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Mexican American Studies: Translation & Interpretation Emphasis

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Mexican American Studies: Translation & Interpretation Emphasis

Bachelor of Arts

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The Mexican American Studies Translation and Interpretation program provides the academic and practical skills necessary for culturally responsive professional interpreter and translator services in healthcare and legal settings. The T&I program addresses fundamental philosophical, theoretical, practical, and technical areas and skills necessary for the provision of professional cross-cultural linguistic services in the healthcare and legal sectors. It provides the academic resources and practical skills necessary for professional development as an interpreter and translator in those areas. The program offers courses in social justice, applied linguistics, translation and interpretation theory and practice. These include related aspects of human rights and social-justice policies and standards for the provision of equal access to all people, and the role that language policies, translation and interpreting services for limited and non-English speaking populations play in attaining those goals. The curriculum explores how language works, the nature and structure of language, and aspects of linguistics relevant to the development of translation competence, especially grammatical competence in English and Spanish. It examines concepts and techniques related to perception, understanding, meaning, purpose, and function applied to professional translation and interpretation, as well as general aspects of the practice and professional standards of translation, interpretation and cross-cultural communication in healthcare and legal settings.

Major Details

College: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
Second Language Required:

4 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion of a two-course sequence beyond the second semester of post-secondary language instruction.
  • Completion with a C or higher of a 300- or 400-level language course at the post-secondary level.
  • Completion of one course beyond the third semester in combination with an AP (Advanced Placement) score, IB (International Baccalaureate) score or a CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) score determined by the individual language department.
  • An AP, IB, or CLEP language score determined by individual language departments.
  • A minimum of one semester study abroad in a language program approved by the appropriate language department as the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level.
4 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
ENGL 101 First-Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
First Semester Second Language 4
2nd Semester
ENGL 102 First-Year Composition 3
MATH 105 Math in Modern Society, LING 178 The Mathematics of Language and Linguistics, or PHIL 110 Logic and Critical Thinking 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Second Semester Second Language 4
3rd Semester
MAS 265 3
Minor 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Third Semester Second Language 4
4th Semester
MAS 317 3
Minor 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Fourth Semester Second Language 44
5th Semester
SPAN 341 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
6th Semester
SPAN 381 3
SPAN 382 3
Minor 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
7th Semester
SPAN 471 3
SPAN 472 3
Minor Course 3
Minor 3
Elective 3
8th Semester
MAS 498 3
MAS 481 3
MAS 482 3
Elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge of Mexican American history, culture, psychology, and politics, as well as experience with research methodologies, critical theory, and speaking and writing Spanish gained from a major in Mexican American Studies provides students with a strong career foundation. Graduates in the Translation and Interpretation concentration may use written or spoken translation skills in fields as diverse as health care, law, social services, education, international relations, outreach, or business. This major is also excellent preparation for graduate study in Mexican American or Latin American studies, public health, law, business, anthropology, or public policy.

Potential Career Areas

  • Translation/interpretation
  • Health care
  • Social services
  • International business
  • Education
  • Foreign relations
  • Legal services
  • Human resources
  • Media
  • Tourism

Sample Employers

  • Consulates
  • Government agencies
  • Community and international health organizations
  • Schools, colleges, and universities
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Businesses
  • Cultural centers
  • Legal offices
  • Social services organizations
  • Media outlets
  • Tourism agencies

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Translator $22,900 - $43,300
Patient Advocate $24,000 - $55,000
Foreign Service Officer $37,828 - $55,552
Family Law Mediator $27,000 - $97,000
Court Interpreter $21,000 - $62,000
Historic Preservationist $25,670 - $54,530
Community Organizer $18,000 - $45,000
Extension Agent $22,000 - $68,000
Foreign Correspondent $28,162 - $43,292
Human Services Worker $27,280 - $43,510