Learn how to comprehend and communicate in a new language while acquiring cultural knowledge that will improve your interpersonal relations and enrich your global perspective.

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A student who majors in a language will be able to successfully comprehend and communicate with speakers of that language. Additionally, a student will acquire cultural understanding and expand their global point of view. Language study also benefits creative thought and mental flexibility. Majoring in a language increases job opportunities in many areas: education, translation and interpreting, tourism and hospitality, public health, business, sales, law enforcement, national security, international relations, among others.

Program Length

Four semesters.

Transfer Options

A student who follows this course of study will be ready to transfer to any UC, CSU, many out-of-state colleges and universities, and private institutions. IVC has transfer agreements with UCI (TAG), UCLA (TAP) and CSUs (AA-T).

Program Specific Support

A student taking a language course will have access to free in-person tutoring in Japanese, Sign Language, and Spanish, and free online tutoring in Spanish. Additionally, students may have opportunities to participate in on campus clubs and conversational groups.

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Your success is our priority! Whether you are just starting, in the middle of, or completing your time at IVC, we have a team of people in your corner to help keep you on-track to reach your goals at IVC and beyond! 

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Transfer Options, Degrees and/or Certificates

Sample Academic Plans

  • This is only a sample academic plan.  Some UC majors may have additional required or recommended courses for transfer. Please see a counselor to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
FR 1 or 1HBeginning French I or I Honors6 & Major5
WR 1College Writing 11A4
MATH 10* Introduction to Statistics2A3
COMM 1Communication Fundamentals1C3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
FR 2Beginning French II3B & Major5
WR 2College Writing Critical Thinking 1B4
ArtsArts GE Course 3A3
Social Science**Social and Behavioral Sciences GE Course43
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
FR 3Intermediate French I3B & Major5
Physical SciencePhysical Science GE Course5A3
Social Science**Social and Behavioral Sciences GE Course43
Major/ElectiveUC Transfer Major or Elective CourseVarious 3
Transfer ElectiveUC Transfer Elective (Courses 1-99)1
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
FR 4Intermediate French IIMajor5
Social Science**Social and Behavioral Sciences GE Course43
Biological ScienceBiological Science GE Course5B3
Biological Science LabBiological Science Lab5C1
Major/ElectiveUC Transfer Major or Elective CourseVarious 3
  1. Students can take Math 10 or any other math course that meets the UC math transfer requirement in IGETC GE Area 2A.
  2. Students are required to take courses from two different categories in IGETC GE Area 4. Please refer to the IGETC GE Pattern for details.
  • Note: This sample academic plan does not account for the Language Other than English requirement necessary to meet Full IGETC Certification.
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Some CSU majors may have additional required or recommended courses for transfer. Please see a counselor to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
FR 1 or 1HBeginning French I or I HonorsC2 & Major5
WR 1College Writing 1A24
MATH 10* Introduction to StatisticsB43
Learning & Self Dev.Lifelong Learning and Self Development GE CourseE3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
FR 2Beginning French IIC2 & Major5
Critical ThinkingCritical Thinking GE CourseA33-4
COMM 1Communication FundamentalsA13
ArtsArts GE Course C13
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
FR 3Intermediate French IMajor5
HIST 20 or HIST 21American History CourseD3
Physical SciencePhysical Science GE CourseB13
Science LabPhysical Science LabB31
Social ScienceSocial Science GE CourseD3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
FR 4Intermediate French IIMajor5
FR 10Intermediate Conversational FrenchMajor3
PS 1American GovernmentD3
Social ScienceLife Science GE CourseB23
Transfer ElectiveCSU Transferable Elective (Courses 1-199)2
  1. Students can take Math 10 or any other math course that meets the CSU math transfer requirement in CSU GE Area B4.
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
FR 1 or 1HBeginning French I or I Honors7 & Major5
WR 1College Writing 11A4
MATH Math GE Course23-5
Lifelong Health*Lifelong Health and Personal Development GE Course9 A/B/C3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
FR 2Beginning French IIMajor5
Critical ThinkingCritical Thinking1C3-4
COMM 1Communication Fundamentals1B3
American InstitutionsAmerican Institutions GE Course83
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
FR 3Intermediate French IMajor5
Social SciencesSocial Sciences GE Course43
HumanitiesHumanities GE Course63
Lifelong Health*Lifelong Health and Personal Development GE Course9 A/B/C1
Natural SciencesNatural Sciences GE Course33
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
FR 4Intermediate French IIMajor5
FR 10Intermediate Conversational FrenchMajor3
Cultural DiversityCultural Diversity GE Course53
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)2
  1. Take one course from two different categories among GE areas 9A, 9B, and 9C. Please refer to the AA GE pattern for details.

