Liberal Arts AA– World Languages and Cultures Option


The World Languages and Cultures option develops students’ appreciation for other cultures and other ways of living and thinking, and prepares students to live and work in an increasingly interdependent world.  In addition to language courses, students are encouraged to take regional/cultural studies courses and participate in a study abroad program.  It prepares students to transfer to a four year school to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in a variety of areas including Area Studies, Languages and Literature, Translation and Interpretation, International Relations, Public Policy, Political Science, Social Sciences, Social Work, Education, and Linguistics.

The study of world languages offers opportunities in multiple career fields in occupations such as: Teaching, research, translation and interpretation, public service, counseling, social work, advocacy, publishing, campaign management, journalism and business leadership among others.

Students are strongly encouraged to participate in a study abroad program while earning credits toward their degree. It is recommended that students investigate this opportunity early in their course selection.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate listening, speaking/signing, reading and writing skills.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of traditions, customs and beliefs related to the target language
  • Link information about the target language and cultures to other disciplines.
  • Compare and contrast language and cultural concepts with one's own language and culture.

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

LAN  Language Elective 3
COM Communication Elective: Choose COM-100 or COM-102   3
MAT  Mathematics Elective
One 4-cr Mathematics or [One 3 cr Math + One 1-cr INF (INF-102)]
  Free Elective *  3
WRT-101English Composition I


Total Credit Hours:16

Second Semester

LAN  Language Elective 3
HIS  History Elective   3

Social Science Elective: 
Recommended SOC-101, SOC-222, GEO-101, or ANT-101

WRT-201English Composition II


Total Credit Hours:12

Third Semester

  Humanities Elective
Recommended: LIT-203, LIT-204, LIT-223, or LIT-224
  Humanities Elective*** (ART, MUS, THR, CIN, PHR, or LIT)  3
  Social Sciences Elective
Recommended: SOC-101, SOC-222, GEO-101, or ANT-101
LAN  Language Elective   3
  Natural Science Elective (BIO, CHM, or PHY) 4
Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth Semester

LAN  Language Elective* 3
  Natural Science Elective*** (BIO, CHM, or PHY) 4
HIS  History Elective 3
  Diversity Requirement 3
  Free Elective  3
Total Credit Hours:16

General Education Requirements


COM-100Speech Communication



COM-102Public Speaking


WRT-101English Composition I


WRT-201English Composition II


Total Credit Hours:9

History Electives

Two general education courses in History (HIS)

Total Credit Hours:6


  LAN Electives* 6
  General Education Humanities course (but not in History [HIS] & not in World Languages and Cultures [LAN]).**** 3
Total Credit Hours:9

Social Sciences

Two general education courses selected from the following fields: Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Anthropology (ANT). Sociology (SOC-101 or SOC-222), Anthrolpology (ANT-101)



Total Credit Hours:6

Mathematics, Natural Science, and Technology***

One 4-cr Mathematics or [One 3 cr Math + One 1-cr INF]
Two general education courses selected from: Biology (BIO), Checkistry (CHM), or Physical Sciences (PHY)

Total Credit Hours:12

Diversity Course

Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 45

Program Requirements

4 LAN classes are required: Select 4 of one language or 2 each of 2 different languages

Total Credit Hours:9

Free Electives*

Total Credit Hours:6

Total Credit Hours: 60

Specific Program Notes

Students are encouraged to take their courses in semester sequence order.

Please note that required courses may have prerequisites. Click on each course to view details.

**General Education Electives

* IST-123 will fulfill 3 Free Electives for students who place into the course