The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Spanish Translation and Interpreting, Bachelor of Arts

As the first and most complete BA program in Spanish Translation and Interpreting in the State of Texas, the program aims to help future practitioners of the art and science of Translation and Interpreting to play a vital role in shaping the global society of the 21st century. The program contributes to the development of the analytical skills, cultural literacy, linguistic competence, and professionalism that are needed by superior translators and interpreters. In addition to course offerings in English and Spanish, the program requires students to complete a thorough translation and interpreting curriculum designed for training translators and interpreters for today’s world.

Core Curriculum - 42 Hours

The Core Curriculum serves as a broad foundation for the undergraduate degree. All candidates for a bachelor’s degree must achieve core student learning outcomes, including communication, critical thinking, empirical and quantitative skills, teamwork, personal responsibility and social responsibility, by completing courses within each category or component area of the Core Curriculum as outlined below.

The University has approved specific courses that satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements. Approved courses can be found on the Core Curriculum Page. Students seeking the most efficient way to complete the core curriculum and major or minor requirements are advised to take approved courses that can fulfill both requirements. Although core curriculum courses can also be used to fulfill major or minor requirements, earned credits hours are only applied once.

Major Requirements - 60 Hours

Required Courses - 42 Hours

This degree plan includes courses that appear in more than one section of the degree plan. Except for core curriculum courses, such courses can only be used to fulfill one requirement on the degree plan and credit hours will only applied once.

Credit by exam or departmental exam cannot be used to fulfill required courses at the 2000- or 3000-level.

Translation Core - 18 Hours

TRSP 3341/SPAN 3341Introduction to Spanish/English Translation

3

TRSP 3342/SPAN 3342Advanced Spanish to English Translation

3

TRSP 3343/SPAN 3343Advanced English to Spanish Translation

3

TRSP 4342/SPAN 4342Interpreting

3

TRSP 4347/SPAN 4347Translation Technologies

3

TRSP 4349/SPAN 4349Capstone Project / Minithesis

3

 

Linguistic Core - 12 Hours

SPAN 2313Spanish for Heritage Language Learners II

3

SPAN 2315Spanish for Heritage Language Learners III

3

ENGL 3361Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics

3

ENGL 3362English Grammar

3

Writing Core - 12 Hours

SPAN 3313Advanced Grammar & Composition Heritage Language Learners I

3

SPAN 3315Advanced Grammar & Composition Heritage Language Learners II

3

Choose two from:
ENGL 3342Technical Communication

3

ENGL 3343Business Communication

3

TRSP 3346/SPAN 3346Business Spanish

3

 

Prescribed Electives- 18 hours

This degree plan includes courses that appear in more than one section of the degree plan. Except for core curriculum courses, such courses can only be used to fulfill one requirement on the degree plan and credit hours will only applied once.

Spanish readiness: SPAN 1315 Spanish for Heritage Language Learners I can count towards prescribed electives only if determined by departmental placement exam.

Choose 18 hours, at least 6 of which must be advanced credit hours:

SPAN 1315Spanish for Heritage Language Learners I

3

SPAN 2317Spanish for Healthcare Professionals I

3

SPAN 3329Creative Writing in Spanish

3

SPAN 3350Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics

3

SPAN 3351Spanish Phonology & Phonetics

3

SPAN 3346/TRSP 3346Business Spanish

3

SPAN 4310Spanish Applied Linguistics

3

SPAN 4345/TRSP 4345Topics in Translation

3

ENGL 3340Survey Rhetorical Theory

3

ENGL 3344Advanced Composition

3

ENGL 3351Creative Writing I

3

ENGL 3352Creative Non-Fiction

3

ENGL 3370Language and Culture

3

ENGL 4344Writing for Lawyers

3

ENGL 4361Modern English Syntax

3

ENGL 4362Contrastive Grammar

3

 

 

Free Electives - 18 Hours

Students are encouraged to choose a minor. Any of the following minors is suggested: American Sign Language Studies, Legal Studies, Health, Economics, Communication Studies, Communication, Criminal Justice, English as Second Language Instruction, English, French Language, Literature & Culture, Mass Communication, Medical Humanities, Political Science, and Public Administration.

Free elective credit hours at the advanced level may be needed to achieve the institutional minimum of 42 advanced hours.

Total Credit Hours: 42

Total Credit Hours: 120

Major Graduation Requirements

Specific graduation requirements required for this program beyond university bachelor’s degree requirements. 

A minimum of 2.5 GPA is required in the major.