Translation Studies Minor

Minor in Translation Studies

The Translation Research and Instruction Program (TRIP) offers a Minor in Translation Studies. The Minor complements degree programs in foreign language study and is an option for undergraduates who have an advanced knowledge of one or more foreign languages and an interest in translation, either as a profession or as an area of academic research.

The Minor in Translation Studies provides students with a foundation in practical translation and an introduction to translation theories and debates. Coursework allows students to enhance their language competence as well as their linguistic and cultural knowledge. The Minor allows students with advanced language capabilities in both English and a second language to gain an appreciation for translation, both as a practical skill and as a field of study.

Students choose from a wide variety of courses from faculty in many academic disciplines. Their course work serves to enhance students' interdisciplinary skills, multidisciplinary experience, and independent academic interests.

Languages Offered

TRIP has been able to offer translation practice in a Spanish, French, Chinese, and Arabic on a regular basis. Depending on need, translation instruction in other source language can be arranged, including Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, German, Korean, and Russian. Those interested in translation practice are advised to contact the TRIP Coordinator to make arrangements.


  • One semester of the Translation Workshop (TRIP 472 or 473, non-literary or literary), four credits in total;

  • Three courses on translation studies, including TRIP 460: Intro to Translation Studies, plus another two 100-, 200-, or 300- level courses, twelve credits in total.

  • Two semesters of upper-level courses offered in the language(s) area studies departments and programs chosen by the student, 8 credits in total.

Courses we offer:

  • TRIP 125, Debates in Translation

  • TRIP 225, Translation Meets Culture: Literature

  • TRIP 235, Translation Meets Culture: Religion 

  • TRIP 245, The Translator in Literature Today

  • TRIP 325, The Craft of Translation
  • TRIP 472, Translation Workshop, Literary

  • TRIP 473, Translation Workshop, Non-Literary

  • TRIP 460, Introduction to Translation Studies

  • TRIP 480U, Introduction to Computer-Assisted Translation

  • TRIP 480T, Translation and Human Sciences

  • TRIP 480P, Culture and Translation

  • TRIP 480H, Orientalism/Postcolonialism and Translation

  • TRIP 480W: Project Management for Translation

Student Opportunities

TRIP Minor students serve (optionally) as volunteers for the Translation Interpretation Program (TIP), located in the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC).


Program Coordinator, TRIP
Beth Polzin, Ph.D.
Office: LT 1410

Director of Graduate Studies, TRIP
Professor Chenqing Song
Office: LT 1409a

*To declare a TRIP Minor, contact Beth Polzin