Welcome to the department of World Languages. Anne Arundel Community College is a leader among Maryland community colleges for the number of languages offered, as well as the knowledgeable and experienced faculty. Choose among the following languages in order to learn a language and explore other cultures:
- American Sign Language (ASL)
Our faculty includes six full-time instructors who teach American Sign Language, Arabic, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. We also draw on the talents of 25 part-time faculty who bring a wealth of knowledge, life experiences and teaching excellence to the classroom.
Advising for placement is accomplished through Counseling, Advising and Retention Services; however, the World Languages Department Chair is available to answer questions about individual courses.
A rule of thumb for self-advising is that one year of high school language is equivalent of one term of a college level language. It is not necessary to start with the first college level course if you have previous experience with the language. You may use your high school transcript or report card as documentation when you register for a language. The World Languages Department Chair may also sign your registration form if you wish to waive a prerequisite for a course.
Please see advising for information about how your AACC language course will transfer to another college or university. You may also use the ARTSYS software program to check for transferability.
The Truxal Library has a variety of untranslated literature in the permanent collection. You will find poetry, short stories, plays and novels in the languages you are studying. The staff at the Information Desk are pleased to help you locate these items. There are many language dictionaries in the Reference Area. Cassette tapes and CDs are available for use in the library and in some cases available for three-day checkout. Please take advantage of these learning tools.
For more information, contact Scott Cooper, World Languages department chair.