Certificate in Translation Studies



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  • Fee required
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    Non-degree students must already have a BA degree to qualify.



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The Certificate in Translation Studies for undergraduate and graduate students will prepare you for a rewarding career as a translator or language and cross-cultural communications specialist. The need is urgent and opportunities await you in fields such as literary translation and publishing, government, diplomacy, business, law, health care, software development, technical fields, and language services. We accept students working in every world language taught at the School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics (where 37 languages are taught). Standard translation practice requires that translators work from their second (B) language into their native (A) language. Good reading and writing skills are essential criteria for successful translation work.

Requirements for the Certificate Program

Prerequisites: six semesters of foreign language study in a language other than English; interest in translation as an academic discipline and as a profession. A translation studies advisor will meet with the student to work out a curriculum path for the program. Students should also consult with enrolling departments.