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Admission to the program is temporarily suspended effective spring 2013 and will resume contingent on university approval procedures.

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies

109 Satterfield Hall
Tel: 330-672-2150
Fax: 330-672-4009


The Bachelor of Science in Spanish Translation is a pre-professional degree designed for students to develop the skills needed to become working translators. It also introduces the rudiments of translation theory as it applies to the actual practice of translation. Graduates may enter graduate programs in translation (the professional degree) or go on to work for government, business or industry, for translation agencies or as freelance translators. While meeting requirements designed to ensure competence in Spanish, translation majors take five core courses in translation during the junior and senior years. The 27-credit subject area specialty requirement enables translation students to acquire a level of expertise in a specific field in which they can specialize as translators. Translation majors are strongly encouraged to undertake study in a country where Spanish is spoken.

Career Opportunities

Translators provide products and services, and work with written documents, as distinguished from interpreters, who work as oral language mediators. Most practitioners pursue one field or the other; it is less common to work in both. Interpreters and translators are employed in a variety of industries: schools, colleges, and universities; healthcare and social assistance, especially hospitals; and other areas of government, such as Federal, State, and local courts. Other employers of interpreters and translators include interpreting and translation agencies, and publishing companies. Many translators will require on-the-job training in addition to Kent’s pre-professional BS in Spanish Translation. Translators work predominantly into the mother tongue.

About 26 percent of interpreters and translators are self-employed, and thus majors should have a strong foundation in entrepreneurship; those who work in-house should be aware that such opportunities are growing steadily fewer due to outsourcing and vendor consolidation. Many translators rely on other sources of income to supplement earnings, such as teaching or language consultancy. The career outlook is best for those who gain a functional ability with translation tools and value-added skills such as revising/editing/proofreading and desktop publishing. Prospects are currently strong in software internationalization and webpage localization (making products, text, or images acceptable to target-country market norms). Literary translation, while not a highly remunerative activity, is nevertheless an important area of the field. To break into the language industry, many inexperienced translators do pro bono humanitarian translation, preferably under supervision.

The freelancer’s best credential at present is to become certified in the language combination through the American Translators Association, or for interpreters, through federal bodies at the national level. Growth projections for the coming decade are strong for the Spanish-English combination due in part to the rise in the Hispanic population in the U.S.

(Sources: Common Sense Advisory; Byte Level Research; Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Admission Requirements

General Admissions for New Freshman: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

General Admissions for Transfer Students: Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for transfer students.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 121 total credit hours  and  42 upper-division hours for graduation. Minimum 2.000 GPA overall and 2.000 GPA in major required for graduation.

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

Valencia, Spain (Fundacion ESTEMA, an affiliate of the Universidad Europea de Madrid and American Translators Associated-approved translation school)

Student Organizations

Phi Sigma Iota, Salsa

Advanced Degree Programs

Spanish (M.A.), Secondary Education: Spanish (M.A.T.), Translation: Spanish (M.A., Ph.D.)

Admission to the program is temporarily suspended and will resume contingent on university approval procedures.

  • Spanish Translation semester by semester roadmap

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Type Course Title Credits
  SPAN 18201 Elementary Spanish I (4)  
    18202 Elementary Spanish II (4)  
    28201 Intermediate Spanish I (3)  
    28202 Intermediate Spanish II (3)  
III. MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (82 credits)**  Courses count in major GPA 
Type Course Title Credits
  ENG 20002

Introduction to Technical Writing (3)
Business and Professional Writing (3)
  MCLS 30420 Foreign Language and Culture Studies 3
  SPAN 38211 Spanish Grammar and Composition 3
    38213 Spanish Reading and Conversation 3
    38215 Spanish Phonetics and Diction 3
    38231 Translation Practice: Spanish 1
    38240 Conversation for Business and Special Purposes 3
    38421 Civilization of Spain 3
    38424 Culture and Civilization of Latin America 3
    48215 Advanced Spanish Composition and Conversation 3
WIC   48230 Advanced Translation Practice*** 3
    48240 Business and Special Texts 3
  TRST 20009 Multilingual Information Lifecycle 3
    30230 Approaches to Translation 3
    30330 Cross-Language Mediation 3
    38303 Medical Spanish Translation and Interpreting 3
  Subject Area Specialty**** 27
  Choose from the following: 9
  SPAN 38330 Early Spanish Literature (3)***  
    38331 Recent Spanish Literature (3)***  
    38334 Early Spanish-American Literature (3)***  
    38335 Recent Spanish-American Literature (3)***  
    3/4xxxx Any SPAN 3/40000-level Literature course (3-9)  
Type Course Title Credits
  Kent Core Additional (must be from two categories) 6
  Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)+ 6-7
  Kent Core Composition 6-8
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each) 9
  Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3-5
  Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)+ 6
  College General Requirement (taken from any Kent Core Categories or Foreign Language) 8
  General Electives
Credits required depends on meeting minimum 121 credit hours and minimum 42 upper-division credit hours

*Many students begin their university studies with substantial proficiency in Spanish and therefore, should begin their program of study with the first course in the Spanish major, SPAN 38211. Other students may need to complete one or more of the prerequisite courses: SPAN 18201, SPAN 18202, SPAN 28201, SPAN 28202. Starting Spanish studies in the appropriate courses(s) is critical to on-time graduation. All students intending to major in Spanish should contact a Spanish faculty advisor in the department of Modern and Classical Language Studies for individualized placement and advising information prior to enrolling in their first Spanish course. Students entering the university with substantial knowledge of Spanish should consider taking the College-Level Examination Program ( ) through which they may receive up to 14 hours of university credit. Students wishing to earn credit through CLEP should take the exam several weeks prior to enrolling in their first Spanish course to ensure eligibility, timely granting of credits, and timely placement into the correct Spanish courses(s).

** All courses taken from the list of major program requirements are used in the calculation of the major GPA.

*** A minimum C grade must be earned in SPAN 38330, 38331, 38334, 38335 or 48230 to fulfill writing-intensive requirement.

**** The Subject Area Specialty is a departmentally approved coherent sequence of courses in one or more other disciplines (i.e., not in the Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies). In order to be approved, the Subject Area Specialty must include courses in an area or areas that are currently marketable, such as business, legal studies, international relations, political science, computer science, chemistry, physics or other "hard" sciences. The Subject Area Specialty may include up to 17 credit hours of a different language in the sequence through composition/conversation. It may also optionally include MCLS 28404 The Latin American Experience and MCLS 28405 The Spanish Experience. Total credits: 27. The recommended Kent Core courses (see Kent Core Summary) may be included within this area with advisor approval.

+ Recommended Kent Core Courses
Kent Core Basic Sciences:
BSCI 10001 Human Biology (3)
CHEM 10050 Fundamentals of Chemistry (3)
GEOL 21062 Environmental Geology (3)

Kent Core Social Sciences:
ECON 22060 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
ECON 22061 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)

++ Students who fulfill the language requirement in fewer than 14 hours as a result of starting their Spanish studies in a course higher than SPAN 28202, will complete remaining hours with general electives.