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Spanish Translation Program

This 18-hour program will provide students with a general academic background and hands-on experience in translation. It can be taken as a stand-alone program or in conjunction with another major. The program aims to develop skills in the areas of written and oral communication and cultural competency through the use of real-world materials and scenarios. Students will have the opportunity to build vocabulary and gain experience in the translation of medical, legal, business/financial and general literature documents. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to apply language-related skills in a variety of professional venues such as businesses, medical facilities, courts, law enforcement and social services agencies, education and other job scenarios requiring literacy skills.

The Translation Program supports the mission of the Department of Spanish to prepare students for the multicultural, multilingual world in which they live. It is open to all majors.

Program Brochure


1.  Complete all University of North Georgia (UNG) general institutional admissions requirements.

2.  Complete SPAN 2002 (or equivalent) with a grade of B or higher. (Note: this prerequisite can also be satisfied by CLEP examination).

3.  Complete prerequisite for SPAN 3630 with a B or higher (choose one)

  • SPAN 3510  Grammar and Composition
  • SPAN 3520  Spanish for Heritage Speakers
  • SPAN 4510  Advanced Language Skills

Exit Requirements:

  • A minimum of B in each course in the program of study.
  • Pass an exit examination upon completion of courses. 

Note: A minimum of 12 hours must be taken at UNG.

Note: This is not associated with the American Translators Association (ATA) certificate. Learn more about the ATA certificate.

Spanish Translation - Program of Study

Required Courses in order (6 hours) - see above prerequisite

  • SPAN 3630 Foundations of Translation
  • SPAN 4630 Translation Practice

Culture requirement (3 hours / choose one)

  • SPAN 3010  Spanish Culture and Civilization
  • SPAN 3020  Latin American Culture and Civilization
  • SPAN 3031  Mexican Culture
  • SPAN 3040  Mapping Latin American Music

Elective Courses (6 hours / choose two not previously taken)

  • SPAN 3010  Spanish Culture and Civilization
  • SPAN 3020  Latin American Culture and Civilization
  • SPAN 3110  Introduction to Literature
  • SPAN 3520  Spanish for Heritage Speakers
  • SPAN 3610  Commercial Spanish
  • SPAN 3620  Medical Spanish
  • SPAN 4410  Spanish Linguistics

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