New Spanish Transfer Pathway A.A. Degree

Pursue your love of all things Spanish and transfer to a four-year school with junior status

Inver Hills Community College is offering a new Spanish Transfer Pathway Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree starting fall semester 2021. The A.A. degree offers you a powerful option: the opportunity to complete a two-year degree with course credits that allow you to transfer as a junior to designated Spanish bachelor’s degree programs at Minnesota State universities.

The Spanish Transfer Pathway consists of the Required Pathway Curriculum, the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC), the Health and Physical Fitness Requirement, and electives that bring your credit total to 60. All courses in the Transfer Pathway directly transfer and apply to designated bachelor’s degree programs in the field.

A new language is a new life.

— Persian proverb

Steve Hartaub, PhD, an instructor in the Spanish and French departments at Inver Hills, reported that the new Spanish Transfer Pathway A.A. is a smart choice for students who love studying languages and are interested in enhancing their proficiency in Spanish.

“Students who complete the Spanish Transfer Pathway A.A. will be prepared to succeed in future study at the upper-division level,” Steve said. “They will have language skills and cultural knowledge that can be applied to nearly any career.”

Barbara Curchack, PhD, serves as dean of liberal arts at Inver Hills. Dr. Curchack pointed out that language studies are typically mandatory at major colleges and universities. “The Spanish Transfer Pathway A.A. is an excellent choice for students intending to transfer to the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, where two full years of a language are required for graduation,” she said.

Transfer Pathways

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With this transfer pathway, you will be able to transfer to the following majors:

New Spanish certificate

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Inver Hills is also offering a new 13-credit Spanish certificate attesting that the holder possesses at least an intermediate-level command of the Spanish language as well as a broad familiarity with and appreciation for the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

The certificate is particularly helpful if you’re pursuing careers in the following fields:

  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Sales
  • Hospitality
  • Government
  • Law enforcement
  • Social work

Spanish Certificate Core Curriculum

SPAN 2201: Intermediate Spanish I: 5 credits
SPAN 2202: Intermediate Spanish II: 5 credits
HUM 1140: Latin American Culture and Civilization: 3 credits
— or —
ANTH 2110: Peoples and Cultures of Latin America: 3 credits

Total: 13 credits

More about Spanish studies at Inver Hills…

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The Spanish department at Inver Hills offers a rich selection of lower-division courses, from beginning to conversational to intermediate Spanish. Our experienced instructors lead you to a valuable level of proficiency and cultural understanding in a stimulating and supportive environment. Learning is enhanced through a communicative approach, multimedia technology, the Spanish Club and study abroad opportunities.

Spanish is the mother tongue of nearly 480 million people worldwide; only Mandarin with 960 million ranks higher for native speakers. The United States has nearly 45 million native Spanish speakers with another 15 million people with some Spanish fluency (more people speak Spanish in the U.S. than in Spain).

Countries that use Spanish as an official language include Mexico, Spain, nine South American countries, five central American countries, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Equatorial Guinea.

Spanish is an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), Interpol, the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Union of South American Nations (USAN).

You will discover that learning Spanish not only provides practical life and career skills, but also gives you new perspectives on the world. You can use your coursework to satisfy electives and program requirements, cultivate personal interests, or continue on to major or minor in Spanish at a four-year college or university. Language is a requirement for many liberal arts bachelor’s degrees.

Spanish Faculty: Steve Hartlaub, PhD

Steven Hartlaub, PhD, teaches Spanish and French courses at Inver Hills. Steve started teaching at the college in August 2001. He has more than 25 years of experience teaching language studies at the college level.

Steve has a Ph.D. and M.A. in French Language and Literature from the University of Iowa. He earned his B.A. in French from the University of St. Thomas. He completed 80 hours of upper-level Spanish at the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain as well as 20 graduate credits in Spanish at Hamline University.

Learn more about the new Spanish Transfer Pathway A.A. at Inver Hills by contacting:

Steven Hartlaub, PhD
Spanish and French Faculty and Coordinator

Admissions Team
College Center

Cuenca, Spain

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