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Foreign Languages

PROGRAMS OFFERED

Foreign Languages is now part of the Language Arts Division

 

Speaking another language can greatly enhance your career and social opportunitites and give you a better understanding of other people and their cultures. West offers Associate degrees in Spanish and French. We also offer courses in Arabic, Spanish, French and Japanese. 

 

The Associate Degree in French
(Major Code 1102.00)

The Associate Degree program in French enables a student to transfer to a baccalaureate program at a four-year institution. Professional opportunities with such a curriculum could lead to a career in foreign trade, travel, translating, teaching, and government (especially in the State Department). French also provides valuable background for those pursuing studies in Art, Music, Cinema, and Literature. Students who wish to obtain an associate degree in French may do so by completing the course requirements listed below plus all other WLAC requirements for an associate degree. Transfer students should consult the Counseling Office for major preparation and general education requirements of the particular transfer institution of their choice. Transfer students who want to also obtain an Associate Degree may do so by completing all WLAC general education requirements plus at least 18 units in the major as required by the transfer institution (a total of 60 units for an Associate Degree).

(21 Units Plan A)

REQUIRED COURSES

  • FRENCH 1 Elementary French I 5
  • FRENCH 2 Elementary French II 5
  • FRENCH 3 Intermediate French I 5
  • FRENCH 4 Intermediate French II 5
  • FRENCH 101 French Language Laboratory 1

TOTAL UNITS 21

  • RECOMMENDED
    • ENG 203 World Literature I 3
    • FRENCH 10 French Civilization 3
    • HUMAN 31 People in Contemporary Society 3

 

The Associate Degree in Spanish (Major Code 1105.00)

The Associate Degree program in Spanish enables a student to transfer into a Baccalaureate program at a four-year institution. In addition, this curriculum generates and upgrades professional opportunities in business, industry, education, and government, as well as provides personal enrichment in understanding Spanish language and culture. Students who wish to obtain an Associate degree in Spanish may do so by completing the course requirements listed below plus all other WLAC requirements for an Associate degree.

Transfer students should consult the Counseling Office for major preparation and general education requirements of the particular transfer institution of their choice. Transfer students who want to also obtain an Associate Degree may do so by completing all WLAC general education requirements, plus at least 18 units in the major as required by the transfer institution (a total of 60 units for an Associate Degree).

(18 Units, Plan A)

REQUIRED COURSES

  • SPANISH 1 Elementary Spanish I 5

  • SPANISH 2 Elementary Spanish II 5

  • SPANISH 3 Intermediate Spanish I 5
  • SPANISH 8 Conversational Spanish 2
  • SPANISH 101 Spanish Language Laboratory 1

TOTAL UNITS 18

  • RECOMMENDED
    • ENGLISH 204 World Literature II 3

CAREER OPPORTUNITITES

Industry and Commerce

  • Overseas sales representative
  • Overseas manager
  • Overseas researcher
  • U.S.-based import/export officer or investment specialist
  • Interpreter
  • Translator
  • Technical writer/translator

Academic and Professional

  • International lawyer
  • Medical researcher
  • Health care professional
  • Academic researcher
  • Librarian
  • International researcher
  • UNESCO project worker
  • Translator
  • Interpreter
  • Foreign language/Bilingual teacher

Service

  • Employee of overseas non-governmental organization
  • United Nations agency and project employee
  • UN translator/interpreter
  • Overseas medical or agricultural worker
  • Peace Corps volunteer
  • Missionary
  • Social worker

U.S. Government

  • Immigration/Customs official
  • Staff /Faculty at overseas U.S. school
  • Foreign Embassy staff
  • Overseas broadcast staff
  • State Department staff/ Armed forces staff
  • Translator
  • Interpreter
  • Intelligence Agent

Arts, Media, Entertainment

  • Journalist
  • Foreign/overseas correspondent
  • Film producer
  • Art dealer
  • Overseas manager
  • Translator/interpreter

Travel and Tourism

  • U.S. based travel agent
  • U.S. hotel staff
  • U.S. tour guide for foreign visitors
  • Writer of tourist literature
  • International airline employee
  • International hotel staff
  • International tour guide