Spanish AA-T

Associate in Arts in Spanish for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in Spanish for Transfer (AA-T in Spanish) is designed to provide a clear pathway to a CSU institution for students who plan to transfer and complete a CSU major or baccalaureate degree in Spanish.

California Community College students who are awarded an Associate in Arts in Spanish for Transfer (AA-T in Spanish) are guaranteed admission with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system and given priority admission consideration to their local CSU institution or to a program that is deemed similar to their community college major. This priority does not guarantee admission to specific majors or institutions.

The Spanish department offers courses that serve as a basis for broad liberal education, for advanced degrees and further study in languages, linguistics, English Literature, as preparation for a teaching credential, and as supplementary preparation for many professional fields including: emergency services, the legal and medical professions, social work, business, hospitality, information technology, foreign service, public relations, journalism, translation, and interpretation.

Training in the Spanish language is widely considered essential preparation for teachers in California's public schools.

Program Learning Outcomes
  • Students will demonstrate comprehension by responding appropriately to written and spoken expressions of the target language according to the level of study.
  • Students will speak and convey information with accuracy and pronunciation acceptable to native-speakers of the language. • Students will express ideas clearly and accurately in writing according to the level of study.
  • Students will develop and demonstrate ability to value diverse cultural aspects and global awareness.
  • Students will customize the mode of communication appropriate to the specific audience.
What is an AA-T?

The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) is intended for student who plan to transfer and complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus.  Students completing these transfer degrees:

  • will earn an Associate's Degree from Mission College;
  • are guaranteed admission to a similar major at a campus in the CSU system;
  • will be prepared to start upper division coursework at the CSU;
  • and will not have to complete more than 60 units after transfer.

A complete and up-to-date listing of the similar CSU majors can be found on the

To earn this AA-T, students must meet the following requirements:
  1. Completion of the following major courses with grades of C or P or better.
  2. Completion of a maximum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units with a grade point average of at least 2.0; and
  3. Certified completion of either the California State University General Education Breadth pattern (CSU GE-B) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).


  • Completing courses that satisfy CSU’s U.S. History, Constitution and American Ideals requirement prior to transfer is highly recommended.
  • Requirements here apply to the current catalog year and are subject to change.  Visit DegreeWorks in My Mission Portal to view requirements based your catalog year.
Core Courses Required:
Code Class Units
SPA 001 First Semester Spanish (Elementary Spanish) (5.0 Lecture) 5.0
SPA 002 Second Semester Spanish (Elementary Level) (5.0 Lecture) 5.0
SPA 004 Fourth Semester Spanish (Intermediate Level) (5.0 Lecture) 5.0

PLUS one of the following

Code Class Units
SPA 003 Third Semester Spanish (5.0 Lecture) 5.0
List A - Select one (1) of the following:
Code Class Units
SPA 050A Basic Conversational Spanish and Culture (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
SPA 050B Basic Conversational Spanish and Culture (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
HUM 016A Hispanic Roots and Culture (3.0 Lecture) 3.0

IMPORTANT NOTE: If a student places out of any core course(s) and is not awarded units for that course, the student will need to take additional units to compensate for the course/units required to reach at least 18 units in the major (Title 5 regulations). Suggested course substitutions include courses in List A not already selected, a Chicano/Latino studies, history, literature or film course, COM 012 or the following approved C-ID courses: C-ID ANTH 120, C-ID SOCI 110, C-ID SOCI 150, C-ID SOCI 140. 

Required Units for the Major

Required unts for the major 19.0-23.0
GE and electives as needed to reach 60 units.  
Total required units 60.0
Career/Transfer Opportunities

Spanish is the language of the majority of Western hemisphere countries and is also the fastest growing language in California. Students planning to work in the health industry, foreign service, hospitality, education, law or public service, information technology, agriculture, construction, knowledge of Spanish is an invaluable asset. A degree in Spanish is an excellent way to expand career opportunities.