 1111 is recommended)

 

Other Degree Requirements

  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for college-level coursework (courses numbered 1000 and above) completed at Normandale.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in the MnTC
  • Earn a minimum of 20 college-level credits at Normandale.