The Spanish program is a strong and vibrant area of studies at Berkeley City College. The program offers a complete range of lower division courses and an Associate of Arts Degree and Certificate of Completion. It consistently offers not only introductory courses, such as Spanish 1a and 1b, but also intermediate level courses such as Spanish 2a and 2b, Spanish 15 (Composition) Spanish 38 and 39 (Literature) and 40 (Culture). Furthermore, the program offers six conversation courses, 30a and 30b (Beginning Conversational Spanish), 31a and 31b (Intermediate Conversational Spanish) and Spanish 10a and 10b (Advanced Conversational Spanish).
The program also prepares its students for transferring to a four-year institution and completing a Spanish major. It offers the foreign language component required by many institutions for transfer students and helps them to acquire a level of Spanish proficiency necessary for careers that emphasize the value of familiarity with diverse cultures and global issues. The courses Spanish 1a, 1b, 2a and 2b are fully articulated with the University of California at Berkeley. The only prerequisite for upper-division work in Spanish at Berkeley not offered at BCC is Spanish 25: Reading and Literary Analysis. The program at Berkeley City is in the process of creating this course in the near future.