*Students may be eligible for one or more AA/AS/AA-T/AS-T degrees if they complete a GE transfer pattern, have specific courses, and have 60 transferable units. Please see a counselor for degree options and advisement.

  • This is only a sample academic plan.  Some UC majors may have additional required or recommended courses for transfer. Please see a counselor to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
JA 1 or 1HBeginning Japanese I or I Honors6 & Major5
WR 1College Writing 11A4
MATH 10* Introduction to Statistics2A3
COMM 1Communication Fundamentals1C3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
JA 2 or 2HBeginning Japanese II or II Honors (JA 2H Spring Only)3B & Major5
WR 2College Writing Critical Thinking 1B4
ArtsArts GE Course 3A3
Social Science**Social and Behavioral Sciences GE Course43
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
JA 3Intermediate Japanese I3B & Major5
Physical SciencePhysical Science GE Course5A3
Social Science**Social and Behavioral Sciences GE Course43
Major/ElectiveUC Transfer Major or Elective CourseVarious 3
Transfer ElectiveUC Transfer Elective (Courses 1-99)1
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
JA 4Intermediate Japanese II (JA 4 Spring Only)Major5
Social Science**Social and Behavioral Sciences GE Course43
Biological ScienceBiological Science GE Course5B3
Biological Science LabBiological Science Lab5C1
Major/ElectiveUC Transfer Major or Elective CourseVarious 3
  1. Students can take Math 10 or any other math course that meets the UC math transfer requirement in IGETC GE Area 2A.
  2. Students are required to take courses from two different categories in IGETC GE Area 4. Please refer to the IGETC GE Pattern for details.
  • Note: This sample academic plan does not account for the Language Other than English requirement necessary to meet Full IGETC Certification.
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Some CSU majors may have additional required or recommended courses for transfer. Please see a counselor to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
JA 1 or 1HBeginning Japanese I or I HonorsC2 & Major5
WR 1College Writing 1A24
MATH 10* Introduction to StatisticsB43
Learning & Self DevLifelong Learning and Self Development GE CourseE3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
JA 2 or 2HBeginning Japanese II or II Honors (JA 2H Spring Only)C2 & Major5
Critical ThinkingCritical Thinking GE CourseA33-4
COMM 1Communication FundamentalsA13
ArtsArts GE Course C13
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
JA 3Intermediate Japanese IMajor5
JA 10 Intermediate Conversational Japanese (JA 10 Fall Only)Major3
Physical Science LabPhysical Science GE CourseB13
Science LabPhysical Science LabB31
Social ScienceSocial Science GE CourseD3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
JA 4Intermediate Japanese II (JA 4 Spring Only)Major5
HIST 20 or HIST 21American History CourseD3
PS 1American GovernmentD3
Life ScienceLife Science GE CourseB23
Transfer ElectiveCSU Transferable Elective (Courses 1-199)2
  1. Students can take Math 10 or any other math course that meets the CSU math transfer requirement in CSU GE Area B4.
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
JA 1 or 1HBeginning Japanese I or I Honors7 & Major5
WR 1College Writing 11A4
MATH Math GE Course23-5
Lifelong Health*Lifelong Health and Personal Development GE Course93
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
JA 2 or 2HBeginning Japanese II or II Honors (JA 2H Spring Only)Major5
Critical ThinkingCritical Thinking1C3-4
COMM 1Communication Fundamentals1B3
American InstitutionsAmerican Institutions GE Course83
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
JA 3Intermediate Japanese IMajor5
JA 10Intermediate Conversational Japanese (JA 10 Fall Only)Major3
Social SciencesSocial Sciences GE Course43
Lifelong Health*Lifelong Health and Personal Development GE Course91
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
JA 4Intermediate Japanese II (JA 4 Spring Only)Major5
Natural SciencesNatural Sciences GE Course33
Cultural DiversityCultural Diversity GE Course53
HumanitiesHumanities GE Course63
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)2
  1. Take one course from two different categories among GE areas 9A, 9B, and 9C. Please refer to the AA GE pattern for details.

*Students may be eligible for one or more AA/AS/AA-T/AS-T degrees if they complete a GE transfer pattern, have specific courses, and have 60 transferable units. Please see a counselor for degree options and advisement.

