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The study of world languages and literature lies at the very center of the humanities. World language majors not only acquire skills in reading, writing and speaking world languages, but they also explore and develop an appreciation for literature and broader cultures of lands and people around the globe. The Spanish program offers students the opportunity to study the language, literature, and culture of the Hispanic world, including both European and Latin American contexts. Our alumni work globally in multinational businesses, international and American-based nonprofit organizations, the Peace Corps and in schools and universities around the world.
A minor in Spanish and minor in Spanish translation/interpreting are also offered, requiring students to complete 18 hours of courses, with at least 12 hours of upper level Spanish courses. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, the number of job openings for interpreters and translators is projected to increase by an incredible 46% by the year 2022. Students pursuing this minor open up future career opportunities in a range of professional fields.
This course examines the historic and cultural exchanges between African-descended peoples of North and South America including mythology and folklore, music, religion and food ways. Moving from the coastal region of the Sea Islands and New Orleans to Cuba, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Brazil, we will examine literature, film and music to uncover the cross-cultural influences between the African diaspora of Latin America and the U.S. Students should be able to identify Africanisms in Afro-diasporic cultures of the Western Hemisphere and describe common cultural themes present in literature, film and music. Students completing this course for SPAN 304 credit will complete research, papers and projects in Spanish.
A key element of the Spanish Minor in Translation/Interpreting focuses on applying Spanish language and culture skills in professional contexts. This semester's topics will focus on the legal terms, situations and contexts that professionals working as Spanish translators and interpreters encounter.
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SPAN U311 Introduction to Non-Literary Translation (with Service Learning Component) with Maria Francesco-Monteso
This course will provide students with both the theoretical and practical problem-solving skills necessary for professional translation English
<>Spanish. Throughout the semester students will experience a brief introduction to legal, medical, technical and commercial translation using texts in their linguistic and cultural context with an overview of the current translator profession. In addition to language skills, freelance project management, ethics, billing and liability of professional translators will be studied. The course will end with a Service-Learning project where students will translate real documents for non-profit organizations from our Hispanic community, which are part of the Hispanic Alliance. These translation projects will assist our Hispanic community with LEP (limited English proficiency) to better understand the services offered in our county and state. **NOTE: This course is offered every spring, but can be taken as independent study in other semesters with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: ENGL U252 and SPAN202, or SPAN309
SPAN 312: Introduction to Interpreting with Prof. Maria Monteso Open to all Spanish majors/minors and students with superior/advanced oral skills in Spanish and English Prerequisites: SPCH 201, 201R and SPAN 202; or SPAN 310; or consent of the instructor. General understanding of the challenges in facilitating oral communication between monolingual speakers of English and Spanish focused on the medical field with a brief introduction to social work and educational contexts, as well. Develops basic skills for professional interpreting in its cultural context with practical exercises through role-playing and the use of audio and audiovisual material. This course has a service-learning component (15 hours) where students are required to interpret as volunteers for non-profit organizations in our community and to reflect on the experience. Students should attend the monthly Hispanic Alliance meetings in order to present themselves as volunteers and find an organization to interpret for. While the focus of this class is medical interpreting, students may volunteer interpret in any type of situation that requires an interpreter. You can learn more about translation and interpreting occupations and the future job outlook from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.
SPAN U314 Advanced Spanish Language II with Dr. June Carter
This is the second of two writing courses designed to improve students’ writing skills in Spanish through continued practice of the fundamental elements of the language. Students continue practice of the fundamental elements of the language and exercises in composition. Spanish majors, students with a knowledge of Spanish and anyone who is interested in understanding the nature of writing or seeing writing as a process and communicative act rather than a product are encouraged to enroll. To encourage the development of foreign language proficiency, this course is standards-driven, based on the National Standards for World Language Learning and the South Carolina Academic Achievement Standards.
Required Texts: Composición: proceso y síntesis by Valdés, Dvorak, Hannum, McGraw Hill, 2008; Cuaderno de práctica, 2008; Diccionario de sinónimos e ideas, Afines (Larousse). Recommended reference book: MLA Handbook, latest edition.
***Prerequisite: SPAN U309 or consent of instructor.
SPAN U321 Latin American Civilization in both Spanish and English with Dr. June Carter
¡Bienvenidos a la clase de civilización latinoamericana! Este curso abarca la historia y la cultura de América Latina desde la América antigua hasta la época moderna. Se exploran temas como la identidad, el nacionalismo, la religión, la geografía, la música y el arte. Los objetivos de este curso son:
Libro: Latinoamérica: su civilización y su cultura, Eugenio Chang-Rodríguez, Thomson Heinle, cuarta edición, 2008
This course explores the cultural heritage of Latin American people from the pre-Columbian period to the present. This course is one of five that help Spanish and Spanish education majors fulfill core and supporting course requirements. Spanish and Spanish education majors, as well as all students with a knowledge of Spanish and those interested in improving their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in Spanish are encouraged to enroll. To encourage the development of foreign language proficiency, this course is standards-driven, based on the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning and the South Carolina Academic Achievement Standards.
*Prerequisite: SPAN U202 or consent of instructor.
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