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Spanish Overview

POTENTIAL CAREERS:

Teacher, Translator, Study Abroad Advisor, Bilingual Assistant. Customer Representative, Court & School Mediator . Foreign Service Worker . Technical / Media Writer. Editor. Proof-Reader . Court Reporter, Research Analyst, Consultant, Health Care Representative/ Patient Advocate, Personal Banker, Manager, Linguist .

GENERAL INFORMATION

You will be interested in a Spanish minor if you want to teach or work in a multicultural environment. A Spanish minor can also prepare you for graduate school in many fields.

You will be interested in a Spanish Translation Certificate if you have advanced Spanish proficiency and plan to pursue a translation career. This curriculum will prepare you for the American Translators Association (ATA) certification. You can also pursue this certificate if you wish to communicate more effectively in a multilingual work environment.

SPECIFIC INFORMATION

A Spanish minor consists of 20 total credit hours. By completing a minor in Spanish, you will:

  • Gain broad knowledge pertaining to the history and culture of Spain as well as Latin America.
  • Achieve competence in the four areas of language learning and acquisition: writing, reading, understanding, and speaking.
  • Gain an understanding of topics such as the literature, history, popular culture, art, and social issues of the Spanish-speaking world.
  • Apply what you have learned in the classroom by living in a Spanish-speaking country, interning in a Spanish-speaking environment, or taking part in a similar immersion experience.


The Translation Certificate Program

This is a five-course sequence that will provide you with training to translate from Spanish into English. You will also gain some familiarity with oral interpretation, and you will have the opportunity to complete an internship.

You can seek admission to the Translation Certificate program if you have completed at least third-year college Spanish classes, or if you have native or near-native reading and writing proficiency in Spanish and English. A placement exam and an interview with the Program Director are also required to complete the admission process.

Translation workshops are open to all qualified students, including native and heritage speakers. Enrollment in a degree program is not necessary for these classes.

SPECIAL ELEMENTS OF THE MINOR

  1. SPA 150 and SPA 151 can be used to fulfill general education requirements. Credit earned for SPA 150 and 151 cannot be applied toward a Spanish minor.
  2. Advanced Placement and CLEP credit in Spanish can be applied toward the elective hours needed to complete a minor. You can receive up to 12 hours of credit. A language proficiency exam is required to be placed in courses SPA 250 and above; this is administered by the Program Director.
  3. If you are placed into SPA 350 Advanced Grammar and Composition, you must still complete the 20 credits required for a minor in Spanish; you will not receive credit for SPA 250 or SPA 251.
  4. Spanish 300- and 400-level courses are taught online.
  5. First-hand Language Experience
    You will find that you will get the most out of your language program if you take every opportunity to speak Spanish and to immerse yourself in Spanish-speaking cultures. You can earn Spanish credit while studying overseas through Marygrove’s Study Abroad program. Work and volunteer abroad opportunities, summer jobs, and work/study placements can also put you in touch with Spanish- speaking people. To earn a Spanish minor, you are encouraged to participate in an approved study abroad program in a Spanish-speaking country, or approved equivalent.
  6. Students are strongly advised to sit for the Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera—Certificado Inicial exam, though they are not required to pass the exam in order to earn a minor in Spanish.

 

Spanish Course Descriptions

SPA 150 Elementary Spanish I                                                                                                     3 hours
General Education option. Term 1and 2
Introduces the basic skills necessary for mastery of the Spanish language—listening, speaking/pronunciation, reading, and writing. Includes an introduction to the culture and geography of Spanish-speaking countries.

SPA 151 Elementary Spanish II                                                                                                      3 hours
General Education option. Prerequisites: SPA 150 or placement. Term 2
Continued study of Spanish language and culture. Emphasizes the basic skills necessary for mastery of the Spanish Language. Includes an introduction to the culture and geography of Spanish-speaking countries.

SPA 250 Intermediate Spanish I                                                                                                   4 hours
Prerequisites: SPA 151 or placement. Term 1.
Stresses the continued development of language skills in the four areas of language learning—listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Includes low-intermedi­ate level conversation and composition. Includes study of literary and cultural selections from the Hispanic world.

SPA 251 Intermediate Spanish II                                                                                                  4 hours
Prerequisite: SPA 250 or placement. Term 2.
Continued development of language skills. High-inter­mediate level grammar and conversation.

SPA 310 Business Spanish                                                                                          - online  4 hours
Prerequisite: SPA 251 or equivalent. Term varies.
Oral and written practice in Spanish in preparation for working in a Spanish-speaking environment.
Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 320 Conversational Spanish                                                                                                4 hours
Prerequisite: SPA 251 or equivalent. Term varies.
Development of oral language skills at the intermedi­ate/advanced level. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 332 Latin American Humanities                                                                            - online  3 hours
Cultural values and expressive arts of Latin American nations, both ancient and modern.

