Following La Salle’s general admissions standards for graduate programs in liberal arts, candidates for the Certification in Interpretation, Spanish-English/English-Spanish (CII), must meet the following minimum requirements:
- An undergraduate degree. Either a B.A. or a B.S. is possible, but a B.A. is preferred because it usually indicates interest and training in areas relevant to the CII’s content and orientation.
- A GPA of at least 3.0 as an undergraduate is preferred.
- Two letters of recommendation from professors at the college level. If the applicant has been out of school for more than two years, the letters of recommendation may be provided by current or past supervisors.
- Evidence of an “Advanced” Level in Spanish. This may be determined in a variety of ways and will be left to the discretion of the Program Director. Some typical indicators are as follows:
- as an undergraduate, a Spanish major, minor, or double major with a GPA in Spanish above 3.0;
- working experience as a translator/interpreter;
- bilingual competency despite the lack of academic credits specifically in language courses;
- successful completion (evidenced by official transcript) of studies in a Spanish-speaking country at the University level with a comparable grading system and the level expected is “notable” or higher equivalent to a "B";
- finally, demonstrated language skills with Spanish and English as determined, through interview, by the Director of the program. All students will be interviewed by the Director or the Graduate Academic Adviser, or both, for language assessment purposes. Inability to show sufficient linguistic competency with the English/Spanish language pair will result in a “no admission” decision irrespective of academic and/or professional achievement up to that point.
It is preferable (but not required) that candidates for admission to the CII have done some kind of work, voluntary or compensated, in a setting involving intercultural interaction. Typical kinds of experience are community-oriented outreach, hospital volunteering, an undergraduate internship at a place where Spanish is spoken or written as part of the normal routine, and/or part-time work in a school, business, law firm, or clinic where Spanish is used routinely.
The program is also intended to serve working professionals who might have already had formal experience in one of the areas of specialization (legal, healthcare, and business Spanish). For these individuals the letters of recommendation required could come from employers, past and present.
The application for admission may be obtained by contacting the Graduate Academic Adviser, Ms. Guadalupe Da Costa Montesinos, via -email at email@example.com, by phone at 215.991,3592, by fax at 215.991.3546, or by mail at La Salle University, 1900 West Olney Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19141.
Candidates may also contact the Director, Dr. Carmen E. Lamas directly via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 215.951.1209.
Please note: Online applications for admission may be filed by accessing La Salle’s Web site, www.lasalle.edu.