Spanish pathway (AA)

Spanish pathway, AA

The Spanish program at Central Arizona College strives to provide students with the skills necessary to read, write, speak, and listen, as well as understand the cultural norms, values, beliefs and regional variations where Spanish is spoken. This pathway is designed to help students transfer to a university as a Spanish or Spanish Education major or provides them with a degree that is ideal as a double-major for many programs, as knowledge of Spanish assists with nearly all career opportunities.

Program Information


These beginning level courses are designed to provide a general background in the language and understanding of cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. We offer face to face, hybrid and online classes.


These Intermediate level courses are designed to provide a more nuanced study of the Spanish language and greater understanding of cultures of the Spanish-speaking world through film, music, news sources, literature and other expressions. These classes meet 100% online.

Why is it important to learn Spanish?

-There are over 400 million Spanish speakers world-wide.

-With more than 33 million speakers, Spanish is the second largest language in the United States.

-Hispanics are the largest minority in the United States, with the majority of them being Spanish speakers.

-Being able to speak Spanish greatly enhances your resume. Being a Spanish speaker will make you more competitive in the workplace.

-Given the increasing importance of trading with Latin American countries, Spanish speakers have additional career opportunities.

-Whether as a Spanish teacher or that of any discipline, you can make a difference in the field of education.

-Your ability to understand Spanish enables you to gain important insights which monolinguals cannot.

-As we grow older, our memory begins to fade. Learning a foreign language actually helps keep your memory sharp.

-You can travel to any Spanish-speaking country and really immerse yourself in the culture.

Related Courses

While Central Arizona College has a transfer pathway in Spanish, we also offer a strong curriculum in Sign Language. We strive to provide students with the skills necessary to understand and communicate in American Sign Language, as well as to understand the cultural norms, values, beliefs of the deaf and hard of hearing community.

Currently, the division offers transfer-level classes in Sign Language. The second year courses fulfill the AGEC- Global and Cultural Awareness credits.

Spanish Language Faculty

Michael Owens, M.A.
Signal Peak Campus, L110

Milagros Huang, M.A.
Adjunct Professor

Natalia Owens, M.A.
Adjunct Professor

Kimberly Musser-Quist, B.S.
Adjunct Professor
American Sign Language