Modern Languages at UTA

Spanish Language Programs


Spanish at UTA offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Select the links below to learn more about majoring or minoring and Spanish or about bulding upon your undergraduate studies in Spanish.





Undergraduate Programs



Bachelor of Arts in Spanish for Global Competence
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Translation and Interpreting
Minor in Spanish

BA in Spanish for Global Competence


Requirements for a Major in Spanish

Download the appropriate Department of Modern Languages (MODL) Spanish Degree Plan Worksheet to reference while you read about the requirements for a major in Spanish (The PDFs will open in new windows):

The worksheet will help prospective and current students chart a major in Spanish and will help transfer students see the credits they have and those they will need.

Basic Requirements


Spanish majors are required to take the following courses:

  • SPAN 1441 Beginning Spanish I
  • SPAN 1442 Beginning Spanish II
  • SPAN 2313 Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPAN 2314 Intermediate Spanish II or 2315 Intermediate Spanish for Heritage Speakers
  • SPAN 3314 Advanced Spanish Grammar or 3305 Advanced Spanish for Heritage Speakers
  • SPAN 3315 Composition Through Literature
  • SPAN 3319 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
  • 15 additional hours in Spanish at the 3000/4000 level, at least 9 of which must be at the 4000 level. Note that Business Spanish (SPAN 4334, SPAN 4335), Spanish Translation (SPAN 4341, SPAN 4342), and Spanish Interpreting (SPAN 4343, SPAN 4344) CANNOT be taken to fulfill this requirement.

Heritage Speakers of Spanish

Students who grew up speaking Spanish at home are considered to be  Heritage Speakers of Spanish and are not permitted to take SPAN 2314 or 3314. They take SPAN 2315 and 3305 instead.

If you are not sure whether you are a heritage speaker or not, please contact the head of the Spanish section, Dr. Sonia Kania, for an appointment.

Prerequisites

The prerequisites for the most common Spanish courses at each level are shown below. (See catalog for additional offerings.) A grade of C or above is required in the prerequisite unless otherwise indicated:

Course Prerequisite
1441 none
1442 1441
2313 1442
2314/2315 2313
3305/3314 2314 or 2315
3311, 3312, 3313 2314 or 2315
3315, 3319 3305 or 3314
3340 3315 with B or better
3341 3305 or 3314
43XX (Lit/Culture) 3315
43XX (Linguistics) 3319
43XX (Translation) 3340 with B or better
43XX (Interpreting) 3341 with B or better

Recommended Sequences

Non-heritage speakers:

  • 5th Semester: 3303 & 3314
  • 6th Semester: 3315 & 3319
  • 7th Semester: 33XX & 43XX
  • 8th Semester: 43XX & 43XX

Heritage speakers:

  • 5th Semester: 3305 & 33XX
  • 6th Semester: 3315 & 3319
  • 7th Semester: 33XX & 43XX
  • 8th Semester: 43XX & 43XX

BA in Spanish Translation and Interpreting


All Spanish Translation and Interpreting majors must take:

  • SPAN 1441 Beginning Spanish I
  • SPAN 1442 Beginning Spanish II
  • SPAN 2313 Intermediate Spanish I
    • SPAN 2314 Intermediate Spanish II
      or
    • SPAN 2315 Intermediate Spanish For Heritage Speakers

or equivalent; plus 24 hours at 3000/4000 level, at least nine of which must be at the 4000 level. Of these 24 hours, specific course requirements are listed below:


For Non-Heritage Speakers

  • SPAN 3303 Advanced Spanish Conversation
  • SPAN 3314 Advanced Spanish Grammar
  • SPAN 3315 Composition Through Literature

For Heritage Speakers

  • SPAN 3305 Advanced Spanish For Heritage Speakers
  • SPAN 3312 Latin American Culture And Civilization
  • SPAN 3315 Composition Through Literature

For All Students

  • SPAN 3340 Introduction To Translation
  • SPAN 3341 Introduction To Interpreting
  • SPAN 4341 Business And Legal Translation
  • SPAN 4342 Medical, Scientific & Tech Translation
  • SPAN 4343 Interpreting In Medical Settings
  • SPAN 4344 Interpreting In Legal Settings


