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Foreign Languages

Orange Coast College
Program overview
4 semesters
Associate's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
Costa Mesa
31 January 2022

Costa Mesa
13 June 2022

Program description

Foreign Languages

The Associate in Arts in Foreign Languages Degree is an excellent way to develop communicative skills in multiple languages other than English as well as global and critical thinking. It can provide a basis for understanding cultures, and therefore, prepare graduates for many careers in a multicultural world. The ability to communicate and interact with others is more and more vital with growing global interdependence and technological connectivity. Students in the Associate in Arts in Foreign Language Degree can develop careers in areas such as: education, diplomatic services, anthropology, business, economics, fashion, political science, literature, sociology, and linguistics. While teaching has traditionally been the principal area of employment, other careers, such as interpreting, translating, research, public relations, international commerce, tourism, and publishing are possible.

The department offers courses from the beginning to intermediate levels. All courses are designed to develop the student’s listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing skills, as well as to provide a general overview of non-English speaking civilizations and cultures.

Admission requirements

  1. Unit Requirement - 60 UNITS, with at least a 2.0 grade point average. At least 12 of the units must be earned at OCC, with a minimum of one course taken for a letter grade. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the program must be completed at OCC. A student must be enrolled at the time of application for graduation. Units earned at an accredited college or university on a credit/no credit basis will be counted toward the degree requirements of the college, to a maximum of 15 units.
  2. Major Requirement - Complete the AA or AS major requirements as detailed in the Degree and Certificate section of this catalog.
  3. Mathematics Requirement - Demonstrate competence in mathematics by either obtaining a satisfactory grade (grade of “C” or better or“pass”) in a mathematics course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra as demonstrated by prior coursework, or by demonstrating competency that is comparable through the completion of a college-level math course that has Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite: Psychology A160 or Math A100 or higher, with the exception of Math A220.
  4. General Education Requirement - Students may choose to complete Option 1 (OCC AA GE), Option 1 (OCC AS GE), Option 2 (CSU GE), or Option 3 (IGETC) to satisfy the general education requirement. See the General Education Patterns section of this catalog for more information.
  5. Global and Multicultural Requirement (Required for AA degree only) Some of the courses listed in this requirement can also be used to meet General Education Requirements. Courses that are repeatable for credit can only be used once in this area. - Select one or more courses from the following totaling 3 units: Anthropology A100*, A100H*, A102*, A190*, Art A108*, Communication Studies A155*, Counseling A107*, A107H*, Dance A130*, A133*, A135*, A137*, A138*, Early Childhood A126, English A152*, A173*, Ethnic Studies A100*, A150*, Fashion A125, Food and Nutrition A185, Geography A185*, History A101*, A110*, A141, A142, A145,* A150*, A151*, A152*, A161*, A161H*, A162*, A162H*, Philosophy A120*, Psychology A105*, Religious Studies A110*, A120*, A140*, A150*, A160, Sociology A100*, A100H*, A115*, A150*, A190* *Denotes courses that fulfill CSU GE Breadth and/ or IGETC requirements.
  6. For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website

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Program content


  • Elementary French 1
  • Elementary French 1 Honors
  • Elementary French 2
  • Elementary French 2 Honors
  • Intermediate French 1
  • Intermediate French 1 Honors
  • Intermediate French 2
  • Intermediate French 2 Honors


  • Elementary German 1
  • Elementary German 2
  • Intermediate German 1
  • Intermediate German 2


  • Elementary Italian 1
  • Elementary Italian 2
  • Intermediate Italian 1
  • Intermediate Italian 2


  • Elementary Japanese 1
  • Elementary Japanese 2
  • Intermediate Japanese 1
  • Intermediate Japanese 2


  • Elementary Vietnamese 1
  • Elementary Vietnamese 2

Select at least one of the following: 1

  • Elementary Chinese 1
  • Elementary Chinese 2
  • Elementary Portuguese 1
  • Elementary Portuguese 2
  • Elementary Spanish 1
  • Elementary Spanish 2
  • Intermediate Spanish 1
  • Intermediate Spanish 2

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

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  1. Recognize and produce the target language(s) in the four primary areas of communication: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
  2. Demonstrate a better understanding and appreciation of the cultures related to the target language(s) by comparing and contrasting them with the student’s own culture(s).
  3. Use current technologies to further develop language and cultural competencies.

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Orange Coast College

Orange Coast College (OCC) is a 2-year community college located in Costa Mesa, California minutes from Disneyland Resort and California's most popular beaches. As a community college, OCC is accessible offering low-cost tuition and flexible admissions for programs leading to...

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Orange Coast College

2701 Fairview Road
92626 Costa Mesa California
United States of America

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