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Modern Language Translation

Modern Language Translation Overview

General Information
The Modern Language Translation program is designed for professionals who plan to pursue a career in translation and train for the American Translators Association (ATA) certification. The certificate is also intended for individuals who wish to communicate effectively in a multilingual and multicultural work environment. The sequence of courses provides translation training from Arabic, French, or Spanish into English.

Modern Language Translation Course Descriptions

ARABIC
ARA-500-Principles of Translation – 3 hours
This course, taught in English, serves as an introduction to the Translation Certificate Programs in French, Spanish, and Arabic. The course includes a survey of the main theories of translation and interpretation, a methodology section dealing with the linguistic and cultural aspects of language transfer, and a professional component including an overview of career opportunities and state-of-the art practices.

ARA-501-Translation Workshop I – 3 hours
This course focuses on the translation of journalistic, commercial, legal, and scientific texts from Arabic into English. The course includes the presentation of linguistic and cultural issues affecting meaning transfer from the original text into English. It also introduces the interpretation process.

ARA-502-Translation Workshop II – 3 hours
This course, which is a continuation of Translation Workshop I, also includes translations of contemporary literary excerpts and practice tests from the American Translators Association.

ARA-503-BusinessTranslation Workshop – 3 hours
This workshop focuses on the translation of Arabic business texts into English. Texts include printed and online promotional and informational material, as well as various types of business correspondence and transactions.

ARA-588- Cooperative Field Experience – 3 hours
This course provides an opportunity for supervised field experience or free-lance translation work. It includes the preparation of a professional portfolio.

FRENCH
FRE-500-Principles of Translation – 3 hours

This course, taught in English, serves as an introduction to the Translation Certificate Programs in French, Spanish, and Arabic. The course includes a survey of the main theories of translation and interpretation, a methodology section dealing with the linguistic and cultural aspects of language transfer, and a professional component including an overview of career opportunities and state-of-the art practices.

FRE-501-Translation Workshop I – 3 hours
This course focuses on the translation of journalistic, commercial, legal, and scientific texts from French into English. The course includes the presentation of linguistic and cultural issues affecting meaning transfer from the original text into English. It also introduces the interpretation process.

FRE-502-Translation Workshop II – 3 hours
This course, which is a continuation of Translation Workshop I, also includes translations of contemporary literary excerpts and practice tests from the American Translators Association.

FRE-503-BusinessTranslation Workshop – 3 hours
This workshop focuses on the translation of French business texts into English. Texts include printed and online promotional and informational material, as well as various types of business correspondence and transactions.

FRE-588- Cooperative Field Experience – 3 hours
This course provides an opportunity for supervised field experience or free-lance translation work. It includes the preparation of a professional portfolio.

SPANISH
SPA-500-Principles of Translation – 3 hours

This course, taught in English, serves as an introduction to the Translation Certificate Programs in French, Spanish, and Arabic. The course includes a survey of the main theories of translation and interpretation, a methodology section dealing with the linguistic and cultural aspects of language transfer, and a professional component including an overview of career opportunities and state-of-the art practices.

SPA-501-Translation Workshop I – 3 hours
This course focuses on the translation of journalistic, commercial, legal, and scientific texts from Spanish into English. The course includes the presentation of linguistic and cultural issues affecting meaning transfer from the original text into English. It also introduces the interpretation process.

SPA-502-Translation Workshop II – 3 hours
This course, which is a continuation of Translation Workshop I, also includes translations of contemporary literary excerpts and practice tests from the American Translators Association.

SPA-503-BusinessTranslation Workshop – 3 hours
This workshop focuses on the translation of Spanish business texts into English. Texts include printed and online promotional and informational material, as well as various types of business correspondence and transactions.

SPA-588- Cooperative Field Experience – 3 hours
This course provides an opportunity for supervised field experience or free-lance translation work. It includes the preparation of a professional portfolio.

Modern Language Translation Requirements

Admissions Requirements
Modern Language Translation courses are open to students who have completed their undergraduate work, including 20 hours or equivalent in the appropriate foreign language. They are also open to students who have native or near-native reading and writing proficiency in English and Arabic, French, or Spanish. Enrollment in a degree program is not mandatory.

Requirements for Translation Certificate
The Translation Certificate requires completion of fifteen credit hours in the following courses.

ARA 500, Principles of Translation
ARA 501, Translation Workshop I
ARA 502, Translation Workshop II
ARA 503, Business Translation Workshop
ARA 588, Cooperative Field Experience

OR

FRE 500, Principles of Translation
FRE 501, Translation Workshop I
FRE 502, Translation Workshop II
FRE 503, Business Translation Workshop
FRE 588, Cooperative Field Experience

OR

SPA 500, Principles of Translation
SPA 501, Translation Workshop I
SPA 502, Translation Workshop II
SPA 503, Business Translation Workshop
SPA 588, Cooperative Field Experience

The Translation Certificate is granted to students who complete each course in the sequence with a grade of B or better.

Gainful Employment

Gainful Employment information:  
Program length: 16 credit hours
   
Program costs:  
Tution 10,350
Fees 320
Books 750
   
Related Occupations: O*NET Codes
Interpreters and Translators 27-3091

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