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Translation and Interpreting Studies Certificate


Translation and Interpreting Studies Certificate


This program is intended for undergraduates and graduate students of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Five Colleges. While no prior experience in interpreting or translation is necessary, students must have a strong command of English and at least one other language. The certificate program will introduce students to relevant research in the inter-disciplinary area of interpreting and translation studies and to a number of practical skills required of professional interpreters and translators. Interpreting and translation will be viewed throughout the course as socio-cultural as well as linguistic activities. The social, cultural and ethical complexities of the role of interpreters and translators will therefore be an important focus of the certificate. This certificate serves as basic preparation for future studies in related fields, teaching and/or professional work in the field of translation and interpreting.

Undergraduate students must complete six courses or 18 credits, including two required courses in Translation and Interpreting Studies (CompLit 581 and 582); two 300 level or above courses in any subject where substantial writing in English is required; and two courses, also 300 level or above, in at least one language other than English. MA and PhD students are required to take CompLit 581 and all undergraduate students must complete both CompLit 581 and 582 to earn the certificate. Residency abroad or a high level of competency in a language other than English can replace the non-English language courses.

Please note that this program is not a certification (no such thing exists in the United States except for court interpreters in a few languages and ASL interpreters), but serves as basic preparation for future studies and work in the field.

For more information, contact Professor Moira Inghilleri, Director of Translation and Interpreting Studies.