Suggested Electives

  • SPAN 3311 Spanish Culture And Civilization
  • SPAN 3312 Latin American Culture And Civilization
  • SPAN 3313 Topics In Hispanic Language, Literature & Culture
  • SPAN 3319 Introduction To Spanish Linguistics
  • SPAN 3320 Introduction To Hispanic Literature And Culture
  • SPAN 4310 Topics In Peninsular Spanish Literature And Culture To The Eighteenth Century
  • SPAN 4311 Topics In Peninsular Spanish Literature And Culture, Eighteenth Century To The Present
  • SPAN 4313 Topics In Hispanic Culture
  • SPAN 4314 Topics In Latin-American Literature And Culture To Modernism
  • SPAN 4315 Topics In Contemporary Latin-American Literature And Culture, Modernism To The Present
  • SPAN 4320 Topics In Spanish Language, Writing And Theory
  • SPAN 4318 Mexican Literature
  • SPAN 4330 Topics In Spanish Linguistics
  • SPAN 4332 Topics In Spanish Dialectology
  • SPAN 4339 The Acquisition Of Spanish

Outside electives (Only  two allowed)

  • NURS 4360 Cultural Variation In Health Care: A Comparative Analysis Of Two Cultures
  • CRCJ 2334 Introduction To The Criminal Justice System
  • CRCJ 2350 Introduction To Law Enforcement
  • CRCJ 4301 The American Judicial System
  • SOCW 2311 Introduction To Social Work
  • BUSA 2304 Introduction To Business
  • HEED 1316 Foundations Of Health

Minor in Spanish


People with foreign language abilities have a distinct advantage in the career marketplace, and they can use those skills to assist them in varying fields, such as business, medicine, law, etc. Thus, minoring in Spanish is a great way for you to gain a distinguishing, marketable skill while opening your eyes to another culture.

Requirements for a Minor in Spanish

  • SPAN 1442*
  • SPAN 2313
  • SPAN 2314 or 2315
  • 9 hours of 3000 or 4000 level Spanish coursework
    (Generally, native/heritage speakers take 3305, 3312, 33XX, while non-native speakers take 3303, 3314, 33XX.)

* Note: Although SPAN 1441 is not required for the minor, credit for 1441 or an equivalent with a grade of C or above must be received in order to enroll in 1442. Likewise, a C or above is required for each course in the series in order to enroll in the next.

How to Declare Your Spanish Minor


For most College of Liberal Arts majors (Anthropology, Art, Art History, Communication, English, History, Linguistics, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Theatre Arts), no departmental permission is required. Simply send an email request with the subject heading "Spanish Minor Request" in which you indicate your name, student ID#, major, and desired language minor (i.e. Spanish) to  modladvisor@uta.edu, and we will process your request.

For other majors, including those outside the College of Liberal Arts (Business, Education, Engineering, Nursing, Sciences, Social Work, etc…), please download and fill out our  Minor Enrollment form, initialing and signing where indicated, then take the form to your major advisor for his signature. Once you and your major advisor have signed the form, please deliver it to the Department of Modern Languages in 230 Hammond Hall.

Graduate Programs

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Certificates

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Certificate in Spanish Translation
Certificate in Spanish Interpreting

Certificate in Spanish Translation


In the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, as in the rest of the United States and around the globe, there is a dramatic demand for professionals with a command of both Spanish and English who are capable of effectively translating from Spanish into English and vice versa. To help prepare students for this global market, the UTA Department of Modern Languages is pleased to offer a Certificate in Spanish Translation.

The Program

Students interested in receiving theoretical and practical training in Spanish-English and English-Spanish translation are eligible to apply to the Department of Modern Languages for this 15-hour certificate program dealing with translation, localization, computer-assisted translation and translation theory. Topics to be covered by coursework in the Certificate Program include medical, business, technical, scientific, legal, and literary translation. Prospective students must demonstrate writing proficiency in both Spanish and English.