  • This is only a sample academic plan.  Some UC majors may have additional required or recommended courses for transfer. Please see a counselor to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
SPAN 1 or 1HBeginning Spanish I or I Honors (SPAN 1H Fall Only)6 & Major5
WR 1College Writing 11A4
MATH 10* Introduction to Statistics2A3
COMM 1Communication Fundamentals1C3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
SPAN 2 or 2HBeginning Spanish II or II Honors (SPAN 2H Spring Only)3B & Major5
WR 2College Writing Critical Thinking 1B4
ArtsArts GE Course 3A3
Social Science**Social and Behavioral Sciences GE Course43
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
SPAN 3Intermediate Spanish I3B & Major5
Biological ScienceBiological Science GE Course5B3
Social Science**Social and Behavioral Sciences GE Course43
Major/ElectiveTransfer Major or Elective CourseVarious 3
Transfer ElectiveUC Transfer Elective (Courses 1-99)1
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
SPAN 4Intermediate Spanish II (SPAN 4 Spring Only)Major5
SPAN 10 Intermediate Conversational Spanish (SPAN 10 Spring Only)Major3
Social Science**Social and Behavioral Sciences GE Course43
Physical SciencePhysical Science GE Course5A3
Physical Science LabPhysical Science Lab5C1
  1. Students can take Math 10 or any other math course that meets the UC math transfer requirement in IGETC GE Area 2A.
  2. Students are required to take courses from two different categories in IGETC GE Area 4. Please refer to the IGETC GE Pattern for details.
  • Note: This sample academic plan does not account for the Language Other than English requirement necessary to meet Full IGETC Certification.
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Some CSU majors may have additional required or recommended courses for transfer. Please see a counselor to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
SPAN 1 or 1HBeginning Spanish I or I Honors (SPAN 1H Fall Only)C2 & Major5
WR 1College Writing 1A24
MATH 10* Introduction to StatisticsB43
Learning and Self DevLifelong Learning and Self Development GE CourseE3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
SPAN 2 or 2HBeginning Spanish II or II Honors (SPAN 2H Spring Only)C2 & Major5
Critical ThinkingCritical Thinking GE CourseA33-4
COMM 1Communication FundamentalsA13
ArtsArts GE Course C13
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
SPAN 3Intermediate Spanish IMajor5
HIST 20 or HIST 21American History CourseD3
Physical SciencePhysical Science GE CourseB13
Science LabPhysical Science LabB31
Social ScienceSocial Science GE CourseD3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
SPAN 4Intermediate Spanish II (SPAN 4 Spring Only)Major5
SPAN 10Intermediate Conversational Spanish (SPAN 10 Spring Only)Major3
PS 1American GovernmentD3
Life ScienceLife Science GE CourseB23
Transfer ElectiveCSU Transferable Elective (Courses 1-199)2
  1. Students can take Math 10 or any other math course that meets the CSU math transfer requirement in CSU GE Area B4.
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
SPAN 1 or 1HBeginning Spanish I or I Honors (SPAN 1H Fall Only)7 & Major5
WR 1College Writing 11A4
MATH Math GE Course23-5
Lifelong Health*Lifelong Health and Personal Development GE Course9 A/B/C3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
SPAN 2 or 2HBeginning Spanish II or II Honors (SPAN 2H Spring Only)Major5
COMM 1Communication Fundamentals1B3
Critical ThinkingCritical Thinking1C3-4
American InstitutionsAmerican Institutions GE Course83
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
SPAN 3Intermediate Spanish IMajor5
Social SciencesSocial Sciences GE Course43
Cultural DiversityCultural Diversity GE Course53
Lifelong Health*Lifelong Health and Personal Development GE Course9 A/B/C1
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
SPAN 4Intermediate Spanish II (SPAN 4 Spring Only)Major5
SPAN 10 Intermediate Conversational Spanish (SPAN 10 Spring Only)Major3
Natural SciencesNatural Sciences GE Course33
HumanitiesHumanities GE Course63
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)2
  1. Take one course from two different categories among GE areas 9A, 9B, and 9C. Please refer to the AA GE pattern for details.

*Students may be eligible for one or more AA/AS/AA-T/AS-T degrees if they complete a GE transfer pattern, have specific courses, and have 60 transferable units. Please see a counselor for degree options and advisement.

  • AA = Associate of Arts
  • AS = Associate of Science
  • AA-T = Associate of Arts for Transfer
  • AS-T = Associate of Science for Transfer
  • COA = Certificate of Achievement
  • COP = Certificate of Proficiency

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