About Pilipino

Pilipino is recognized as the third most commonly spoken foreign language in the City and County of San Francisco.

Knowledge of Pilipino is a welcome skill in most jobs in the state of California. Filipino Americans comprise the third-largest immigrant population in the United States.  The Certificate of Accomplishment and Pilipino language studies can be used in many fields. It may help in effective communications in various contexts, such as the workplace, social settings, community events and interpersonal situations. It may be particularly helpful for those who work in an educational or health setting.

Explore Potential Careers

Studying Pilipino can lead to a variety of different jobs or career paths. Below are just some of the many options you will have!

  • Education 
  • Social Work
  • Interpreter/Translator
  • Community Advocate / Non-Profit Sector
  • Cultural Worker/Artist
  • Public Relations
  • International Relations
  • Public Policy
  • Global Entrepreneurship

Program Options 

Click on the degree or certificate you're interested in earning to see a sample map of courses to take to complete your goal from start to finish.

Please note that the course maps provided are just an example to help you get started. Please meet with a counselor to personalize the plan to you and your Academic goals.

View Requirements in College Catalog

Required core courses:

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
PIL 1 Elementary Filipino (Tagalog) 5  
PIL 2 Continuation of Elementary Pilipino 5  

Total Units: 10 

Choose at least 5 units from the following elective courses:

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
PIL 10A Conversational Filipino (Tagalog) 3  
PIL 10B Conversational Filipino (Tagalog) 3  
PIL 10C Intermediate Conversational Pilipino 3  
PIL 39A Philipine Literature in Translation: Philippine Literature to 1940 3  
PIL 39B Philippine Literature in Translation: Literature from 1940 to the Present 3  
PHST 10 Independent Study 1 - 3  

Total Units: 6 - 7 

Overall Total Units: 16 - 17

Transfer Options

The program coursework you complete at City College will satisfy lower-division requirements for related majors at several colleges and universities. Start planning your transfer by exploring Pilipino programs at the following institutions: 

  • University of San Francisco
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • San Francisco State University
  • University of Hawaii, Manoa 
  • University of California, San Diego

Have questions about transfer? Visit the Transfer Center for help, transfer information, and/or to speak with college representatives.