World Languages, Associate in Arts

Program Code: 0210


If you’d love to change the world, but you don’t know what to do–speak its languages! In this interdisciplinary pathway you will have the chance to study everything from Communications to Fine Art, human behavior to geography and anthropology, political science to philosophy–and of course, the languages the world speaks. In our global economy, this pathway is the first step toward a bachelor’s degree which will prepare you for a career in international business, banking, government service, interpreting, or travel. World language study is also vital to jobs in healthcare professions like nursing, emergency services, criminal justice and social work.

This is an example course sequence for students interested in pursuing World Languages. This does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If this pathway is followed as outlined, you will earn an AA degree. One course will satisfy the Human Diversity (HD) requirement, and is labeled with an (HD) in the sequence below. Following this pathway will help you get your associate degree, which will increase your chances of transfer to Bachelor’s-level programs of study. Choose Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) courses to fulfill general education requirements whenever possible. Visit and speak with your college advisor to learn more about IAI.

We strongly recommended that you complete the language sequence in consecutive semesters. If you wait a semester or more for the second course, you risk not being able to continue as prepared as possible in your language of interest.

Semester-by-Semester Program Plan for Full-Time Students

All plans can be modified to fit the needs of part-time students by adding more semesters.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
ENGLISH 101 Composition 1 3
Humanities course 1 3
Fine Arts course 1 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences course 1 3
World Language course 2 4
Semester 2
ENGLISH 102 Composition 1 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences course (HD) 1 3
Life Sciences course 1 4
SPEECH 101 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 1 3
World Language course 2 4
Semester 3
World Language course 2 4
MATH 118 General Education Math (or higher Mathematics course) 1 4
Fine Arts & Humanities course 1 3
Culture or History course relevant to language study 2 3
Semester 4
World Language course 2 4
Physical Sciences course 1 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences course 1 3
Any 200-level course in the language of study 2 3
 Total Hours60

General Education requirement


Pathway Elective

Pathway Electives

Choose electives based on the recommendations of your top transfer institution.

City Colleges of Chicago offers courses in the following languages:

  • Arabic: DA, OH, TR, WR
  • Chinese: HW, MX
  • French: DA, HW, KK, MX, OH, TR, WR
  • Italian: DA, HW
  • Japanese: HW
  • Latin: KK, WR
  • Polish: WR
  • Spanish: DA, HW, KK, MX, OH, TR, WR

Recommended electives may vary by transfer institution. Choose your courses with your College Advisor.

Institution-specific transfer guides and agreements can be found on CCC's transfer site.