Spanish and Portuguese

Spanish Translation

Spanish Translation
Hours54 - 72 Credit Hours
LEPLimited Enrollment Program of 50 Students.
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Program Requirements

It is strongly recommended that StDev 317, a 2-credit-hour course, be taken at the end of the sophomore year or the beginning of the junior year. Because liberal arts degrees provide preparation in a variety of useful fields rather than a single career track, this course is recommended to help liberal arts students focus on specific educational and occupational goals and to identify the career options or educational opportunities available to them. The course will introduce them to the resources needed for accessing information about graduate schools, internships, careers, and career development. Students will learn basic employment strategies, including the steps necessary for obtaining employment related to their own specialty.
requirement 1
The Spanish and Portuguese Department requires a minimum of 18 hours of upper-division major credit to be taken in residence at BYU for this degree program. These hours may also go toward BYU's 30-hour residency requirement for graduation.
requirement 2
Complete a minor from any department (approximately 16-21 hours), or complete a second (additional) major (approximately 30-60 hours), or complete 18 credit hours of courses (also known as an Option II) from among the following related fields: (1) A second modern foreign language (upper-division courses only); (2) Latin, Greek, or English beyond the GE requirement; (3) Linguistics; (4) Classical civilization; (5) Latin American history or geography; (6) humanities; (7) archaeology of Spain or Latin America; (8) Comparative literature; (9) Pre-medical school requirements; or (10) Other areas approved by the department chair.
requirement 7 Complete 1 option
Complete the following courses in sequence:
Note: Span 322 OR 323r, and either Span 345 or 355 must be taken before Span 415A.
requirement 9 Complete 1 option
Senior Proficiency Evaluation:
option 9.1 Complete 1 course
Note: An ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview, the Writing Proficiency Test, Reading Comprehension Test, and Listening Comprehension Test are taken in connection with Span 491. It is expected that Spanish Translation majors will pass these tests with a rating of Advanced Low or higher.
Program Outcomes: 

Language Competence

Students will speak, listen, read, and write Spanish at the ACTFL Advanced Low level or better.

Cultural Competence

Students will identify cultural practices (e.g., customs and traditions) and cultural products (e.g., literatures, arts, institutions, and individuals) from the Spanish-speaking world, place them in their historical, political, and social contexts, and interpret the unique perspectives on human experience that they reveal.

Critical Thinking and Expression

Students will analyze language, literary texts, and other cultural products and practices using sound thinking and clear expression.

Professional Translation Skills

Demonstrate professional translation skills by: (1) properly applying translation competence components (including linguistic, extralinguistic, transfer, strategic, instrumental); (2) employing research tools to investigate terminology and textual conventions adequate for different text types; (3) executing the translation process and associated problem solving and decision making processes in accordance with a set of specifications and a statement of purpose for the target text.