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Graduate Certificate in Translation: Russian

Students receive a Graduate Certificate in Russian by completing 15 credit hours of course work according to the required sequence for the particular language.

The emphasis of this program is on translation into English. This certificate program provides students with an academic grounding in translation theory and practice. Students interested in obtaining further translation credentials are encouraged to discuss their options with the appropriate language advisor. 

For core courses to count toward the certificate, students must receive a grade of B or better. For non-core courses, students complete an additional translation project beyond the normal course requirements and must receive a satisfactory evaluation for their project. Students will only be permitted to do these translation projects after having completed at least one of the first two core courses. Students must have an overall 3.00 grade point average in certificate courses in order to be awarded the certificate. 

Admission to the Program

Open to students who have a bachelor’s degree. If the undergraduate degree is not in the language for which they wish to obtain a certificate, students must have completed the appropriate 300-level Conversation and Composition II or Advanced II language course, or equivalent. Equivalency is determined in consultation with the faculty advisor. Students whose native language is not English must meet university requirements for English competency (minimum TOEFL score of 600 on the paper based test or 100 on the Internet based test).

Application materials include: completed online application form, $50.00 application fee, undergraduate transcripts, and if desired a resume. The College of Arts and Sciences uses a rolling admissions process and applications are accepted at all times. Apply online or visit the Graduate Admissions Website for additional information.

Before commencing the program, students should consult the appropriate advisor in the Department of World Languages and Cultures to plan their program of study. 


Course Requirements (15 credit hours)

Core Courses 

  • RUSS-641 Russian Media and Political Translation (3) 
  • RUSS-643 Russian Business Translation (3) 
  • One of the following: 
  • RUSS-546 Russian Advanced Grammar and Composition I (3) 
  • RUSS-547 Russian Advanced Grammar and Composition II (3) 


  • Two courses may include the other course on the core course list or be selected from offerings in Russian at the 500 level or above.

For More Information

Please contact:

Courtney Pollack
(202) 885-1452

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