2018-2019 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jun 13, 2024  
2018-2019 Catalog and Student Handbook [Archived Catalog]

Foreign Language, A.A.

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Major in Tennessee Transfer Pathway with Emphasis in Foreign Language (A.A.)

Program and Career Description:

The Foreign Language emphasis is a two-year program for students planning to complete a bachelor's degree at a four year school. Trained language interpreters and translators have job opportunities in a wide range of fields, including translating documents, conference interpreters, judiciary interpreters, and medical translators as well as teachers and professors in higher education. Most jobs are found in large urban areas like Washington D.C. Examples of jobs and salaries for some occupations are as follows.

Career Entry-Level Education Entry-Level Pay Median Pay Experienced Pay
Interpreters and Translators Bachelor's degree $24,450 $36,070 $49,800
Postsecondary Teacher Master's degree; many require PhD $17,660 $39,180 $64,990
Travel Agent HS diploma; additional formal training preferred $26,720 $38,230 $47,080

Career and salary information taken from JOBS4TN.GOV. Check out this website for additional information about job descriptions, education requirements and abilities, and supply and demand for these careers. For additional information from a national perspective, go to Bureau of Labor Statistics, U. S. Department of Labor on the internet at www.bls.gov. Visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook on this website. Salaries are not guaranteed.

Transfer Options

This program is a Tennessee Transfer Pathway (TTP) major. A student who completes the associates degree in this major is guaranteed that all required community college courses will be accepted in this major at the transfer institution. To see which four-year institutions offer this TTP major and guarantees a seamless transfer, visit the Tennessee Transfer Pathway website at www.tntransferpathway.org.

Articulation agreements exist between other private and non-TN public institutions. These agreements are available at www.columbiastate.edu/admissions/transfer-information.

Program Requirements

Students may be required to take additional Learning Support courses.

Major Required Courses

Requirements for Graduation Include:

  • earning 25% of total program credits in residence at Columbia State.
  • earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • taking the Exit Exam.

If you have completed TN eCampus courses, run a degree audit from the student tab in myChargerNet to determine how these courses apply to this program.

Foreign Language, A.A. Sample Academic Plan - Total Credit Hours: 60

First Year - Fall Semester - Total Credit Hours: 16

First Year - Spring Semester - Total Credit Hours: 15

Second Year - Fall Semester - Total Credit Hours: 16

  • Literature Requirement Credit(s): 3
  • History Requirement Credit(s): 3
  • Natural Science Requirement Credit(s): 4
  • Intermediate Foreign Language I Credit(s): 3
  • Elective Credit(s): 3 *

Second Year - Spring Semester - Total Credit Hours: 13

  • Natural Science Requirement Credit(s): 4
  • History Requirement Credit(s): 3
  • Intermediate Foreign Language II Credit(s): 3
  • Electives Credit(s): 3 *


*Note: An elective can be any college-level course.

Please check websites of university departments of foreign language for additional information regarding advisement available to students majoring in foreign language.

For more information contact:
Ana Basoa-McMillan at
abasoamcmillan@columbiastate.edu or 931.540.2876
Humanities & Social Sciences Division office at 931.540.2780

Columbia State Community College, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educational institution. CoSCC- FOR LANG-02-14-18

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