Program: Spanish, B.A.

Translation and Interpretation Option

Program Description

The Spanish major—consisting of four options: I. Literature, II. Language and Culture, III. Hispanic Linguistics, and IV. Translation and Interpretation—is designed for students who want to prepare for a career in secondary, college or university teaching, or who intend to pursue other careers where a strong background in Spanish is essential. Students should seek advisement from Spanish faculty advisors concerning the option best suited to their goals.

Note that the Spanish major requires a capstone paper to be written in a 400-level course of the student’s choice.

Students with some knowledge of Spanish who want to take lower division courses should consult with an advisor in the Spanish section before registration to establish which would be the appropriate course for them.

Students with advanced placement cannot receive credit for courses below the level at which they are placed. However, 200-level classes may be waived or replaced by appropriate classes. Students should consult with an advisor.

Program Requirements

1. Core Courses Common to All Options (24 units)

Take all of the following courses (18 units):

SPAN 220A Intermediate Spanish I (3)
SPAN 220B Intermediate Spanish II (3)
SPAN 304 Advanced Grammar and Composition (3)
SPAN 306 Advanced Composition (3)
SPAN 307 Introduction to the Analysis of Hispanic Literature (3)
SPAN 401 Language and Culture (3)

Choose one course from the following (3 units):

SPAN 315A Literature of Spain I (3)
SPAN 315B Literature of Spain II (3)

Choose one course from the following (3 units):

SPAN 363 Literature of Latin America I (3)
SPAN 364 Literature of Latin America II (3)

2. Interpretation and Translation Option Courses (18 units)

Take all of the following courses (12 units):

SPAN 362 Introduction to Spanish Translation (3)
SPAN 372 Introduction to Spanish Interpretation (3)
SPAN 400 Structure of the Spanish Language (3)
SPAN 497 Comparative Structure of Spanish and English (3)

Choose one course from the following (3 units):

SPAN 462 Advanced Spanish Translation: Legal and Business (3)
SPAN 463 Advanced Spanish Translation: Medical and Scientific (3)

Choose one course from the following (3 units):

SPAN 472 Advanced Spanish Interpretation: Legal and Business (3)
SPAN 473 Advanced Spanish Interpretation: Medical and Scientific (3)

3. General Education (48 units)

Undergraduate students must complete 48 units of General Education as described in this Catalog, including 3 units of coursework meeting the Ethnic Studies (ES) graduation requirement.

6 units are satisfied by the following courses in the major: SPAN 220A and SPAN 220B satisfy F Comparative Cultural Studies.

Total Units in the Major/Option: 42

General Education Units: 42

Additional Units: 36

Total Units Required for the B.A. Degree: 120


Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures
Chair: Adrián Pérez-Boluda
Sierra Tower (ST) 405
(818) 677-3467

Program Learning Outcomes

Students receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish will be able to:

  1. Prepare students for careers in teaching (secondary, community college, university), among others in legal, medical, administrative and journalistic fields, translation and interpretation, etc., which require advanced-level (ACTFL Guidelines) abilities in both oral and written skills.
  2. Provide students with techniques, strategies, methodologies and skills to carry out independent research that supports career choices.
  3. Establish a solid foundation for lifelong learning, service and participation in the Hispanic, Latino and global communities.
  4. Carry out research and apply critical theories in analysis of Hispanic linguistics, literatures, civilizations and cultures.
  5. Communicate at the advanced level using a variety of rhetorical modes in both oral and written discourse.
  6. Achieve subject matter competency (as stated in the Standards of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing) to enter a credential or a graduate program in Spanish at any U.S. university.

ADT/STAR Act Degree Road Maps

Students who have graduated with a verified Associate Degree for Transfer and have been admitted to a CSUN program that has been deemed similar will be able to complete the baccalaureate degree within 60 semester units. For additional information, see ADT/STAR Act Degree Road Maps.

Spanish/Translation and Interpretation Option - AA-T in Global Studies (2023-Present)

Spanish/Translation and Interpretation Option - AA-T in Social Justice Studies (2023-Present)

Spanish/Translation and Interpretation Option - AA-T in Spanish (2023-Present)

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