The mission of the B.A. in Translation and Interpretation is to prepare students to become expert translators and interpreters in order to meet present and future demands of the profession in the fields of law, economics, diplomacy, media, and the arts. The program provides intensive language training to students in Arabic, English, and French. Arabic and English are the principal languages of translation, with training in French as the third working language.
Program Educational Objectives
The graduates of the program should be able to:
- 1.Build on previous knowledge in order to develop advanced proficiency in English, French, and Arabic;
- 2.Follow a successful career path that reflects their training and competences;
- 3.Apply strategies and make decisions as translators in various contexts and across diverse professional fields;
- 4.Contribute to their growth as practitioners through ongoing professional training;
- 5.Act ethically in their academic studies and later as professional translators and interpreters.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon graduation, students should be able to:
- 1.Describe the diverse schools of translation and the theories underlying them;
- 2.Demonstrate fluency in at least two basic languages of the program, with advanced knowledge of the third (English, French, and Arabic);
- 3.Apply leading principles of translation to diverse forms of discourse, including judicial, scientific, and literary, among others;
- 4.Develop competence in the use of technology and software in the field of translation;
- 5.Analyze and research texts as precursor steps to sound translation and interpretation.
Students may choose to emphasize either Translation or Interpretation. Once admitted to the program students are required to develop competence in the three languages: English, Arabic, and French. Students may be required to take remedial courses in these languages in which a “C” or above is required. All first-year applicants must complete the Admission Requirements.
Students majoring in Translation and Interpretation must successfully complete a total of 108 credits with a minimum grade point average of 2.0/4.0 and a minimum average of 2.0/4.0 in the major requirements including the emphasis area.