“To speak a language is to take on a world, a culture”. Frantz Fanon
“To have a language is to possess another soul”. Charlemagne
Not only in California but across the United States, knowledge of a foreign language is an invaluable asset that can open endless opportunities for personal and professional growth. Majors in world languages lead to successful careers in education, linguistics, journalism, law, business, translation, interpretation, international relations, human rights, arts, history, hospitality and non-profit organization to name a few.
Much more than satisfying a requirement for graduation, learning a language changes an individual for life. It broadens our reality, brings nuances to our thought process and enhances our critical thinking skills. In addition, it increases knowledge of our own language.
Being able to understand and communicate in a new language connects us to another culture and set of values. It prepares us to better understand and respect others as well as educating us to better know our own world. Knowing another language is a personal wealth that affords us relationships, careers and opportunities at a global level.
The World Languages discipline at Norco College offers courses in three languages: Chinese (CHI-1), French (FRE-1 and FRE-2), and Spanish (SPA-1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 11, 12, 13).
Career options for students who get a degree in a foreign language include: interpreter, air traffic assistant, banking correspondent, bilingual educator, travel agent, foreign diplomat, loan officer, copywriter, investment analyst, financial planner, and foreign correspondent.
On June 7, 2019, Commencement Student Speaker Angelica Gutierrez spoke to a graduating class of over 400 students and shared her inspirational story about resilience and courage. She talked about the struggles she faced coming to the US and being bullied for not knowing how to speak English.
Introverted by nature, Gutierrez recalls wanting to drop out of school, but she turned to her courage and continued to push through. She remembers reciting the following quote from Frank Ocean, “Work hard in silence, and let success make the noise!" Gutierrez was successful alright and graduated with four associate of arts degrees in Spanish, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Studies, and Communications. As of this writing, she was on her way to Cal State University, San Bernardino.
Academic Programs in World Languages
The academic maps below will give you an idea of the classes you need to take. However, please meet with a counselor to personalize your education plan.
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Suggested Initial Coursework
|Associate of Arts (AA) Degree - Area of Emphasis (AOE)
in Communication, Media and Languages - CSU Pathway
|Spanish for Transfer (ADT) - Pathways for Transfer to a CSU or UC School||MAP|
|What can I do with this major? (Foreign Language)||INFO|
|Riverside Community College District General Education (RCCD GE) Requirements (PLAN A)||INFO|
|California State University General Education (CSU GE) Requirements (PLAN B)|
For students who would like to transfer to a campus in the California State University (CSU) system
|Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) Requirements (PLAN C)|
For students who would like to transfer to a campus in either the California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC) system