Translation (Spanish/English)

The Spanish/English translation concentration is designed to provide students with advanced training required for professional translation in both public and private sectors. Students will be prepared for the rigorous examinations required by national and international agencies, and training as an ancillary skill for professional fields, such as international business, public health, medicine and law, in accordance with guidelines recommended by the American Translators Association.


  • Admission to this Interdisciplinary Studies concentration program is required prior to registration for core courses (BIS or SPA courses). As part of the admission process, students must also take an entrance exam (offered in December and May), which requires prerequisite course work. For complete details about the admission process and entrance exam see the School of International Letters and Cultures website:
  • Courses for this concentration area are not offered every semester, students must anticipate that the program may take at least two years to complete once admitted.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 20 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours.
  • A minimum of 6 upper-division hours must be taken in courses offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher. Pass/Fail courses cannot be used.
  • SPA 412 and/or ENG 301 can be waived if the student can present proof of having taken an equivalent course at another institution, or having had substantial formal education in Spanish and/or English.
  • Course SLC 485 listed on the DARS report is no longer available; choose from the courses listed in the Translation area below.
  • SLC 494 Legal Translation and SLC 494 Medical Translation are in the process of being regularized to replace SLC 483.

Core 6 Hours

SPA 400 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics (3) (Prerequisites: SPA 413 with a D or better, or be co-enrolled in SPA 413)


SLC 201 Introduction to Linguistics, HU or SB (3)

SLC 401 Translation Theory and Practice (3) (Required) (Prerequisites: SPA 314 or SPA 316 or SPA 413 with C or better)

Translation 12 Hours
Choose courses from the following:

SLC 481 Technical and Scientific Translation (3) (Prerequisites: SLC 401)

SLC 482 Business and Financial Translation (3) (Prerequisites: SLC 401)

SLC 483 Medical and Legal Translation (3)

SLC 494 Legal Translation (3)

SLC 494 Medical Translation (3)

Internship 2 Hours

SLC 484 Internship: Translation Certificate (Required)

All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.









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