The ability to speak a second language fluently is an extremely useful skill in both everyday life and the workforce. We provide courses in five different languages: French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish. You will learn how to speak and write another language with the help of our fluent professors, a language lab, and a variety of software designed to improve your affinity for the language of your choice. Our courses satisfy second-language requirements for transfer to a university. Get started on learning a new language, or build on what you already know.
A foreign language is a different vision of life. —Federico Fellini
German is spoken by more than 100 million people as the official language of Germany, Austria, Luxemburg, Liechtenstein as well as one of the official languages of Switzerland. In addition, German is a major language used in business as well as history and the arts.
Sierra College currently offers two semesters of German in our program. In addition to the program here at Sierra College, we offer a study abroad program in Vienna.
Italian is spoken by more than 60 million people as the official language of Italy as well as one of the official languages of Switzerland. In addition, Italian is a major language used in business as well as history and the arts.
Sierra College currently offers three semesters of Italian in our program. In addition to the program here at Sierra College, we offer a study abroad program every other spring semester in Florence.
Japanese is spoken by more than 127 million people in Japan and in addition is a major language used in business and trade.
Sierra College currently offers the first two semesters of Japanese in our program.
Spanish is the official language of Spain and Equatorial Guinea, as well as the vast majority of Latin America.
Depending on the source, Spanish is one of the top five most widely spoken languages in the world. Due to the increasing immigration of Spanish speakers to the United States, Spanish has taken on an important role in our society and is widely used as a second language in the United States. In fact, the most recent data from the National Census in 2000 showed that more than 28 million people speak Spanish “most frequently at home."
This Associate in Arts in Spanish for Transfer (AA-T) degree provides a comprehensive foundation in the Spanish language. The degree ensures the development of listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills; examining important contributions to Spanish language literature; examining new ideas from the Spanish speaking world; and cultivating an openness to new ideas and an informed appreciation of Spanish speaking cultures.
The Associate in Arts in Spanish for Transfer degree (AA-T) prepares students to transfer into the CSU system to complete a bachelor’s degree in Spanish or a major deemed similar by a CSU campus. Students earning an associate degree for transfer and meeting the CSU minimum transfer admission requirements are guaranteed admission with junior standing to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Upon transfer, students will be required to complete no more than 60 additional prescribed units to earn a bachelor’s degree.
To earn the Associate in Arts in Spanish for Transfer degree, students must complete 60 CSU-transferable semester units with a minimum grade point average of 2.0, including both of the following:
It is highly recommended that, prior to transferring, students complete courses that satisfy the CSU United States History, Constitution and American Ideals graduation requirement. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.
Tutoring services are available and free of charge for all students currently enrolled in a language course at Sierra College. Students will need to coordinate their schedule with the student tutors in the Tutoring Center.
Every spring semester the Sierra College Study Abroad program offers students an opportunity to continue their studies while living in another country for three months.