Course planning for B.A. in Linguistics – Option in Translation Studies

Course planning for B.A. in Linguistics with Option in Translation Studies

When in doubt about the requirements for this (or any) major, check the CSULB Catalog. If there is a conflict between what’s written in the Catalog and elsewhere, the Catalog is what counts.

Required courses:

  • LING 101 Introduction to the World’s Languages (prereq: ENGL 100B or GE Area A2) 
  • LING 170 Introduction to Linguistics (prereq/coreq: GE Foundation course) 
  • LING 300 Professional Development for Linguists
  • LING 325 Modern English Grammar
  • LING 329 Language Acquisition 
  • LING 420 Phonology (prereq: 170)
  • LING 421 Syntax (prereq: 325)

Sociocultural requirement (choose any 1)

  • LING 379 Sociolinguistics (prereq: 170)
  • LING 413 Language and Culture (prereq: 170)
  • LING 477 Language Socialization

Translation Option-Specific requirements (Take these three and then one of the set which follows (TRST 410, 435, or 451))

  • TRST 201 – Meaning in Transit: An Introduction to Translation Studies (3 units)
  • TRST 301 – Translation: Ethics, Theory, and Practice (prereq: 201 C or better) (3 units)
  • TRST 401 – Translation Workshop (prereq: 301 C or better) (3 units)
  • Then take one of the following (choose any 1):
  • TRST 410 – Literary Translation in Transit (3 units)
  • TRST 435 – Cognitive Translatology and Bilingualism (3 Units)
  • TRST 451 – Audiovisual Translation (3 units)

Electives (choose any 3)

Take three additional courses (9 units) in Linguistics or translation at the 300 or 400 level. Courses that may be used towards this requirement include all upper-division LING courses except LING 339, or any of the following (Other upper-division language courses may be substituted with advisor permission. The C/LA 492 internship course may also be substituted for an elective with advisor permission.):

  • ASLD 306 – American Sign Language Linguistics (3 units)
  • FREN 460 – The Art of Translation (3 units)
  • GERM 306 – Translating German to English (3 units)
  • ITAL 460 – Exploring Italian Translation (3 units)
  • LING 301 – Introduction to Research Methods (3 units)
  • LING 310 – Academic and Technical English Vocabulary Acquisition: A Linguistic Approach (3 units)
  • LING 360 – The Languages of Africa (3 units)
  • LING 363 – Implications of Human Language  (3 units)  (Writing Intensive)
  • LING 401 – Corpus Linguistics (3 units)
  • LING 413 – Language and Culture (3 units)
  • LING 422 – Discourse Analysis (3 units)
  • LING 423 – Semantics (3 units)
  • LING 424 – Laboratory Phonetics  (3 units)
  • LING 425 – Education Across Cultures  (3 units) or ANTH 421 
  • LING 426 – History of the English Language (3 units) or ENGL 426 
  • LING 438 – Psycholinguistics (3 units)
  • LING 450 – Teaching Second Language Listening and Speaking (3 units)
  • LING 460 – Teaching Second Language Composition (3 units)
  • LING 470 – Language and Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3 units)
  • LING 472 – Language and Social Justice  (3 units)  (Writing Intensive)
  • LING 477 – Language Socialization (3 units)
  • LING 486 – Second Language Teaching Methods (3 units)
  • LING 490 – Selected Topics in Linguistics (1‑3 units)
  • SPAN 461 – Introduction to Translation and Interpretation (3 units)
  • SPAN 462 – Written and Sight Translation I: English/Spanish (3 units)
  • SPAN 463 – Written and Sight Translation II: Spanish/English (3 units)
  • SPAN 464 – Consecutive Interpretation I (3 units)
  • SPAN 465 – Consecutive Interpretation II (3 units)
  • SPAN 466 – Simultaneous Interpretation English/Spanish (3 units)
  • SPAN 467 – Simultaneous Interpretation Spanish/English (3 units)
  • TRST 410 – Literary Translation in Transit (3 units)
  • TRST 435 – Cognitive Translatology and Bilingualism (3 Units)
  • TRST 451 – Audiovisual Translation (3 units)

Language requirement: fourth semester level in one language, or second semester level in two languages of which one is not Indo-European.

What order should I take the courses in?

Take the required courses (in LING and TRST Studies) at the earliest opportunity. If you leave a required course until the last semester, you might have to delay graduation if you can’t fit the course in. Also, plan ahead how you will finish your language requirement. For Translation Option majors, the language requirement should be finished as early as possible, so you have time to take additional translation-related coursework where available.

First priority: LING 101, LING 170, LING 300, and LING 325. Of these, 170 is higher priority, because it is the prerequisite for many other courses.

Second priority: LING 329, LING 423 (Semantics is strongly recommended for TRST Option majors), TRST 201, TRST 301. 

Third priority: LING 420, LING 421, Sociocultural Requirement, TRST 301

Fourth priority: TRST 401, and the final TRST course (410, 435 or 451) and then finish the Elective courses. Among these, prioritize those that are offered Fall only or Spring only.