18% Growth Projected

The U.S. Department of Labor projects an 18 percent growth in employment in translation and interpreting from 2016 to 2026. The average growth rate for all occupations is 7 percent.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Interpreters and Translators

Program Overview

Are you ready to put your language fluency to work in today's multilingual, globally-focused world? Gain the skills needed to work in a broad range of areas and function as a translator in areas such as medical, legal, business and education.

The Department of Languages and Culture Studies offers a Graduate Certificate in Languages and Culture Studies: Translating with options in five language pairs: English-French, English-German, English-Japanese, English-Russian, and English-Spanish. Students complete the required 12 graduate credit hours in 2-3 semesters, and may begin the program in either the fall or spring semester.

The German and Spanish concentrations offer 100% of their courses online. The French, Japanese, and Russian concentrations offer 50% of their courses online and the other 50% will be delivered face-to-face on the main campus.  

Students will study the history, theory, methodology, and profession of translation; work intensively in the analysis and translation of different types of discourse, including non-literary and literary texts; become familiar with computer-assisted translation; and develop advanced post-editing skills.  

Graduate level coursework may also include special topics courses in translation and up to 3 credit hours of professional internship credit in translating. Translating is done in both directions of a given language pair:

  • English ↔ French (50% online, 50% face-to-face)
  • English ↔ German (100% online)
  • English ↔ Japanese (50% online, 50% face-to-face)
  • English ↔ Russian (50% online, 50% face-to-face)
  • English ↔ Spanish (100% online)