Bachelor of Science Degrees in Translation | Kent State University

Bachelor of Science Degrees in Translation

The current Bachelor of Science in Translation is a pre-professional program designed for students who are seeking the more 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 foreign language translation in a professional setting.

It introduces the basics of translation theory as it applies to the actual practice of translation. The program comprises core translation courses and offers concentrations in Arabic (new for 2018), French, German, Russian and Spanish to ensure competence in a foreign language. Graduates may enter graduate programs in translation (the professional degree) or go on to work for government, business or industry, for translation agencies or as freelance translators.

The requirement of a minor, certificate or second major enables students to acquire a level of expertise in a specific field in which they can specialize as translators. This degree also enables students to have a major and a minor that make them more competitive and prepares them for a sector that the U.S. Department of Labor projects as one of the fastest-growing sectors globally. Translation majors are strongly encouraged to undertake study in a country where their language concentration is spoken so that they can achieve the necessary proficiency level. Skills necessary include an excellent command of the source language, an excellent command of the target language, cultural knowledge, specialist knowledge, research competence, terminological competence, technological competence, an understanding of the translation industry and transfer competence.

Major Requirements:

ALL MCLS MINORS AND MAJORS MUST CONSULT AN MCLS ADVISOR EACH SEMESTER.

ALL UPPER DIVISION COURSES ARE RESTRICTED. ALL STUDENTS REQUIRE A PERMIT FROM AN MCLS ADVISOR IN ORDER TO ENROLL IN SUCH COURSES.

A minimum cumulative 2.00 GPA is required for graduation.

Study Abroad:

There are many study abroad opportunities. For more information contact the Office of Global Education.

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