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Bachelor of Arts in Translation and Interpretation Studies

Option English/Spanish (code RGR_BA07) (120 units)

This program has been suspended. No new students will be admitted fall 2006. Interested students should contact the department.

The degree in Translation and Interpretation Studies provides students proficient in both English and Spanish an opportunity to develop and perfect their linguistic skills and cultural knowledge to pursue a career in the field of translation and interpretation. The areas covered by the BA in Translation and Interpretation Studies include: technical vocabulary acquisition (legal, medical, business, technical, etc.), written translation, research methodology (including the identification and use of primary and secondary sources), sight translation, and consecutive and simultaneous interpretation.

The program consists of seven specialized courses in order to meet the professional needs of students preparing for a career in translation and interpretation techniques and methodologies. In addition, students take two three-unit concurrent courses in advanced grammar and composition (SPAN 300), and three courses in linguistics, civilization and literature selected from SPAN 310, 423, 427, and 445 for a total of 36 upper-division units.


SPAN 300 with a "B" or better. May be waived with instructor’s consent.


SPAN 461, 462, 463, 464, 465, 466, 467. In addition, nine of the following twelve units: SPAN 310, 423, 427, or 445.

Bachelor of Arts in Spanish

To prepare for a program of courses for the major in Spanish, the student is advised to keep in mind the upper-division options noted below as well as the Basic Core and Prerequisites for courses. The Spanish Program consists of a Basic Core (21 upper-division units) and an Option (9 upper-division units). Please note that all options will satisfy the single-subject credential requirements. However, the Linguistics/Language Acquisition Option is strongly recommended for students interested in the Single Subject Credential Program. For all options, at least one year of a second foreign language at the University level is required.


One year of intermediate Spanish at the university level, or equivalent. Students who have completed sufficient high school Spanish or equivalent may take upper division courses as soon as proficiency requirements have been met. Native speakers of Spanish who have never formally studied the language are urged to take SPAN 250 (6-unit GE course).


Students are required to take a minimum of 30 units of upper-division Spanish coursework, which must include: the Basic Core of 21 units as follows: SPAN 300, 310, 330, 341, 423, either 430 or 445; one of the following may be included in this category: RGR 346I or 450I. In addition to the Basic Core, the student must complete one of the following options:

Option in General Spanish (code RGR_BA03) (120 units)

The option in General Spanish requires 9 upper-division units in addition to the Basic Core. The undergraduate advisor should be consulted to ascertain the appropriate courses for this option.

Option in Linguistics and Language Acquisition (RGR_BA04)

The option in Linguistics and Language Acquisition is especially designed for students who are interested in teaching at the secondary or post-secondary levels or who plan to continue graduate study in Linguistics. Nine upper-division units are required from the following courses: SPAN 322, 426, 427, 424 494, RGR 346I, 450I.

Option in Literature and Cultural Studies (code RGR_BA05) (120 units)

The option in Literature and Cultural Studies is designed for students who desire a thorough grounding in the literature and cultures of Spain and Latin America, particularly those students who are planning on graduate study in Spanish. Nine upper-division units are required from the following courses: SPAN 428, 429, 430, 441, 443, 445, 446, 447, 490, 491, 492, 493, 494; RGR 346I, 450I.

Option in Translation (code RGR_BA06) (120 units)

The Translation Option introduces students to the challenges of translation per se and provides a practical grounding in various types of translation which are to be found in any work setting. In addition, it will be of value to students planning graduate work in many fields, including comparative literature and translation itself. 9 units are required, selected from the following courses: SPAN 461, 462, 463, 464, 465, 466, 467 and 494.

Additional Requirements: A minimum of one year of a second foreign language at the university level is required of all majors.

N.B.: No course being used to satisfy any requirement for the B.A. or minor in Spanish may be taken on a Credit/No Credit basis.

Minor in Spanish (code RGR_UM05)


A minimum of 18 units in Spanish, at least 15 of which must be upper division and must include SPAN 300, and demonstration of oral fluency or SPAN 314. Students must file a Declaration of Minor and receive counseling from the undergraduate advisor. The minor in Spanish is available to any non-Spanish major.

Single Subject Teaching Credential, Spanish (code 158)

Completion of the Spanish major meets the subject matter competence requirement for the Single Subject Preliminary Credential in Spanish (code 158). Prospective students should consult the undergraduate Spanish Advisor and the Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Program Advisor early to plan their program.

In addition to meeting the subject matter competence requirement for the Preliminary Credential, prospective teachers of Spanish are also required to complete 44 units of professional preparation in the Single Subject Credential Program, including student teaching. Students may begin the professional preparation courses as early as the junior year. With careful planning, it is possible to complete all of the credential program courses, except for student teaching, as an undergraduate. Courses may also be completed as post-baccalaureate student. Refer to the Single Subject Teacher Education section of this Catalog or the Single Subject Credential Program website (www.ced.csulb.edu/single-subject) for a description of the professional preparation requirements, courses, and application procedures.

The Spanish Subject Matter Program is being revised to meet new state standards. When the revised program has been approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the new course requirements will be in effect and supersede current requirements.


The same as for B.A. in Spanish.


Master of Arts in Spanish (code RGR_MA03)


1. A Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish; or
2. A Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 18 upper division units in Spanish equivalent to the Basic Core of the B.A. in Spanish at this University, with at least a “B” (3.0) average. Deficiencies will be determined by the Master’s Degree Committee after consultation with the student and study of transcript records.

Advancement to Candidacy

1. Approval of a graduate program by the Graduate Advisor, the Department Chair, and the College Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.
2. Requirements: All deficiencies have been removed; the student has fulfilled the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR); the student has maintained at least a “B” (3.0) GPA in all work undertaken as a graduate student;
3. The candidate may file for advancement to Candidacy after filing an individualized Course Planner, completing prerequisites, and completing at least 6 units (preferably no more than nine units) on the M.A. program. The candidate must file not later than one semester or summer session prior to completion of course requirements.


1. Completion of a minimum of 30 units of approved upper division and graduate courses, with a minimum of 30 units in Spanish in the 500 and 600 series in Spanish;
2. Specifically required courses include: SPAN 524 and 650;
3. Two years of one of the following languages: Italian, French, or German, or pass an examination at intermediate level in one of those languages. Major or minor in a second foreign language may be used to fulfill this requirement, upon approval by the Department. Consult the Graduate Advisor;
4. Maintain a GPA of at least “B” (3.0);
5. Pass three-hour examinations on Graduate Reading List in each of two areas to be selected by student from the following: Spanish Literature, Spanish American Literature, Linguistics. (See Graduate Advisor for the Graduate Reading List and to set up administration of the examinations. May take examinations (both areas) in either April or November.)
6. No more than six units of transfer graduate credit are allowed, subject to approval by the Graduate Advisor. No more than six units of International Programs course work may be credited toward the 24-unit Spanish requirement for the M.A. at this University. International Programs units will be counted at the 400-level.