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). Finally, the program includes a vocational component that is in the process of expansion. Two courses currently offered in this area are Medical Spanish and Spanish for the Work place.
The Spanish Program offers the possibility of studying abroad during the summer. The Study Abroad program provides students with the opportunity to experience and gain appreciation of Spanish or Hispanic culture while studying the language. The intensive language courses meet five days a week and are offered alternately in Salamanca, Spain and Guadalajara, Mexico every year.
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.
The Spanish program also offers a Spanish Medical Interpreter Certificate of Achievement. (Pending Approval by California Community Colleges State Chancellor’s Office). The SMICA is designed to train bilingual/bi-cultural students to become linguistically and culturally competent interpreters who can function effectively and efficiently in health care settings. Through academic preparation, practical skills training, and service in community based health care settings, you will learn roles and responsibilities of a health care interpreter; basic knowledge of common medical conditions, treatments, and procedures; insight into language and cultural nuances for specific communities; and application of interpreting skills in English and Spanish.