Spanish - Translation Concentration (B.A.)

This concentration within the BA in Spanish (SPTR) is designed to enhance the preparation of Spanish majors who are considering a career in Translation. Students take four courses (12 credits) from among the following: audiovisual translation, subtitling, audio description, medical translation, legal translation, and literary translation. Students will be offered opportunities to put into practice the contents of those courses by engaging in real-life projects on accessibility and translation for the Spanish-speaking communities in the NY/NJ area.

120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA.


Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements42
World Languages and Cultures Requirements0-3
Major Requirements30-39
Free Electives48-36
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Prerequisite Courses
These courses will be waived for students who place above this level.0-9
Spanish I
Spanish II
Spanish III
Required Courses
Language Elective
SPAN 135Basic Spanish for Heritage Learners3
or SPAN 241 Fundamentals of Spanish Grammar
or SPAN 242 Spanish Composition and Stylistics
Culture Elective
SPAN 145Spanish Language Review Through Literature, Culture and Film3
or SPAN 376 Cultural Studies: Latin America and the Caribbean
or LALS 201 Perspectives on Latin America
or LALS 205 Image and Identity: Representation of Latin American Women in Film and Fiction
Concentration Courses
SPAN 350Theory and Practice of Translation3
SPAN 351Fundamentals of Specialized Translation3
SPAN 420Audiovisual Translation3
SPAN 452Capstone Course in Translation3
Elective Courses
Complete four courses from the list below. Only 2 LALS courses may be completed (counting required courses and electives).12
Total Credits30-39


LALS 201Perspectives on Latin America3
LALS 205Image and Identity: Representation of Latin American Women in Film and Fiction3
LALS 390Special Topics in Latin American and Latino Studies3
LALS 401Capstone Course in Latin American and Latino Studies3
SPAN 221Spanish for Business3
SPAN 332Negotiation Skills in Spanish3
SPAN 343Introduction to Spanish Phonetics3
SPAN 344Spanish Conversation3
SPAN 346Special Topics in the Spanish Language3
SPAN 347Spanish in the United States3
SPAN 348Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics3
SPAN 349Introduction to Hispanic Literary Studies3
SPAN 361Voices of the Past and Present: Spain3
SPAN 363Voices of the Past and Present: Latin America3
SPAN 373Special Topics in Spanish and Latin American Literature3
SPAN 374Cultural Studies: Spain3
SPAN 375Spanish Study Abroad3
SPAN 376Cultural Studies: Latin America and the Caribbean3
SPAN 410Advanced Spanish Grammar3
SPAN 415Introduction to Computer-Assisted Translation3
SPAN 421Special Topics in Teaching Spanish K-123
SPAN 429Audio Description3
SPAN 439Spanish Film and Fiction3
SPAN 441Contemporary Spanish Novel3
SPAN 442Spanish Poetry and Drama of the 19th Century3
SPAN 443Spanish Prose of the 19th Century3
SPAN 444Contemporary Spanish Theater3
SPAN 446The Latin American Essay and Crónica3
SPAN 447Short Stories and Cross-Cultural Processes in the Spanish-Speaking World3
SPAN 448Poetics of Resistance in Hispanic Poetry3
SPAN 449Negotiating Identity and Power in the Hispanic Novel3
SPAN 450Introduction to Interpreting3
SPAN 453Bilingual Prose Workshop: Fiction and Non-Fiction Writing3
SPAN 454Bilingual Poetry Workshop: Writing Poetry in the 21st Century3
SPAN 455Literary Translation: Crossing Borders in Poetry and Fiction3
SPAN 460El Quijote3
SPAN 466Scripts and Stages: Hispanic Theater and Performance3
SPAN 469The Drama of the Golden Age3
SPAN 470Senior Seminar3
SPAN 471Contemporary Trends in the Spanish-American Novel3
SPAN 472Puerto Rican Literature and Thought3
SPAN 473Sexual Subversion in Contemporary Hispanic Literature and Film3
SPAN 480Independent Study3

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication3
D. Fine and Performing Arts
Complete a 3 credit Fine and Performing Arts course.3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
Complete a 3 credit Computer Science course.3
H. Mathematics
Complete a 3 credit Mathematics course.3
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Complete a 4 credit Natural Science Laboratory course.4
J. Physical Education
Complete a 1 credit Physical Education course.1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
2. Global Cultural Perspectives3
3. Social Science Perspectives 3
Students in P12 Subject Area Teaching programs complete EDFD 200 as part of the Teacher Education sequence.
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Complete a 3 credit Interdisciplinary Studies course.3
Students in P12 Subject Area Teaching programs complete SASE 210 as part of the Teacher Education sequence.
Total Credits42

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages
Based on language placement exam, complete one or two sequential courses in the same language. Requirement is automatically fulfilled by language major courses.3-6
World Cultures
Requirement may be fulfilled by course selected in General Education - Social Science: Global Cultural Perspectives. Requirement may also be fulfilled by major coursework. See list of courses.0-3
Total Credits3-9

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

First Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar1GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C1) Writing3GENERAL EDUCATION: (D) Fine and Performing Arts3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication3GENERAL EDUCATION: (G) Computer Science3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives3SPAN 145, 376, LALS 201, or LALS 2053
GENERAL EDUCATION: (H) Mathematics3Free Elective3
SPAN 135, 241, or 2423 
 16 15
Second Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences3GENERAL EDUCATION: (I) Natural Science Laboratory4
GENERAL EDUCATION: (J) Physical Education1GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K3) Social Science – Social Science Perspectives3GENERAL EDUCATION: (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (L) Interdisciplinary Studies3SPAN 3513
SPAN 3503Free Elective3
Free Elective3 
 16 16
Third Year
SPAN 4203SPAN 4523
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
SPAN Elective3SPAN Elective3
SPAN Elective3SPAN Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3 
 15 12
Total Credits 120