Spanish Translation Major

Spanish programs have been configured to maximize the potential of the student in today’s professional climate as well as to prepare the student for admittance into graduate programs at other institutions. Students who major in Spanish will develop fluency in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and will study the culture, history and literature of Spain and the Americas.

In addition to general linguistic and cultural knowledge, the major in Spanish Translation will provide students with professional training, tools, skills, and hands-on experience to join the Translation profession. During the program of study, students will be introduced to the main translation techniques and problem solving strategies, software and computer assisted tools, and will complete general translation exercises. Later in the program, students will delve into the translation of more specialized texts, in particular in the legal and medical disciplines -both fields in very high demand. As a culminating experience, students will complete a capstone in the form of an internship. 

Students competing the Spanish Translation major are strongly encouraged to minor in Criminal Justice and/or Health Sciences, as a good understanding of the subject matter as well as terminology acquisition are key to successful professional translators.

A minimum grade of 70 (C-) is required for all SP major courses.

Requirements for a Major in Spanish

Required Courses(27 credits)
Intermediate Spanish I
and Intermediate Spanish II 1,2
SP-321Advanced Spanish Composition I 33
SP-327Introduction to Translation3
SP-350Advanced Spanish Grammar3
SP-352Lexicography and Terminology: Computer -Assisted Translation (cat)3
SP-453Medical Translation3
SP-454Legal Translation: Eng/Span-Span/Eng3
SP-475Internship: Spanish3
Electives(9 credits)
Select 3 courses from the following:9
Advanced Spanish Composition II
Advanced Spanish Conversation Through Film
Spanish for the Professions
Spanish Civilization
Cultures of Latin America
Hispanic Presence in US
Readings in Spanish Literature
Contemporary Spanish Literature
Spanish-American Literature
Advanced Study: Special Topics
Total Credits36

6 credits maximum: These courses may be waived by oral and/or written examination


Students with advanced knowledge of Spanish should begin at 300-level.


Required of all students unless exempted by the Department of World Languages.

A minimum grade of 70 (C-) is required for all courses in the Spanish Major.

Sample Timetable for Completion of Degree: Spanish

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
LASCFirst-Year Seminar (FYS) 3
EN-101 College Writing I 3
SP-210 Intermediate Spanish I 3
LASCLASC Elective (NSP) 3
LASCLASC Elective (QR/MA) 3
Semester Two
EN-102 College Writing II 3
LASCLASC Elective (CON) 3
SP-211 Intermediate Spanish II 3
LASCLASC Elective (QR) 3
LASCLASC Elective (GP) 3
Year Two
Semester Three
SP-321 Advanced Spanish Composition I 3
SELECTGeneral Elective 3
SP-300/400 Spanish elective at 300/400 level 3
LASCLASC Elective (NSP) 4
LASCLASC Elective (USW) 3
Semester Four
SP-327 Introduction to Translation 3
SP-350 Advanced Spanish Grammar 3
LASCLASC Elective (HBS) 3
LASCLASC Elective (CA) 3
SELECT General Elective 3
Year Three
Semester Five
SP-453 Medical Translation 3
SP-300/400 Spanish Elective at 300/400 Level 3
SELECTGeneral Elective 3
LASCLASC Elective (ICW) 3
LASC LASC Elective (QAC) 3
Semester Six
SP-352 Lexicography and Terminology: Computer -Assisted Translation (cat) 3
LASC LASC Elective (DAC) 3
SELECTGeneral Elective 3
SELECTGeneral Elective 3
Year Four
Semester Seven
SP-454 Legal Translation: Eng/Span-Span/Eng 3
SP-3XX+SP Major Literature Elective 3
SELECTGeneral Elective 3
SELECTGeneral Elective 3
SELECTGeneral Elective 3
Semester Eight
SP-475 Internship: Spanish 3
SELECTGeneral Elective 3
SELECTGeneral Elective 3
SELECTGeneral Elective 3
SELECTGeneral Elective 3
 Total Credits121

Students are required to meet with their academic advisor to review their courses for the upcoming semester. A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation.  First-year and transfer students with 45 or fewer credits at the time of admission shall complete two academic programs (a major/major or major/minor) to qualify for graduation.  For more information, please view the MajorPlus section of this catalog.