Spanish

https://www.miracosta.edu/academics/degree-and-certificate-programs/languages-communication-and-humanities/international-languages/spanish/index.html

The International Languages Department offers courses that provide the foundation for Spanish language study. They also satisfy either the humanities requirement for general education or the proficiency requirement in an international language when required for transfer. A bachelor's degree in an international language such as Spanish can lead to a career in advertising, broadcasting, consulting, translating, teaching, international service, public relations, social work, and sales.

Note: Students educated in a non-English speaking country through high school or equivalent will generally not earn lower-division transfer credit in their language at most universities. Students who might be affected by this rule should consult a counselor and/or the International Languages Department Chair before enrolling in their language courses.

Academic and Career Pathway: Languages, Communication, and Humanities

Contact Information

Chair: Rosa E. Viramontes

Dean: Jonathan Fohrman

https://www.miracosta.edu/academics/degree-and-certificate-programs/languages-communication-and-humanities/international-languages/spanish/index.html

Department: International Languages

Office: Building OC2700, 760.795.6844

Full-Time Faculty

David Detwiler
Pilar Hernández
Lilia Vidal
Rosa E. Viramontes

Associate Degrees

Associate in Arts Degree

Spanish for Transfer

Students completing this associate degree will have completed lower-division major preparation requirements for a Spanish major at a participating California State University (CSU) campus. Following transfer to a participating CSU campus, students will be required to complete no more than 60 units to obtain a bachelor’s degree; however, some CSU campuses accepting this degree may require additional lower-division major preparation. This degree may not be appropriate preparation for students transferring to a CSU campus not accepting this degree or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a MiraCosta counselor for further information regarding the most efficient pathway to transfer as a Spanish major and to determine which CSU campuses are participating in this program.

To complete the degree, students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units.
  • Complete all courses required in the major with a "C" or "P" or better.
  • Complete the CSU-GE (Plan B) or IGETC (Plan C)* general education pattern.
  • Obtain a minimum CSU-transferable GPA of 2.0.
  • Complete a minimum of 12 units in residence at MiraCosta College.

* Students completing IGETC may be awarded the degree, but they must complete a course from Area IC: Oral Communication to meet CSU admission requirements.

Program Learning Outcome Statement

  • Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to effectively communicate in the Spanish language, demonstrating an understanding of cultural differences as related to personal and cultural topics as well as social issues.
Required courses: 
SPAN 101Elementary Spanish (First Semester) *, **4
SPAN 102Elementary Spanish (Second Semester) *4
SPAN 201Intermediate Spanish (Third Semester) *4
or SPAN 200 Spanish for Native Speakers
SPAN 202Intermediate Spanish (Fourth Semester) *4
List A: 3-4 units. Select one course.3-4
Students placing out of SPAN 101, SPAN 102, SPAN 201, or SPAN 202 by departmental approval, prerequisite satisfaction, or Advanced Placement scores shall use additional courses from List A to earn a total of 18 semester units in the major (Title 5, section 55063).
Cultural Anthropology *
Cultural Anthropology (Honors) *
Intercultural Communication *
Elementary French (First Semester) *
Elementary French (Second Semester) *
Cultural Geography *
Mexican American History Through 1877 *
Mexican American History Through 1877 (Honors) *
Mexican American History Since 1877 *
Mexican American History Since 1877 (Honors) *
Elementary Italian (First Semester) *
Elementary Italian (Second Semester) *
Elementary Italian for Spanish Speakers (First Semester) *
Race and Ethnic Relations *
Introduction to Chicana/o Studies *
Hispanic Film, Literature, and Composition *
Total Units19-20

NOTE: Students are strongly advised to select courses that meet lower-division major preparation requirements at their transfer university and to complete the History, Constitution, and American Ideals requirement prior to transfer.

Certificate

Certificate of Achievement

Spanish

This certificate provides students with a solid introduction to Spanish language communicative skills and culture. Completion of the certificate benefits students who are interested in learning about and effectively interacting with Hispanic culture and society. Students take the required language courses in the given sequence. 

Program Student Learning Outcome Statement

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

  • communicate in the Spanish language at the Intermediate Mid to Intermediate High level of ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages).
  • demonstrate awareness and appreciation of cultural differences within Spanish speaking communities.
Required courses: 
SPAN 101Elementary Spanish (First Semester)4
SPAN 102Elementary Spanish (Second Semester)4
SPAN 201Intermediate Spanish (Third Semester)4
or SPAN 200 Spanish for Native Speakers
SPAN 202Intermediate Spanish (Fourth Semester)4
Total Units16

NOTE: Students placing out of a course by prerequisite satisfaction should consult with the department to substitute another course for completion of the certificate.

Certificate of Proficiency

Spanish for Healthcare Professionals

The Spanish for Healthcare Professionals certificate is designed to empower student’s performance in communicating on a professional level in Spanish in the healthcare field. The certificate builds the student's knowledge of the Spanish language and focuses on the specialized vocabulary needed to communicate in the medical professions. It also stresses sensitivity to and respect for cultural diversity while promoting global awareness in the healthcare setting. 

Program Student Learning Outcome Statement

  • Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to engage in meaningful conversations about basic health status, health information and health care instructions for both the medical staff and the patient, demonstrating command of  Spanish medical terminology for body parts, organs, systems, symptoms and illness as well as of command of the first two years' vocabularies, structures, and pronunciation in the target language and comprehending native speaker speech.
Required courses: 
SPAN 101Elementary Spanish (First Semester)4
SPAN 160Spanish for Healthcare Providers I3
SPAN 161Spanish for Healthcare Providers II3
Total Units10

NOTE: Students wishing to challenge SPAN 101 as a prerequisite may be allowed to substitute another course with departmental approval.