PREREQUISITES

  • SPAN 3305 Advanced Spanish for Heritage Speakers 
    or 
    SPAN 3314 Advanced Spanish Grammar
  • SPAN 3315 Composition through Literature

REQUIRED COURSES:

  • SPAN 3340 Introduction to Translation
  • SPAN 4341 Business and Legal Translation
  • SPAN 4342 Medical, Scientific, and Technical Translation

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


SPAN 3340 Introduction to Translation

This course is an introduction to the theory, methods and practice of English to Spanish translation and Spanish to English translation. The student will learn how to address translation problems related to culture and language as well as the fundamentals of translating general material from different fields such as journalism, advertisement, tourism, gastronomy, health, business, etc. The student will also acquire basic knowledge of translation theory. Prerequisite: SPAN 3315 with grade of B or better. SPAN 3340 cannot be applied toward the B.A. in Spanish.

After completing this class with a B or higher, students must take SPAN 4341 and 4342 (these two classes do not need to be taken in sequence although it is strongly recommended).

SPAN 4341 Business and Legal Translation

An advanced course in translation with a focus on business and legal texts. Students deepen their knowledge of translation theory and are trained to build and consolidate their skills in specialized translation. May be taken concurrently with SPAN 4342. SPAN 4341 cannot be applied toward the B.A. in Spanish.

SPAN 4342 Medical, Scientific, and Technical Translation

An advanced course in translation with a focus on medical, scientific and technical translation. Students deepen their knowledge of translation theory and are trained to build and consolidate their skills in specialized translation. May be taken concurrently with SPAN 4341. SPAN 4342 cannot be applied toward the B.A. in Spanish.

PROGRAM COMPLETION

To receive the certificate, students are also required to pass an Exit Examination in translation.


Certificate in Spanish Interpreting


In the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, as in the rest of the United States and around the globe, there is a dramatic demand for professionals with a command of both Spanish and English who are capable of effectively interpreting from Spanish into English and vice versa. To help prepare students for this global market, the UTA Department of Modern Languages is pleased to offer a Certificate in Spanish Interpreting.

The Program

Students interested in receiving theoretical and practical training in Spanish-English and English-Spanish interpreting are eligible to apply to the Department of Modern Languages for this 15-hour certificate program dealing with community interpreting, and interpretation theory. Topics to be covered by coursework in the Certificate Program include interpreting in medical and legal settings. Prospective students must demonstrate writing proficiency in both Spanish and English.

Prerequisites

  • SPAN 2314 Intermediate Spanish II or SPAN 2315 Intermediate Spanish for Heritage Speakers
  • SPAN 3305 Advanced Spanish for Heritage Speakers 
    or
    SPAN 3314 Advanced Spanish Grammar

Required Courses

  • SPAN 3341 Introduction To Interpreting
  • SPAN 4343 Interpreting In Medical Settings
  • SPAN 4344 Interpreting In Legal Settings

Course Descriptions


SPAN 3341: INTRODUCTION TO INTERPRETING

Introduction to the theory, methods and practice of interpreting. The student will become familiar with community interpreting (interpreting in school, medical and legal settings) and interpreting theory. The student will begin to interpret in the simultaneous and consecutive (bilateral) modes. The student will also learn about sight translation. Prerequisite: SPAN 3305 or SPAN 3314 with a grade of C or better. Non-native/heritage speakers are also encouraged to take SPAN 3303 prior to enrolling in SPAN 3341. SPAN 3341 cannot be applied toward the B.A. in Spanish.

SPAN 4343: INTERPRETING IN MEDICAL SETTINGS

A study of different types of interpretation. Medical terminology in English and Spanish will be addressed with a special emphasis on the diverse roles of medical interpreters as well as various locations where they are needed, such as hospital clinics, doctor’s offices, and hearings that deal with medical issues. Ethical standards of practice in medical interpreting will be examined. Prerequisite: SPAN 3341 with a grade of B or better. SPAN 4343 cannot be applied toward the B.A. in Spanish.

SPAN 4344: INTERPETING IN LEGAL SETTINGS

A study of different types of interpretation. Legal terminology in English and Spanish will be addressed with special emphasis on the diverse roles of legal interpreters as well as various locations where they are needed, such as courtrooms, lawyer’s offices, and state, federal, or local law-enforcement facilities. Ethical standards of practice in legal interpreting will be examined. Prerequisite: SPAN 3341 with a grade of B or better. SPAN 4344 cannot be applied toward the B.A. in Spanish.

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