SPA 347 Methods in Foreign Language Teaching and Language Acquisition        - online  3 hours
Prerequisite: SPA 350 or placement. Term Varies.
Strategies for developing and implementing detailed lesson plans based on a diagnostic-instruction model for both developmental skills in language acquisition. First half of the course will prepare the student for field-based experi­ence. Peer, instructor, and self-evaluation of lessons.

SPA 350 Advanced Grammar and Composition                                                         - online 4 hours
Prerequisite: SPA 251 or placement. Term 1
Advanced grammar review. Literary and other readings. Conversation and composition. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 351 Introduction to Hispanic Literature - online                                                              4 hours
Prerequisite: SPA 350. Term 2.
Representative readings and analysis of peninsular and Latin American literature from all periods. Includes com­position, conversation, and continued grammar review. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 354 Iberian History & Culture - online                                                                              4 hours
Prerequisite: SPA 350 or equivalent. Term 2.
Overview of Spanish history from the Roman colonization of Spain to the present. Discussion of Iberian history, art, religion, popular culture, and contemporary social issues. Emphasis placed on the influence of the country’s history on present-day Spain. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 400                             Principles of Translation      - online                                              3 hours
Prerequisite: SPA 350 or equivalent. Term 1.
Introduction to the Translation Certificate programs in French, Spanish, and Arabic. Survey of the main theories of translation and interpretation; methodology section dealing with the linguistic and cultural aspects of language transfer; professional component including an overview of career opportunities and current practices. Course taught in English.Taught online.

SPA 401                             Translation Workshop I     - online                                                 3 hours
Prerequisite: SPA 350 or equivalent. Term 1.
Translation of journalistic, commercial, legal, and scientific texts from Spanish into English. Includes an overview of the Spanish language and a contrastive analysis of the two linguistic systems. Also introduces the interpretation process. Taught online.

SPA 402                             Translation Workshop II    - online                                                3 hours
Prerequisite: SPA 350 or equivalent. Term 2.
Continuation of Translation Workshop I. Also includes translations of contemporary literary excerpts from Spanish into English and practice tests from the American Translators Association. Taught online.

SPA 403                             Business Translation Workshop    - online                                  3 hours
Prerequisite: SPA 350 or equivalent. Term 2.
Translation of Spanish business texts into English. Texts include printed and online promotional and informational material, as well as various types of business correspondence and transactions. Taught online.

SPA 488                             Cooperative Field Experience                                                       3 hours
Prerequisites: For translation, SPA 400, 401, 402, and 403; for other bilingual field experience, SPA 351. Term varies.
Opportunity for supervised field experience and preparation of a professional portfolio.

SPA 491                             Independent Study     online                                                        1-4 hours
Prerequisite: SPA 350. Term varies.
Enrichment of a regular course or research project.

Spanish Minor

Required Courses

Students must complete each of the following courses with a grade of C or better.

SPA 250         Intermediate Spanish I**

SPA 251         Intermediate Spanish II**

SPA 350         Advanced Grammar & Composition  - online

SPA 332         Latin American Humanities ***        - online                    

SPA 354         Iberian History & Culture***            - online

SPA 351         Introduction to Hispanic Literature - online

**These courses are counted as electives toward Teacher Certification.

***SPA 332, SPA 354 and SPA 347 are mandatory for Teacher Certification.

Students must complete three additional credit hours, with a grade of C or better, from among the following courses:

SPA 310         Business Spanish- online

SPA 320         Conversational Spanish

SPA 401         Translation Workshop I- online

SPA 402         Translation Workshop II- online

SPA 403         Business Translation Workshop- online

SPA 488         Cooperative Field Experience

SPA 491         Independent Study- online

**Students seeking Teacher Certification are required to complete SPA 347 Methods in Foreign Language Teaching and Language Acquisition and an Oral Proficiency Interview before they take their state certification exam.

 

Translation Certificate - Spanish

Required Courses

Students must complete each of the following courses with a grade of B or better.

SPA 400         Principles of Translation - online

SPA 401         Translation Workshop I - online

SPA 402         Translation Workshop II - online

SPA 403         Business Translation Workshop - online

SPA 488         Cooperative Field Experience or SPA 404 Interpretation Studies

Gainful Employment

Gainful Employment information:  
Program length: 16 credit hours
   
Program costs:  
Tution 10,350
Fees 320
Books 750
   
Related Occupations: O*NET Codes
Interpreters and Translators 27-3091

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