The certificate program prepares advanced Spanish students for further study, national certification exams and/or future employment in these growing fields. The program combines theoretical and applied course work with applied practice in the community, allowing students to hone their skills in a specialization of their choice or to apply for the certificate in general translation and interpretation. Students with advanced-level Spanish and English skills who are concentrating in liberal arts or professional programs as well as other majors are encouraged to apply.
This certificate program requires 27 credits, distributed as shown below, and successful completion of a comprehensive exit exam. Students may earn this certificate concurrently with a baccalaureate degree in another undergraduate program at the university, or may earn the certificate independently from another degree, provided the student has a baccalaureate degree from any institution. The nine-course sequence focuses on the knowledge and skills needed for translation and interpretation in any field, including intensive grammar review, translation theories and approaches, research methods, computer-assisted translation tools, simultaneous interpretation, consecutive interpretation, and sight translation. Students in the advanced interpretation courses (legal and medical) receive further instruction in terminology related to their areas of interest. The internship requires 120 clock hours of work including translation and/or interpretation practice.
Prerequisite courses (nine credits):
SPAN 301 Advanced Spanish Grammar
One literature course from SPAN 330, 331 or 332
One civilization course from SPAN 320, 321 or 322
Core courses (12 credits):
SETI 400 Spanish-English Comparative Grammar
SETI 410 Introduction to Spanish-English Translation
SETI 420 Introduction to Spanish-English Interpretation
SETI 493 SETI Internship
Two of the following elective courses (six credits):
SETI 411 Intermediate Translation
SETI 421 Intermediate Interpretation
SETI 422 Legal Interpretation
SETI 423 Medical Interpretation
For more information, contact the World Studies Advising Office at (804) 827-1111.
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