The Certificate in Spanish Interpreting is for students preparing to integrate language skills and Hispanic studies into their chosen careers.
The program includes courses designed to help students develop their skills in speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing. Students will gain an understanding of the cultures of Latin America, as well as Hispanics/Latinos in the United States. A distinguishing feature of the program is the requirement that all students do internships working among Hispanics in the Winchester-Frederick County community. The certificate requires 21 academic credits.
Shenandoah University’s Languages Department prepares you to be a true global citizen. In addition to instruction in Spanish and other languages, you’ll have opportunities to participate in community service and study abroad opportunities around the world. Our small, interactive classes are led by professors who combine cutting-edge scholarship with individualized attention to help you develop to your fullest potential.
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Enrich your career and become a global citizen through languages and cultures.
Shenandoah University’s Department of Languages and Cultural Studies seeks to prepare students to be true Global Citizens. In addition to instruction in Spanish, French, German and English as a Second Language, we promote community service in the target language and study abroad opportunities around the world.
In today’s global marketplace, languages are a valuable addition to your résumé, opening doors to better career opportunities and higher salaries.
Shenandoah University’s College of Arts & Sciences is your direct connection to a classic, broad-based education to satisfy both your intellectual curiosity and career goals. With a 10:1 student-faculty ratio, small classes and individualized learning opportunities, we put students at the center of all our decisions and events.
We blend the liberal arts with pre-professional courses and hands-on learning to prepare you for careers in the natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. You’ll learn through small, engaging classes and relationships with faculty mentors; hone your skills to solve problems; and learn to use creativity and critical thinking to make informed decisions.
The Career Services staff helps Shenandoah students search and apply for internships related to their major and career goals. Internships differentiate you as an applicant in your future job searches, provide hands on experience in your field, allow you to sample different career paths for your major, and help you find a specific position that fits your passion before graduation.
REQUIRED COURSEWORK (9 credits)
SPAN 301 Conversation
SPAN 302 Composition
SPAN 312 Latin American Civilization and Culture
PLUS any two of the following courses (6 credits)
SPAN 315 Reading in U.S. Latino Literature & Culture
SPAN 316 The Southern Cone
SPAN 320 Survey of Peninsular Literature
SPAN 325 Survey of Latin American Literature
SPAN 403 Topics
SPAN 411 Advanced Oral Spanish
SPAN 412 Advanced Written Spanish
SPAN 440 Second Language Acquisition
SPAN 451 Introduction to Translation
SPAN 452 Advanced Spanish Translation
PLUS community internships (6 credits)
SPAN 391 Internship
SPAN 392 Internship
SPAN 393 Internship
Students interested in this program should also look into these other majors, graduate degrees, minors, and certificates.
All majors within the College of Arts & Sciences require students to complete a minor in the program of their choice at Shenandoah.
These majors complement this program well:
These minors complement this program well:
You may want to think about enhancing your degree with these certificates that pair well with this program:
Shenandoah University works on rolling admissions and accepts applications throughout the year. Applications are reviewed individually and holistically.
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Make studying abroad the highlight of your college experience! Whether you go for a year, a semester, or just a few weeks. You will never forget learning in another culture! The Center for International Programs is here to help you plan your study abroad experience. Start your planning early to ensure the courses you complete abroad count toward your degree and you graduate on time.
Global Experiential Learning (GEL) Program
The Global Experiential Learning (GEL) Program offers Shenandoah students a short-term, faculty-led, study-abroad experience for academic credit. These short-term, credit-bearing, faculty-led programs are offered winter break, spring break, and during the summer. If a course is not within your major, it might be used as an elective.
Shenandoah University is a member of the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), a global network of 300 universities. This partnership allows students to study for a full semester or year at other member campuses abroad. By working closely with their academic advisors and the study abroad advisor, students can take classes taught in English abroad while receiving Shenandoah credit.
Shenandoah University also maintains direct partnerships with several universities around the world. These relationships allow students from SU to study abroad as exchange students and students from these universities to study at SU. All partner universities offer courses taught in English.
Short-Term Mission Projects
Shenandoah University also offers short-term mission projects, both in the US and abroad. Spanish professor Dr. Ann Lesman has participated in trips to Guatemala, Mexico, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Panama, and the Dominican Republic.