Translation and Interpretation Specialization
The importance of the Spanish language is an undisputed fact in our 21st century global community. Spoken by 400 million people, it is the second language of the Western Hemisphere. It is also the language of more than 22 countries.
At Barry University, Spanish majors will be surrounded by a diverse Hispanic community. Studying Spanish in a region known as the ‘gateway to South America' will provide unprecedented opportunities for students interested in pursuing careers in education, business, international affairs, government, law, communication, history and philosophy. And it goes without saying that our students can practice speaking Spanish every day – on and off campus!
The Spanish program at Barry strives for proficiency in four basic skills including listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as a deeper understanding of the Hispanic culture. Just as the Internet has changed the sense of distance between countries around the world, the study of language will further enhance the way we transmit and receive information in all areas of our lives.
Knowing another language will not only expand your range of personal opportunities but will give you important job-related skills and knowledge for that competitive edge in today's job market.
The translation and interpretation major is designed to give students from a variety of backgrounds the opportunity to learn about theories, methods and practices for a possible career as translators or interpreters.
Goals of the translation and interpretation specialization:
- Develop translation and interpretation skills in Spanish and English
- Increase knowledge and understanding of other cultures
- Enhance students' confidence in both languages
- Familiarize students with theories, methods, practices and techniques to prepare for a career as a translator or interpreter
To undertake this major, students must demonstrate a minimum proficiency in Spanish and English at the intermediate-high level. Proficiency will be determined by examination.
The Translation and Interpretation major fulfills the mission of the university by offering quality education in the liberal arts tradition in an interdisciplinary fashion. It incorporates various liberal arts disciplines and responds to the changing needs of students in a multiethnic and multilingual society.
- Developing translation and interpretation skills in Spanish and English.
- Acquiring knowledge and understanding of other cultures.
- Connecting with other disciplines and acquiring information.
- Participating in multilingual communities at home and around the world.
The major is designed to give students from a variety of backgrounds an opportunity to acquire knowledge of the theories, methods, and practices of translation and interpretation so they can pursue careers as translators or interpreters or engage in graduate studies in the field.
To undertake this major students must demonstrate a minimum proficiency in Spanish and English at the intermediate-high level. Proficiency will be determined by examination.
Our curriculum aims to:
- Enhance students' confidence in both languages by sharpening their language skills.
- Increase students' cultural awareness.
- Familiarize students with the theories, methods, and practices of translation and interpretation.
- Sharpen students' skills and techniques in translation and interpretation.
A minimum grade of C is required in all courses and a 2.5 GPA. If a student earns a grade below C in any of the courses the course must be repeated.
The Translation and Interpretation Specialization consists of a minimum of 33 credits, including SPA 487 Senior Seminar, after the General Education requirement of 3 credits (according to placement) has been fulfilled; or a minimum of 30 credits for those students who complete a minor or double major in the same foreign language used to satisfy the 3 credits of the General Education requirement.
|SPA 325||Introduction to Translation|
|SPA 326||Introduction to Interpretation|
|SPA 425||Advanced Techniques of Translation|
|SPA 426||Advanced Techniques of Interpretation|
|SPA 487||Senior Seminar|
Students will choose 12 credits from the following list of language, literature, and culture courses:
Language, literature and Culture Courses
|SPA 304||Advanced Spanish|
|SPA 307||Advanced Conversation|
|SPA 315||Reading and Text Analysis Techniques|
|SPA 316||Techniques of Written Communication|
|SPA 333||Spanish Culture|
|SPA 335||Hispanic-American Culture|
|SPA 355||Medieval and Golden Age Literature|
|SPA 356||19th and 20th Century Spanish Literature|
|SPA 360||Early Hispanic-American Literature|
|SPA 361||20th Century Hispanic-American Literature|
|SPA 300||Special Topics|
|SPA 447||Contemporary Hispanic-American Fiction|
The remaining 6 credits must be chosen from any other Spanish course, including SPA 499 Internship.