Program Details

Bachelor of Arts in Spanish

Offered By: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Next Start Date:
Program Now Enrolling
CourseLength:
Total Program Credits: 120
Campus: 15 weeks
Transfer Credits:
Up to 90 credits, only 84 can be lower division
Program Tuition Rate:
Campus: $8250 per semester. [More Info]

Overview

Serve as an English and Spanish Interpreter or Translator

Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Arts in Spanish degree program prepares students who seek to apply their passion for Spanish into a meaningful career as a professional interpreter or translator. Earning your bachelor’s degree in Spanish is an opportunity to help others effectively communicate in their own profession, build relationships and deliver or exchange information.

This career-focused BA in Spanish program is designed for students who are native or non-native Spanish speakers. Start at the 100 level to focus on basic language and conversation skills, including the development of listening, reading, writing and speaking skills. The second level deepens your speaking and writing abilities. You will learn to apply grammar, expand your vocabulary and give attention to the Spanish culture. At the third level, you will have developed the competency to apply language conversationally, as well as gain expertise in grammar accuracy and structure. This level further supports students in developing the ability to use language to understand cultural differences. Then you will move on to engage in theory and methodology necessary to perform your professional duties.

Degree Outcomes

Play a Key Role in Effective Communication

Graduates will possess the active communication skills, cultural awareness, historical perspectives and ethical responsibility to effectively interpret and translate. Equipped with this bachelor’s degree in Spanish, you can explore jobs for Spanish majors in various types of organizations in need of translators, including schools, healthcare, Christian organizations, government entities, private enterprises and criminal justice.

A career in Spanish interpretation and translation is continually challenging and ever-changing as you may move into different fields and respond to diverse demands by conveying meaning in distinctive ways. If you shift to a new field, you will have the foundation to skillfully adopt to the specific terminology, which strengthens your overall skillset.

What You Will Learn

Deepen Your Understanding of the Spanish Language

Throughout the Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, you will expand basic language knowledge and mere fluency into mastered proficiency of the Spanish language. Curriculum aligns with standards established by the American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages. Courses center on conversational skills, reading and writing through advanced study of the language, history, culture and contemporary issues. The BA in Spanish concludes with the Spanish capstone project, which provides the opportunity to produce multiple major works of translation in the areas of medical, legal, business and educational Spanish in both Peninsular and Latin American dialects.

Although this program does not lead to licensure or certification, you will be well-prepared to take any exam or board for translation and/or interpretation.

Career Outcomes

Pursue In-Demand Jobs for Spanish Majors

As a subject matter expert in the Spanish language and culture, you can explore a wide range of settings (such as courtrooms, conference centers and customer service) in which to serve as a professional translator.

Globalization and increasing diversity grow the demand for this profession. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the interpreter and translator profession is projected to increase by 29 percent between 2014 and 2024 with an employment change of 17,500.* Interpreters and translators also have opportunities to work from home, freelance, seek self-employment, obtain certification or licensure and advance their education at the graduate level.


*Information obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Course List

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General Education Requirements:
34-40 credits
Major:
44 credits
Open Elective Credits:
36-42 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
120 credits

General Education Requirements

General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University’s General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.

Requirements

Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.

Course Options

  • UNV-103, University Success: 4 credits
  • UNV-303, University Success: 4 credits

Requirements

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.

Course Options

  • ENG-105, English Composition I: 4 credits
  • UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4 credits
  • ENG-106, English Composition II: 4 credits
  • COM-263, Elements of Intercultural Communication: 4 credits

Requirements

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.

Course Options

  • CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4 credits
  • CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4 credits

Requirements

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments. Students are required to take 3 credits of college mathematics or higher.

Course Options

  • MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4 credits

Requirements

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, crosscultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.

Course Options

  • INT-244, World Religions: 4 credits
  • PSY-100, Psychology in Everyday Life: 4 credits
  • SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course further builds Spanish vocabulary and language structure. Oral practice, short compositions, textbook readings, and cultural activities are stressed. Will include some study of Spanish-language cultures. Prerequisite: SPA-105.

Course Description

This course continues to build on vocabulary, language structure, oration and composition skills. Will include some study of Spanish-language cultures. Prerequisite: SPA-214.

Course Description

This course helps students speak with fluency and standard pronunciation, to develop facility in the language, and to become conversant with culture, common expression, and everyday usage. This course includes some study of Spanish-language cultures. Prerequisite: SPA-224.

Course Description

This writing-intensive course helps the student express a wide range of style in writing: description, narration, persuasion, comparison/contrast, and dialogue through careful drafting and editing of content, grammar, and orthography. Will include some study of Spanish-language cultures. Prerequisite: SPA-224.

Course Description

This course is designed to discuss and analyze contemporary events and issues in the Spanish-speaking world. Prerequisite: SPA-309.

Course Description

This writing-intensive course provides an introduction to literary concepts, terminology, and theory with application to poetic, dramatic, and prose texts. This course includes some study of Spanish-language cultures. Prerequisite: SPA-310.

Course Description

This course provides an overview of the historical evolution of translation and interpretation across cultures. It offers important information on the function and feasibility in both fields.

Course Description

This course introduces practical terminology and professional language in everyday, on-the-job situations from a cross-cultural perspective.

Course Description

This course explores software such as SDL Trados and Atril to aid translators to work faster and more accurately.

Course Description

This course further explores practical terminology and professional language in everyday, on-the-job situations from a cross-cultural perspective in various professional fields.

Course Description

This course provides an opportunity to produce multiple major works of translation in the areas of: Medical, Legal, Business, and Educational Spanish in both Peninsular and Latin American dialects.

Program Locations

Campus

Campus

Join Grand Canyon University’s vibrant and growing campus community, with daytime classes designed for traditional students. Immerse yourself in a full undergraduate experience, complete with curriculum designed within the context of our Christian worldview. New modern classrooms, suite-style residence halls, popular dining options, resort-style swimming pools and a focus on creating a dynamic student life make GCU a top choice for high school graduates and transfer students. Exciting events, well-known guest speakers and Division I athletics round out the traditional student experience. Our welcoming campus community is the perfect place to find your purpose.

* The Department of Education defines how an institution must calculate a program's On-Time Completion rate for federal disclosure purposes. The On-Time Completion rate is based on a program’s published required number of months to complete all degree requirements as provided in the institution’s catalog. Completion statistics are updated every January and are based on the cohort of students who graduated between 7/1 – 6/30 of the preceding year. The On-Time Completion rate is determined by the number of students in the cohort who completed the program within the published program length divided by the number of students in the cohort who graduated.



* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.