19%: Projected employment growth for translators and interpreters from 2018 to 2028—much faster than average
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Translation and Interpreting
Through the UWW Interdisciplinary Studies program you can develop your language mediation skills to meet the needs of an increasingly globalized world.
This online bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a multilingual focus in translation and interpreting—the only one of its kind in the U.S.— is designed for students with high proficiency in English and at least one Language Other Than English (LOTE). No previous translation and interpreting experience is required.
You can tailor your degree with courses in ethics and standards in translation and interpreting, simultaneous interpreting, legal interpreting, mental health interpreting, medical interpreting, translation and technology, and more.
- You’re in the Driver’s Seat: Design your own degree concentration through your perfect mix of 100% online courses, and optional blended and on-campus offerings to fit your busy life. Plus, most of our courses are asynchronous, meaning you can complete them on your schedule.
- Accelerate Your Degree: Bring in or earn up to 105 credits for your prior coursework, prior learning, and life and work experience to accelerate your degree, saving you time and money.
- Cross Disciplinary Boundaries: Craft your individualized degree concentration to suit your goals and interests, from taking online courses in public health to become a healthcare interpreter, to focusing on online legal studies or criminal justice courses to become a legal interpreter.
- All Courses are Multilingual: You will always have classmates from different languages and cultures in the same online classroom. The only program of its kind in the U.S!
- Community College Friendly: Learn about the Mass Transfer Gen Ed Foundation and benefit from our 50-year history of support for community college students.
- Boston Children's Hospital and Mass General Brigham employees: Receive a 10% discount and more. Learn more about how you can benefit from our employer partnerships.
Your Future in Translation and Interpreting
With an Interdisciplinary Studies degree focused in translation and interpreting, you can advance your career in a variety of fields, including business, diplomacy, government, legal, healthcare, public service, schools, and many more.
Flexible, Cross-Disciplinary Courses
You will study with top-notch experts in professional translation and interpreting in the UMass Department of Languages and Cultures, as well as instructors from the UMass School of Public Health and Health Sciences, and the departments of Communication, Political Science, Sociology, Legal Studies, and more.
To give you an idea of the types of online translation and interpreting, and language-related courses that you could choose from, here is a sampling offered over the past few years.
Additional coursework is also available to support your specific goals and interests. For health care interpreting you may want to add public health or human services coursework. For legal interpreting, legal studies or criminal justice courses might by of interest. Working for global business or government? Classes that address international topics and culture may help.
|LLC||401||Introduction to Translation|
|LLC||402||Fundamentals of Interpreting|
|LLC||501||Translation and Interpreting Ethics and Standards|
|LLC||502||Interpreting Skills Development|
|LLC||511||Interpreting in Mental Health|
|LLC||597C||Career Development for Translators and Interpreters|
|LLC||597R||Technology for Interpreters|
|LLC||597T||CAT Tools for Translators|
|COMP-LIT||551||Translation and Technology|
|PORTUG||357||Translating & Interpreting for Portuguese-Speaking Communities|
|ANTHRO||105||Language, Culture and Communication|
|COMM||118||Introduction to Interpersonal Communication and Culture|
|LINGUIST||101||People & Their Language|
|LINGUIST||201||How Language Works: Introduction to Linguistic Theory|