If the key to success is better understanding the world around you, what area of study would make more sense to pursue than world languages? Studying languages is not just about learning different tongues and dialects — it also teaches the intercultural skills necessary to be a contributing member of our local and global community.

Our experienced instructors will guide you through this intensive liberal arts program in world languages studies. Our humanities and foreign language courses will prepare you for further university studies, travels abroad, transitions into the workforce, or advancement in your current career. Possible and exciting roles you can work towards include interpreter, translator, speech-language pathology assistant, reporter, and instructor.

Make it happen. Take your first step toward enrolling in the World Languages program today.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

The "Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Japanese," as an Associate's degree program, is offered at the Mesa, Glendale, and Rio Salado campuses, but not at SCC.

Program Description

Students who plan to follow a major pathway that requires two or four semesters of a second language at any of the state universities are able to complete the language requirement at SCC both in person and online. Students working toward their pathway will earn the Associate of Arts, which prepares them for transfer to a four year program.

The credits that are earned for Spanish will count as elective credits in the Associate of Arts degree, so students can earn anywhere from 4-16 credits of elective credit, depending on their proficiency placement. SPA 201 or 202 also fulfill the Global Awareness (G) requirement for the AA and also ASU.

Students planning to major in Spanish have the opportunity to gain reading, speaking and writing proficiency in the language, and are exposed to the wide variety of cultures that exist in the Spanish speaking world. They will be able to participate in study abroad programs both within the Maricopa district in order to enhance their language learning and to learn about other cultures.

Students who wish to major in Spanish earn the Associate of Arts, which prepares them for transfer to a four-year program. If students follow the correct transfer path, they enter transfer partner universities as junior. Courses are available in-person (day and evening) and online. 

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Students who wish to study abroad may consider programs within the Maricopa Community Colleges.

Course Format

Classes are offered in a variety of formats: in-person, online, hybrid, day, evening, full-time and part-time.


Most of our courses use low-cost textbooks or no cost material provided by your instructors. General education courses may have textbooks that cost more.