The Certificate in Translation Studies is open to all UIUC undergraduate and graduate students who have achieved intermediate competence in a second language and who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. It will prepare you for a rewarding career as a translator or language and cross-cultural communications specialist. The need is urgent and opportunities await you in fields such as literary translation and publishing, government, diplomacy, business, law, health care, software development, technical fields, and language services. We accept students working in every world language taught at the School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics (where 37 languages are taught). Standard translation practice requires that translators work from their second (B) language into their native (A) language. Good reading and writing skills are essential criteria for successful translation work.

Requirements for the Certificate Program

Prerequisites: be a current UIUC undergraduate or graduate student with six semesters of foreign language study in a language other than English; interest in translation as an academic discipline and as a profession. A translation studies advisor will meet with the student to work out a curriculum path for the program. Students should also consult with enrolling departments.

Undergraduate Certificate

The Certificate will be awarded after completion of 18 credits. Undergraduates will take six 3-credit courses at the 300 and 400 level. These will include two foundation courses and a Translation Capstone project. Three electives will be taken from a list of translation electives and from a list of electives approved by the major department. Only two electives may count for the certificate from the student’s undergraduate major, and these must come from an approved list.

Graduate Certificate

The Certificate will be awarded after completion of 18 credits. Graduate students will take four 4-credit courses at the 400 or 500 level. These will include two foundation courses. Two additional elective courses will be taken from an approved list of translation courses and courses from the graduate major. The student will complete a 2-credit Capstone project. Only one elective from the students graduate major may count for the translation certificate and this must come from an approved list.