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

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Become an effective, professional translator as you build valuable translating experience. This certificate is ideal for those interested in pursuing a career in the global translation industry (English-Spanish, Spanish-English). Gain a broad theoretical and practical background in translation, as well as practice in different types of translation: legal, commercial, financial, localization, political, and medical translation.

You’ll learn:

  • Understand essential translation terminology

  • Leverage technology and software applications for translators

  • Navigate the logistical and conceptual challenges of working internationally

Up to twelve credits earned through this graduate certificate may be applied toward a master's degree in Global Affairs.

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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)

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.

Elective courses - 8 qtr. hrs (Choose 2)

Electives may be chosen from among all courses in Global Affairs programs. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.

Your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.

Popular electives for students pursuing Global Affairs programs include:

Additional Elective courses available, please Design your custom plan for elective courses

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Careers in Translation Studies Certificate

Guide, Interpreter, Language Tutor, Linguist, Translator, Transcriber

Collaborating with native language speakers and writers to develop written content; compiling technical terms for translation databases and glossaries, converting documents from a source language to a target language; editing translated documents for accuracy; interpreting cultural references, expressions, and slang for non-literal translation and transmission; relaying written messages accurately, quickly, and with a similar intent, style and tone; researching the history and evolution of a language

Translation services are often sought after in almost every industry and in almost every language around the world. From healthcare and information technology to marketing and legal services, the demand for professionals in this field will, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, likely result in a 46 percent increase in interpretation and translation jobs between 2012 and 2022. In particular, localization professionals will be in demand for their ability to translate marketing materials and other publications for global audiences. Likewise, translation careers in the increasingly cross-cultural American business world will likely not only remain strong, but report additional growth in the coming years.

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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