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World Languages


Pursue your interest in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, German, and Spanish languages and cultures at TCC and turn your passion into a college degree.

Whether you choose to major in a world language at a 4-year institution or pursue any other professional or academic pathway, acquiring communication skills in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, German, or Spanish can make a tremendous difference in your professional career. TCC's world languages program provides you a direct pathway toward successful transfer into a bachelor program.  Our faculty are committed to helping you reach your individual academic and professional goals.

Begin with an Associate in Arts degree with direct transfer into a Bachelor program in World Languages. 

TCC offers the Associate in Arts (AA) degree with a world languages track.  The Associate in Arts degree is a Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program (DTA/MRP) and prepares students to transition successfully into a Bachelor’s degree at Washington State 4-year universities.

Graduate with a competitive edge; Communicate effectively across languages and cultures.         

There are two major career paths for foreign language majors: the foreign language specialist, and other professions in which knowledge of foreign languages is a decided asset.

  • The world language specialist: For the world language specialist, thorough training in a foreign language is indispensable. He or she translates, interprets, or teaches in one or more foreign languages. The specialist possesses and uses a knowledge of the literature, culture, and history of the country or minority community in which the language is used, so he or she is aware of aspects such as sociolinguistics and the effect of culture on language that go considerably beyond basic communication. Besides language teachers in educational institutions, language specialists are required in diplomatic and government service, the travel industry, and international business, just to mention a few.
  • Foreign languages + other professions: In many other professions, knowledge of one or more foreign languages greatly enhances job qualifications. Many employers actively seek potential employees with second language skills since their company or organization constantly needs to communicate with speakers of other languages. Social services, health and medical services, business and trade, the travel industry, the legal profession and law enforcement are just a few examples of professions in which foreign language skills are actively sought out by employers. Many of our students have expressed their excitement at being able to use their language skills on the job.  Source: https://harding.edu



Associate in Arts  (Option A) The Associate in Arts degree – world languages track is a 90 credit hour program that enables you to transfer as a junior to a Bachelor’s program at a Washington state university.


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Program Overview: Academic Program Information, Associate Degree Options

Academic Program: Academic Program, Degree Planning and Advising, Curriculum, Bachelor Degree and Transfer Options

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*      World Languages Program Chair: Bruno Arzola-Padilla

*      World Languages Faculty Advisor Team: Bruno Arzola-Padilla and Sonia Llacer

*      Dean for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: Dr. Yvonne Unnold

*      Administrative Specialist: Denise Levine

*      Faculty Support: Deborah Lewis


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