Spanish Transfer Program

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The Spanish Department at South Suburban College (SSC) offers a variety of courses including Elementary/Intermediate Spanish, Conversational Spanish, Spanish/Latin American Literature and Culture, Spanish for Health Care Providers, and Spanish for Spanish Speakers. Most classes offered include a language lab component where students get extra practice with speaking, listening, and writing, and can submit assignments remotely online.


The mission of the Spanish Department at South Suburban College is to provide students with the linguistic tools to function in Spanish in today’s society. Students will be prepared for active and respectful engagement in the Spanish-speaking world within the United States and abroad as SSC students become global citizens.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

  • Students who complete courses through Spanish 204 can demonstrate an intermediate level of proficiency in Spanish in speaking, writing, listening and reading.
  • Students will be able participate in most informal and some formal conversations on topics related to school, home, and leisure activities. They will also speak about topics related to employment, current events, and matters of public and community interest.
  • Students will be able to meet basic work and/or academic writing needs. They will be able to demonstrate the ability to narrate, describe and express viewpoints about familiar topics
  • Students will be able to understand short conventional narrative and descriptive texts (spoken and/or written) such as descriptions of persons, places, and things, and narrations about past, present, and future events with a clear underlying structure.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Spanish and Latin American cultures including:
    • Recognize and describe the historical, social, economic, and political forces that shape society in the target culture;
    • Analyze and critique the aspects of the target culture (film, literature, art, popular culture, media) within their context


Recommended AA Transfer Curriculum for Spanish

This is only a suggested transfer program and might not be appropriate for every student. Some four-year institutions accept more than 62 credit hours in transfer to fulfill requirements in Spanish. Consult the Transfer Center for help in selecting courses appropriate for the program at the college or university where you plan to transfer.

Faculty are available during scheduled office hours to advise students about their courses and program. Peruse some of the offerings in the Department of Communications and Humanities.

Overview for College Success

Overview for College Success (OCS 121) is a course is designed to assist students in the navigation of becoming successful in college and life. Major topics include setting academic, career and personal goals; effective communication strategies; study skills; critical thinking; self-discovery; and learning styles. In addition, this course delves into topics such as stress management, diversity and other well-being topics. Students will develop educational and career plans, learn to utilize college resources and receive extensive help in course planning. OCS 121 credit is not calculated in the course minimum credit totals listed in this section.

Students must take OCS 121 if they meet one or more of the following:

  • First time degree seeking students.
  • Transfer student with less than 12 credit hours and no evidence of similar course on transcript.
  • Registering for 6 or more credits.
  • Test into 2 or more developmental classes.
  • Currently does not have OCS credit or registered for OCS.

Minimum General Education (39)

Overview for College Success CREDITS
OCS 121 Overview for College Success 1
Communications (9)
ENG 101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
ENG 102 Composition and Research 3
SPE 108 Oral Communication 3
Humanities and Fine Arts (9)
ENG 206
ENG 207
World Literature I
World Literature II
GROUP II Select from Humanities Electives
Students earning an Associate degree must meet the requirement for coursework on improving human relations as defined in Public Act 87-581.
Social and Behavioral Science (9)
GEO 101 Introduction to Geography 3
ANT 101 Anthropology 3
GROUP III Select from Social Science Electives
Students earning an Associate degree must meet the requirement for coursework on improving human relations as defined in Public Act 87-581.
Mathematics (3)
MTH 115
MTH 126
General Education Mathematics
Fundamentals of Statistics
Mathematics Elective
Physical and Life Science (7-8)
GROUP V Physical and Life Science Elective (Must include one lab) 7-8

Area of Concentration/Electives (25)

Consult the College & Career Success Center for help in selecting courses.

SPN 101 Elementary Spanish I 4
SPN 102 Elementary Spanish II 4
SPN 203 Intermediate Spanish I 4
SPN 204 Intermediate Spanish II 4
Minimum for AS Degree ##