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Certificate in Translation

Degree Awarded: CERT
Unit: GA
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Translators work with a written text, transferring the content from one language to another. Translating well requires not only knowledge of both languages but also understanding of the source and target cultures. It is an exacting art that demands creative expression, philological precision, minute knowledge of historical and cultural contexts, and a nuanced sense of style in both the source and target languages.

The certificate program provides the rigorous academic training necessary for the professionalization of the prospective translator. It will prepare a student to begin to work for an agency or as an independent contractor. Such a program could serve as a gateway to specialized translation studies in legal, medical, and technical translation.

It will provide students who are already highly proficient in both languages the background in theory, technical resources, and research skills necessary to translate effectively. With the establishment of this certificate, U of L will provide graduate students, post-baccalaureate students, and members of the community seeking professional development and additional credentials the opportunity to acquire:

  • an introduction to theories in the field of translation
  • specific skills in various fields
  • hands-on professional experience


The certificate requires completion of a minimum of 21 credit hours focusing on comparative grammar, professional writing skills, culture, translation history and theory, nonliterary translation, and computer translation and terminology management.
The minimum requirement for the completion of the graduate certificate in Spanish Translation is 21 hours.

  1. All students must take SPAN 661 (Translation: Theory and Practice), TRAN/SPAN 662 (Translation Workshop), and TRAN/SPAN 667 (Computers in Translation).
  2. Students must complete a three-hour internship or directed study.
  3. Coursework towards the Graduate Certificate in Spanish Translation may count towards the student’s graduate degree. (Consult the Director of Graduate Studies in the particular degree program.)
  4. For students in the MA program in Spanish, up to six hours of courses may count toward both the certificate requirements and the MA requirements.
  5. Students may complete an optional medical concentration by fulfilling a one-hour introductory course to clinical research, a three-hour course on medical terminology and by doing their internship in the medical field.

Departmental Faculty

Lluís Baixauli Olmos

Assistant Professor

Simona Bertacco 

Assistant Professor

Rhonda Buchanan


Bonnie Fonseca-Greber

Assistant Professor

Carlton Hornung


Mary Makris

Associate Professor

Madalena Sánchez Zampaulo


Julio Ramirez


Jesse Roman


Irma Ramos

Assistant Professor Term

Clare Sullivan
Associate Professor

Program Director

Contact Information

Translation - Certificate

Dr. Clare Sullivan
Program Director
Dr. Augustus Mastri
Department Chair

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