Translation and Interpretation Program (BS)

The Bachelor of Science in Translation and Interpretation is designed for students who are seeking the professional focus and interdisciplinary breadth that the B.S. degree offers with the inclusion of a minor or double major to develop the skills needed to use world language translation and interpretation in a professional setting. It introduces the basics of translation and interpretation theory as applied to the actual practice of translation and interpretation.

Major requirement: Thirty-five (35) semester hours in a concentration in French, German or Spanish. This professional four (4) year degree program is designed for undergraduate students interested in a career in translation/interpretation.

Program Goals:

1. Acquire proficiency in language and culture at the intermediate-high/advanced-low level. 2. Understand the theoretical principles of translation and interpretation and utilize translation tools effectively. 3. Demonstrate the ability to use specialized language in environments such as health and social sciences, business, legal studies, social services, education, and community.

The three (3) concentrations: French, German or Spanish (into English), offer three components for each concentration:

  • Language and culture study: Grammar, composition and culture courses to develop proficiency.
  • Professional language: Theory and practice, translation tools, and specialized language courses.
  • Subject area specialty: Minor/second major requirement to enable translation/interpretation students to acquire knowledge in a specific field in which they can specialize. These include fields in which there is currently high demand for translators and interpreters such as: Applied Science, Chemistry, Computer Information Systems, Biology, Kinesiology, Psychology, Legal Studies, International Studies, Political Science, Sustainable Business, Business Administration, Communication, English, Community Leadership, World Languages.

French concentration:

Required Courses:

  • WL201 (4)
  • WL202 (4)
  • WL301 (3) (WI)
  • WL302 (3)
  • WL325 (3)
  • WL327 (3)
  • WL401 (3)
  • WL413 (3) or TB-B1 French Translation (Offered at CIDEF-UCO, Angers, France) (3)
  • TI405 (3)
  • TI415 (3) (SC)
  • TI495 (3)

German concentration:

Required Courses:

  • WL201 (4)
  • WL202 (4)
  • WL301 (4) (WI)
  • WL302 (3)
  • WL309 (3)
  • WL326 (3)
  • WL401 (3)
  • WL413 (3)
  • TI405 (3)
  • TI415 (3) SC
  • TI495 (3)

Spanish concentration:

Required Courses:

  • WL202 (4)
  • WL301 (4)
  • WL302/311 or WL312 (3)
  • WL304 (3)
  • TI333 (3)
  • TI334 (3)
  • TI405 (3)
  • TI415 (3) SC
  • WL303 (3) or TI416
  • TI495 (3)
  • Three (3) elective credits at the 300 level in Spanish

Students seeking to major in Translation and Interpretation must complete all courses that are applied towards the major with a grade of “C” or higher (i.e. in 201, 202, 301, 302 and any other 300-and 400-level courses).

At graduation the student must have a cumulative G.P.A. of B (3.0) or higher in those courses used to fulfill the major requirement. At least eighteen (18) semester hours must be taken at Aquinas College, which may include courses taken while studying abroad.

Courses

  • See "Courses" for a list of courses

    NOTE: WL-World Language related course descriptions are located under the World Languages Department section.