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.

Placement for Spanish Courses: Students should contact Dr. Elizabeth Osborne (eosborne1@worcester.edu) for appropriate language placement/assessment.  Meeting with the Language Placement director will allow incoming students with the appropriate language levels to satisfy prerequisites and register in upper level courses.

The following are intended to be general placement guidelines to help students with previous experience with Spanish:

0-1 years of Spanish in high school:  SP 101 Beginning Spanish I

1-2 years of Spanish  in high school:  SP 102 Beginning Spanish II

2 years of Spanish in high school:  SP 210 Intermediate Spanish I

3 years or more of Spanish in high school:  SP 211 Intermediate Spanish II

4 or more years of Spanish in high school:  300-level courses

Native or Heritage Speakers of Spanish should enroll in 300-level courses

Study-Abroad opportunities are available for language study in several Spanish-speaking countries.

Students with previous knowledge of or background in the language are also encouraged to take the CLEP Exam at Academic Success, in order to receive Worcester State University credit for SP-101, SP-102, SP-210 and SP-211 (up to 12 institutional credits).

Free of charge Spanish tutoring services are offered daily during regular Fall and Spring semesters both at the Spanish Clinic (Sullivan 302-B) and through remote appointments via Zoom, which are also available on select days.

Requirements for a Major in Spanish

Required Courses(27 credits)
SP-210
SP-211
Intermediate Spanish I
and Intermediate Spanish II 1,2
6
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

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

Sample Timetable for Completion of Degree: Spanish Translation

Plan of Study Grid

YEAR ONE

Semester One

LASC     First-Year Seminar (FYS) - 3 cr.

EN-101  College Writing I - 3 cr.

SP-210   Intermediate Spanish I - 3 cr.

LASC      LASC Elective (NSP) - 3 cr.

LASC      LASC Elective (QR/MA) - 3 cr.

CREDITS: 15

Semester Two

EN-102   College Writing II - 3 cr.

SP-211   Intermediate Spanish II  - 3cr.

LASC      LASC Elective (QR) - 3 cr.

LASC      LASC Elective (CON) - 3 cr.

LASC      LASC Elective (GP) - 3 cr.

CREDITS: 15

YEAR TWO

Semester Three

SP-321 Advanced Spanish Composition I - (WAC Course) -3 cr.

SP-300/400   Spanish Elective at 300/400 level - 3 cr.

LASC      LASC Elective (NSP)  - 4 cr.

LASC      LASC  Elective (USW) -3 cr.

SELECT  General Elective - 3 cr.

CREDITS: 16.

Semester Four

SP-350    Advanced Spanish Grammar - 3 cr.

SP-327   Introduction to Translation- 3 cr.

LASC      LASC Elective (HBS) - 3 cr.

LASC      LASC Elective (CA) - 3 cr.

SELECT  General Elective - 3 cr.

CREDITS: 15.

YEAR THREE

Semester Five

SP-353   Medical Translation  - 3 cr.

SP-300/400 Spanish Elective at 300/400 Level - 3 cr.

LASC      LASC Elective (ICW) -3 cr.

LASC      LASC Elective (QAC) - 3 cr.

SELECT  General Elective - 3 cr.

CREDITS: 15

Semester Six

SP-352 Computer Assisted Translation - 3 cr.

LASC      LASC Elective (TLC) - 3 cr.

LASC      LASC Elective (DAC) - 3 cr.

SELECT  General Elective - 3 cr.

SELECT  General Elective - 3 cr.

CREDITS: 15

YEAR FOUR

Semester Seven

SP-354   Legal Translation - 3 cr.

SP-300/400  Spanish Elective at 300/400 Level - 3 cr.

SELECT  General Elective - 3 cr.

SELECT  General Elective - 3 cr.

SELECT  General Elective - 3 cr.

CREDITS: 15

Semester Eight

SP475   Spanish Internship/ CAPSTONE - 3 cr.

SELECT  General Elective - 3 cr.

SELECT  General Elective - 3 cr.

SELECT  General Elective - 3 cr.

SELECT  General Elective - 3 cr.

CREDITS: 15

TOTAL CREDITS: 121

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
 Credits15
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
 Credits15
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
 Credits16
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
 Credits15
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
 Credits15
Semester Six
SP-352 Lexicography and Terminology: Computer -Assisted Translation (cat) 3
LASC LASC (TLC) 3
LASC LASC Elective (DAC) 3
SELECTGeneral Elective 3
SELECTGeneral Elective 3
 Credits15
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
 Credits15
Semester Eight
SP-475 Internship: Spanish 3
SELECTGeneral Elective 3
SELECTGeneral Elective 3
SELECTGeneral Elective 3
SELECTGeneral Elective 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits121

Students are required to meet with their department advisor to review their upcoming semester academic choices. A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation.