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Admission to the program is temporarily suspended effective spring 2013 and will resume by spring 2016 contingent on university approval procedures.

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies

109 Satterfield Hall
Tel: 330-672-2150
Fax: 330-672-4009


The Bachelor of Science in German Translation is a pre-professional degree designed for students to develop the skills needed to become working translators. The program also introduces the rudiments of translation theory as it applies to the actual practice of translation. While meeting requirements designed to ensure competence in German, translation majors take five core courses in translation during the junior and senior years. The major features a 30-credit subject area specialty requirement, which enables students to acquire a level of expertise in a specific field in which they can specialize as translators. Translation majors are strongly encouraged to undertake study in a country where German is spoken.

Career Opportunities

Opportunities are many and varied, depending on language combinations and subject area specialties.  According to the U.S. department of labor projections, “employment of interpreters and translators is projected to increase 22 percent over the 2008–18 decade, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Higher demand for interpreters and translators results directly from the broadening of international ties and the large increases in the number of non-English speaking people in the United States…  Job prospects for interpreters and translators vary by specialty and language,” ranging from healthcare to law.  In 2009, about 28 percent worked in public and private educational institutions. About 13 percent worked in healthcare and social assistance, many of whom worked for hospitals. Another 9 percent worked in other areas of government, such as Federal, State, and local courts. Other employers of interpreters and translators include interpreting and translation agencies, publishing companies, telephone companies, and airlines. About 26 percent of interpreters and translators are self-employed.”

Translators work with written documents, as distinguished from interpreters, who work with oral language. Many translators will require on-the-job training in addition to Kent’s pre-professional BS in Translation. Translators work predominantly into the mother tongue.

Many translators rely on other sources of income to supplement earnings, such as teaching or language consultancy. The career outlook is best for those who gain a functional ability with translation tools and such skills as revising/editing/proofreading and desktop publishing. Prospects are currently strong in software internationalization and webpage localization (making products, text, or images acceptable to target-country market norms).

Admission Requirements

General Admissions for New Freshman: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

General Admissions for Transfer Students: Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for transfer students..

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 121 total credit hours  and  42 upper-division hours for graduation. Minimum 2.000 GPA overall and 2.000 GPA in major required for graduation.

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.

Student Organizations

Phi Sigma Iota

Advanced Degree Programs

German: Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy, Literature (M.A.), Secondary Education: German (M.A.T.), Translation: German (M.A.)


Admission to the program is temporarily suspended and will resume contingent on university approval procedures.

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Type Course Title Credits
  GER 11201 Elementary German I (4)  
    11202 Elementary German II (4)  
    21201 Intermediate German I (3)  
    21202 Intermediate German II (3)  
III. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (82 credits)**  Courses count in major GPA 
Type Course Title Credits
  ENG 20002

Introduction to Technical Writing (3)
Business and Professional Writing (3)
  GER 31201 Intensive German Grammar 3
    31211 German Composition and Conversation 3
    31215 German Phonetics and Diction 3
    31231 Translation Practice 1
    31240 Conversation for Business and Special Purposes 3
    31303 Introduction to German Literature 3
    31421 German Civilization 3
    41211 Advanced German Composition and Conversation 3
WIC   41216 Contemporary German Culture*** 3
WIC   41230 Advanced Translation Practice*** 3
    41240 Business and Special Texts 3
    3/4xxxx German upper-division course 3
  MCLS 21417 Multiculturalism in Today's Germany 3
    30420 Foreign Language and Culture Studies 3
  TRST 20009 Multilingual Information Lifecycle 3
    30230 Approaches to Translation 3
    30330 Cross-Language Mediation 3
  Subject Area Specialty**** 30
Type Course Title Credits
  Kent Core Additional (must be from two categories) 6
  Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)+ 6-7
  Kent Core Composition 6-8
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each) 9
  Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3-5
  Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)+ 6
  General College Requirements (taken from any Kent Core Categories or Foreign Language) 8
  General Electives
Credits required depends on meeting minimum 121 credit hours and minimum 42 upper-division credit hours

*Student majoring in German Translation are expected to have some proficiency in German through high school study. Students with previous German study should take the German Placement Test and enroll in the correct course(s) based on their score. Students who have completed three or four years of high school German should see a German major advisor for placement. Student lacking in sufficient major-level proficiency to take the first major courses (GER 31201 and 31211) can reach proficiency by taking courses in the prerequisite sequence (GER 11201, 11202, 21201 and 21202) based on their placement score and high school training. Students with sufficient German to place into higher semesters should not take Elementary German I (GER 11201).

** All courses taken from the list of major program requirements are used in the calculation of the major GPA.

***A minimum C grade must be earned in either GER 41216 or GER 41230 to fulfill writing-intensive requirement.

****The Subject Area Specialty is a departmentally approved coherent sequence of courses in one or more other disciplines (i.e., not in the Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies). In order to be approved, the Subject Area Specialty must include courses in an area or areas that are currently marketable, such as business, legal studies, international relations, political science, computer science, chemistry, physics or other “hard” sciences. The Subject Area Specialty may include a maximum 17 credit hours of a different language in the sequence through composition and/or conversation. Total credits: 30. The recommended Kent Core courses (see Kent Core Summary) may be included within this area with advisor approval.
+ Recommended Courses
Kent Core Basic Sciences:
BSCI 10001 Human Biology (3)
CHEM 10050 Fundamentals of Chemistry (3)
GEOL 21062 Environmental Geology (3)

Kent Core Social Sciences:
ECON 22060 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
ECON 22061 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)