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 Italian 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. ITA 101, 102, 201 or 202 also fulfill the Global Awareness (G) requirement for the AA and also ASU.

Students planning to major in Italian 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 Italian 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 Italian 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.

The minimum time to complete the Associate of Art degree is four full-time (15-16 credit hours) semesters for students who have no pre-existing college credit.

Currently, the program cost for an Associate of Art degree is approximately $5,288. This includes tuition and course fees for Italian courses. Books and course fees in other classes are not calculated. To assist our students with book costs, a two year textbook and online access code can be purchased, allowing the students to only have to make one book purchase for all four classes. This will save students several hundred dollars in book fees.

Program Code

8400 Associate of Arts (AA) - Pre-Majors/Transfer

Program Curriculum

  • Mapping scheduled for 2018-19 academic year

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Program Contacts

Albert Shank, Program Director and Advisor
Office: LC-318
Phone: (480) 425-6701

Department Office
Office: LC-305
Phone: (480) 423-6459
Fax: (480) 423-6469

Transfer Options

Arizona State University

  • Transfer Pathways
  • Any majors that have 2 or 4 semester language requirements
  • Italian (Tempe, West, ASU Online).
  • Italian majors may also obtain professional certificate in translation.

University of Arizona

  • Any majors that have 2 or 4 semester language requirements
  • Italian
Career Outlook

Students who complete their university language requirements are prepared to: communicate at either a basic or intermediate level in the Italian language and have a general knowledge of culture within the Italian speaking world.

According to Arizona State University’s School of International Letters and Cultures:

Careers that include languages:

  • foreign correspondent or media professional
  • foreign service officer
  • health professional
  • law and immigration professional
  • intelligence officer
  • international banking and finance professional
  • international business
  • language teacher
  • multilingual administrative professional
  • NGO professional
  • professor of language, literature and culture
  • social services professional
  • translator or interpreter
  • travel professional

Career fields in which knowledge of diverse languages and cultures is valuable include:

  • advertising, marketing or communications
  • airline industry
  • film, television or multimedia
  • hospitality industry
  • hotel and resort management
  • intelligence
  • international law
  • international education and study abroad administration
  • military
  • ministry

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career Growth* Median Salary*
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, ;Postsecondary 10.5% $72,230
Secondary School Teachers 7.5% $59,170
Interpreters and Translators 17.7% $47,190
Postsecondary Foreign Language and Literature Teachers 11.9% $65,010

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

Learning Opportunities

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