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Translation: Spanish (Graduate Certificate)

Offered by the Department of World Languages and Cultures, College of Arts and Sciences.

Graduate Certificate in Translation

Students receive a Graduate Certificate in French, Russian, or Spanish by completing 15 credit hours of coursework according to the required sequence for the particular language. All courses taken in the Department of World Languages and Cultures toward the certificate may be used by graduate students toward the master's degree in the same 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). 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)



  • Two courses selected from the other core courses or from offerings in Spanish at the 500 level or above.

Spanish Master's

All five courses required for the translation certificate can be applied to the Master’s in Spanish: Latin American Studies.

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Application Deadline

The College of Arts and Sciences uses a rolling admissions process, therefore you can apply at any time.

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For More Information

Please contact:

Courtney Pollack
(202) 885-1452

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