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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.
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
- 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
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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Spanish 300- and 400-level courses are taught online.
- 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
- 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.