Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts: Spanish Language Option

Division of Bilingual Studies — Curriculum Code: 019L

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree


Why major in Spanish?

Whether you are planning to pursue a career in business, social work, education, law enforcement, or health professions, competency in Spanish will help distinguish you from the competition. In fact, as the number of Spanish speakers continues to grow in the tri-state area, Spanish language proficiency is fast becoming an essential part of many occupations. Moreover, the implementation of new world language requirements in New Jersey public schools has created a strong demand for teachers of Spanish throughout the state.

If I major in Spanish, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

Most or all of the credits earned at ECC toward an A.A. degree in Spanish will transfer to a four-year college or university depending on ECC’s particular transfer/articulation agreements with area institutions. You may choose to apply the credits toward a B.A. in Spanish, Education, or some other major.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on your placement test scores, you may have to take developmental courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses in your major. However, you may enroll in Spanish courses, with departmental permission, while taking developmental courses.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

If you do not need developmental course work and you register for an average of 15 credits each semester, you can complete the degree in two years. You may shorten the amount of time by taking courses in the summer sessions.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-3450.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Proficiently write, read, speak, and listen to intermediate-level Spanish that emphasizes real-life contexts; and
  • Describe the various cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.



(45 credits)

Written & Oral Communication (9 credits)

ENG 101, ENG 102, and ENG 109 (three 3-credit courses)

Quantitative Knowledge & Skills/Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning (12 credits)

Choose one math course and a lab science sequence or two math courses and one lab science course from the following:

Math: MTH 100, MTH 101, MTH 103, MTH 113, MTH 119, MTH 120, MTH 121, MTH 122, MTH 127, MTH 221, or MTH 222 (one or two 4-credit courses)

Lab Science: BIO 101 – BIO 102, BIO 103 – BIO 104, BIO 121 – BIO 122; CHM 101 – CHM 102, CHM 103 – CHM 104; PHY 101 – PHY 102, PHY 103 – PHY 104, or PHY 113 – PHY 114 (one or two 4-credit courses)

Society & Human Behavior (6 credits)

Choose two of the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 105; ECO 101, ECO 102; POL 101, POL 104; PSY 101, PSY 102, PSY 219; SOC 101, SOC 108, or SOC 219 (two 3-credit courses)

Humanistic Perspective (9 credits)

Choose two of the following literature courses: ENG 205, ENG 208, ENG 215, ENG 221, ENG 222, ENG 232, ENG 237, ENG 238, ENG 242, ENG 250, ENG 263, or ENG 264 (two 3-credit courses)

And choose one of the following art or music courses: ART 100, ART 101, ART 102; MUS 100, MUS 108, MUS 109, or MUS 117 (one 3-credit course)

Historical Perspective (6 credits)

Choose one of the following history sequences: HST 101 – HST 102, HST 111 – HST 112, HST 121 –HST 122, HST 131 – HST 132, HST 134 – HST 135, HST 136 – HST 137, or HST 161 – HST 162 (two 3-credit courses)

Global & Cultural Awareness of Diversity (3 credits)

Choose one additional (non-repeated) course from the following: ANT 101, ANT 105; ART 100, ART 101, ART 102, ART 200; CIN 103; ENG 205, ENG 215, ENG 232, ENG 237, ENG 238, ENG 242, ENG 263, ENG 264; HST 121, HST 122, HST 137; MUS 117; PSY 232; REL 105; SOC 108, SOC 205, or SOC 207 (one 3-credit course)


(12 credits)

Choose four of the following Spanish elective courses: SPN 101 Elementary Spanish I, SPN 102 Elementary Spanish II, SPN 201 Intermediate Spanish I, SPN 202 Intermediate Spanish II, SPN 222 Latin American Literature, SPN 225 Caribbean Literature, and/or SPN 227 US Latino Literature (four 3-credit courses)
(Note: Students with some proficiency in Spanish may place into advanced courses.)


(6 credits)

Choose two free electives (two 3-credit courses)

Total Credits Required for Degree: 63



First Semester
ENG 101  College Composition I (3 credits)
Spanish elective (3 credits)
Math/Lab Science requirement (4 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)
History requirement (3 credits)

Second Semester
ENG 102  College Composition II (3 credits)
Spanish elective (3 credits)
Math/Lab Science requirement (4 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)
History requirement (3 credits)

Third Semester
ENG 109  Effective Speech (3 credits)
Spanish elective (3 credits)
Math/Lab Science requirement (4 credits)
Literature requirement (3 credits)
Free elective (3 credits)

Fourth Semester
Spanish elective (3 credits)
Literature requirement (3 credits)
Art or music requirement (3 credits)
Diversity requirement (3 credits)
Free elective (3 credits)


(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above, regardless of specific choices made by the individual student.
(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, writing, and mathematics as well as other pre- and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.


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