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Translation Studies (Certificate)
English - Spanish, Spanish - English

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English – Spanish, Spanish – English

The Translation Studies graduate certificate is offered entirely online at the University of Denver and helps students expand their translator skills and stay competitive in the marketplace. Students with proficiency in Spanish and English will gain a broad theoretical and practical background in translation studies, as well as practice in different types of translation (legal, commercial, financial, localization, political, and medical translation).

For students interested in pursuing a career in the global translation industry, the Translation Studies certificate at University College is an ideal opportunity to gain valuable experience necessary to perform effectively in this challenging and competitive field, including a professional practicum experience. Credits earned through this graduate certificate may apply toward a master's degree in Global Affairs.

Global Affairs Outcomes

This program prepares students to:

  • Define and discuss globalization in terms of business, culture, government, and major issues
  • Define culture and assess cultural differences
  • Navigate international legalities of working globally
  • Research cultural traditions and regional histories to holistically describe and work within another culture in a context of global affairs
  • Compare the diverse interpersonal relationship styles of various cultures and their impact on communication, trade, politics, and human discourse
  • Gain sensitivity to and be able to discuss different perspectives as they are influenced by national origin, cultural identification, varying levels of economic success, and divergent methods of political interaction; and
  • Be attentive to the global nature of 21st century human interaction in future international friendships and business dealings

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Required Courses

The graduate Certificate of Advanced Study in Translation Studies requires completion of 24 credit hours (6 courses).

NOTE: Registration for all translation studies coursework requires admission to the Certificate of Advanced Study in Translation Studies. Students may only begin Translation Studies coursework in the fall or spring quarters; students may take non-translation courses in any quarter. Translation Studies courses may require prerequisites.

Concentration Courses - 16 qtr. hrs (Choose 4)

Professional Concentration courses allow students to focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector in which they are working or wish to work, and master the skills needed to excel in that area.

Further Study - 8 qtr. hrs (Choose 2)

Further Studies Options allow students to customize their degrees to match their career needs by either choosing in-depth study in their concentration by selecting three of the following courses, or exploring other options by using our Degree Builder tool.

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Careers in Translation Studies Certificate

Translator, Proofreader, Editor, Researcher, Transcriber, Publisher, Writer, Guide, Freelancer, Teacher, Tutor, Business Manager, Medical Translator.

Translating, writing, communicating, research, editing, collaboration, marketing, public speaking, analysis, presentation.

A broad reach into international markets, advancement in technologies, and growing demand for language communication has led to a 42% increase in translator job growth by 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which also projects that translators with educational backgrounds will be in high demand. Localization translators can especially expect more job opportunities, as they adapt products into different languages. This is an ideal career for freelancing opportunities and managing projects from any location around the globe.

Careers In Global Affairs

Translate a degree into a career.
A master's degree or graduate certificate in translation studies translates to a thriving career. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 28% of translators or interpreters work within the educational field, 13% work in healthcare, and 9% are employed by the government. Translators can also explore other potential career areas, including conferences, conventions, travel guides, judiciary, localization, or literary translation. If you have second language proficiency in Spanish—you're in luck! This foreign language is in high-demand, but of course, it's not so foreign to you!

Be a global citizen!
If you strive to succeed as a global citizen and want to discuss globalization in terms of business, culture, governments, and major issues, then immerse yourself in global issues and world history. With an international studies background, job opportunities are limitless: business manager, politician, journalist, historian, or marketer for governments, institutions, non-profit organizations, or private businesses. Compete in a global market, which is becoming smaller as technology grows.

Global Affairs program graduates may hold potential job titles such as Foreign Service Officer, Historian, Political Advisor, Archivist, International Relations Specialist, Teacher, Communications Officer, Non-Profit Director, Journalist, Advocate, Translator, Diplomat, or Public Affairs Coordinator.

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