How to Read Course Descriptions

For more detailed information about a course, such as its content, objectives, and fulfillment of a degree, certificate, or general education requirement, please see the official course outline of record, available on the Courses and Programs webpage at https://www.miracosta.edu/governance/courses-and-programs-committee/curriculum-management-system.html.

Courses

SPAN 101: Elementary Spanish (First Semester)

Units: 4
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in SPAN 102, SPAN 200, SPAN 201, or SPAN 202.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

This introductory course develops Spanish language acquisition through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It covers basic Spanish pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar. It also explores the history, geography, and customs of the Spanish-speaking world. This course corresponds to the first two years of high school Spanish. C-ID SPAN-100.

SPAN 102: Elementary Spanish (Second Semester)

Units: 4
Prerequisites: SPAN 101 or two years of high school Spanish with a C or better.
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in SPAN 200, SPAN 201, or SPAN 202.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

This course continues to develop Spanish language acquisition through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It reviews and expands upon the vocabulary and grammatical structures introduced in SPAN 101, and it develops the student's ability to engage in casual conversation, express opinions, and make suggestions in Spanish. The course also provides for increased awareness of the Spanish-speaking world's history, geography, and customs, including its socio-political practices and cultural artifacts. This course corresponds to the third year of high school Spanish. C-ID SPAN-110.

SPAN 160: Spanish for Healthcare Providers I

Units: 3
Prerequisites: SPAN 101
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall

This Spanish course introduces medical vocabulary and context-specific communicative skills through culturally relevant materials pertaining to the healthcare field. It reviews and expands upon the vocabulary and grammatical structures introduced in SPAN 101, and it develops the student's cultural competency to help them better connect and have meaningful professional interactions with individuals in the healthcare field. This course is designed for beginning-level Spanish learners.

SPAN 161: Spanish for Healthcare Providers II

Units: 3
Prerequisites: SPAN 160.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Spring

This Spanish course continues to develop medical vocabulary and context-specific communicative skills through culturally relevant materials pertaining to the healthcare field. It emphasizes the development of effective cross-cultural communication skills. It reviews and expands upon the vocabulary and grammatical structures introduced in SPAN 160, and it develops the students cultural competency to help them better connect and have meaningful professional interactions with individuals in the healthcare field. This course is designed for beginning-level Spanish learners.

SPAN 200: Spanish for Native Speakers

Units: 4
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in SPAN 201.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

This intensive course prepares native Spanish speakers with little or no formal training in Spanish for more advanced courses. It addresses listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing while emphasizing the improvement of reading and writing skills. Students also learn about regional variations in standard Spanish, Spanglish and code-switching, and the relationship between language and cultural identity. (Formerly SPAN 203) UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for SPAN 200 or SPAN 201. C-ID SPAN-220.

SPAN 201: Intermediate Spanish (Third Semester)

Units: 4
Prerequisites: SPAN 102 or three years of high school Spanish with a C or better.
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in SPAN 200 or SPAN 202.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

This course continues to develop Spanish language acquisition through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It reviews and expands upon the vocabulary and grammatical structures introduced in SPAN 101 and SPAN 102, and it develops the student's ability to engage in casual conversation, express opinions, and make suggestions in Spanish. The course also provides for increased awareness of the Spanish-speaking world's history, geography, and customs, including its socio-political practices and cultural artifacts. This course corresponds to the fourth year of high school Spanish. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for SPAN 201 or SPAN 200. C-ID SPAN-200.

SPAN 202: Intermediate Spanish (Fourth Semester)

Units: 4
Prerequisites: SPAN 200 or SPAN 201 or four years of high school Spanish with a C or better.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

This course continues to develop Spanish language acquisition through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It reviews and expands upon the vocabulary and grammatical structures introduced in SPAN 201. It also develops the students ability to express opinions and make recommendations in Spanish-language debates and discussions. The course focuses on increasing awareness of the Spanish-speaking worlds history, geography, and customs, including its socio-political practices and cultural artifacts, through extensive reading and writing assignments as well as oral presentations. C-ID SPAN-210.

SPAN 205: Hispanic Film, Literature, and Composition

Units: 3
Prerequisites: SPAN 200 or SPAN 202 or equivalent.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 2.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Spring even years

This introductory survey course examines Hispanic film and literary genres, including poetry, the essay, and narrative prose. Students complete written assignments and presentations (or discussions) based on Spanish-language films and assigned readings. The course helps students develop, structure, and write essays in Spanish. It also prepares students for upper-division Spanish courses.

SPAN 292: Internship Studies

Units: 0.5-3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor, dept chair, and Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Course Typically Offered: To be arranged

This course provides students the opportunity to apply the theories and techniques of their discipline in an internship position in a professional setting under the instruction of a faculty-mentor and site supervisor. It introduces students to aspects of the roles and responsibilities of professionals employed in the field of study. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students must develop new learning objectives and/or intern at a new site upon each repetition. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

SPAN 296: Topics in Spanish

Units: 1-6
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1 hour.
Lecture 2 hours.
Lecture 3 hours.
Lecture 4 hours.
Lecture 5 hours.
Lecture 6 hours.
Course Typically Offered: To be arranged

This course gives students an opportunity to study topics in Spanish that are not included in regular course offerings. Each Topics course is announced, described, and given its own title and 296 number designation in the class schedule.

SPAN 299: Occupational Cooperative Work Experience

Units: 1-4
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Course Typically Offered: To be arranged

Occupational Cooperative Work Experience Education is intended for students employed in a job directly related to their major. It allows such students the opportunity to apply the theories and skills of their discipline to their position and to undertake new responsibilities and learn new skills at work. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.