While the United States has no minimum educational requirements to be a translator, many freelance translators have undergraduate degrees in a foreign language (their source language) combined with extensive coursework in a particular discipline. Those who want to further their understanding of translation theory and practices may decide to continue their education with either a Certificate in Translation Studies or a Master’s in Translation Studies. Below is a sampling of undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs in Translation Studies.
Institute for Applied Linguistics (IAL) at Kent State University
As noted on the school’s website, the IAL is the country’s only comprehensive B.S. to Ph.D. program and offers a Bachelor’s of Science in Translation, a Master’s in Translation, and a Ph.D. in Translation Studies. The IAL provides training and coursework in five language pairs, including Spanish. For more information about the IAL at Kent State, click here.
Marygrove College, located in Detroit, offers a Certificate Program in Modern Language Translation. The year-long (attending full time) certificate program is designed to train professionals to work as translators and train them for the American Translators Association certification. Click here for contact information, admissions requirements, and program requirements.