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Certificate Programs

The department offers two certificate programs: (1) Certificate in Spanish for the Professions and (2) Certificate in Translation & Interpretation. Both programs are available to regularly matriculated students and to Open University students from the community at large.

Regularly matriculated students register for the courses through the usual channels. Persons from the community at large may do so by obtaining a Concurrent Enrollment Form at the College of Extended Studies, taking it to the class for the professor to sign, returning it to Extended Studies, and paying the fees there. Open University students pay fees per credit hour. For current rate, please contact College of Extended Studies at 594-5152.

This certificate enhances the language skills and cultural competencies for a broad array of professions to include business, education, health, law and criminal justice, and translation and interpretation. 

Requirements

Prerequisites
The admission requirement for the certificate is completion of SPAN 301 and 302, or 381, and SPAN 350.

Required Classes
After meeting the basic requirements for admission, the student must complete 15 units to include:

  • SPAN 307 - Introduction to Business Spanish
  • SPAN 408 - Spanish for Educators 
  • SPAN 409 - Spanish for Health Professions
  • SPAN 410 - Spanish for Legal and Criminal Justice Professionals
  • SPAN 491 - Introduction to Translation Studies

All courses in the certificate program must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better. Up to nine unit in the certificate program may be counted toward the major in Spanish and six units may be counted toward the minor in Spanish.

See the SDSU catalog for current course descriptions.

A prospective candidate for the certificate should possess a bilingual facility in Spanish and English. The student must demonstrate writing proficiency in both Spanish and English either by completing with a grade of B (3.0) or better RWS 305W (or pass the Writing Placement Assessment with a score of 10 or above, and SPAN 301, SPAN 302, and SPAN 350) or by demonstrating similar written language proficiency prior to starting work on the certificate. The student must complete an interpreting skills admission test with a grade of B (3.0) or better (contact program director). The student may be advised to take SPAN 391 in preparation for the certificate.

Up to nine units in the certificate program may be counted toward the major in Spanish and six units may be counted toward the minor in Spanish.

Required Classes

The student must complete with a GPA of 3.0 or better 15 units.

  • SPAN 491 - Introduction to Translation Studies
  • SPAN 492 - Translation Theory
  • SPAN 493 - Advanced Spanish-English/English-Spanish Translation 
  • SPAN 594A - Consecutive English/Spanish Interpretation
  • SPAN 594B - Simultaneous English/Spanish Interpretation

See the SDSU catalog for current course descriptions.

 

Advising

Dr. Alda Blanco

Office: AL 134B |  Email: [email protected]

 

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