Minor in Translation Studies



The Minor in Translation Studies allows students to explore the history and theory of translation practices, to consider the importance of translation in today’s world, and to complete a substantial translation or translation-related project.


The Minor in Translation Studies will not qualify students to work professionally as translators or interpreters upon graduation. The courses on a transcript that count toward the Minor will demonstrate that the student has acquired basic familiarity with the history and principle theories of translation and interpreting, together with sufficient linguistic preparedness to conduct basic practical work in translation or interpreting. It will serve as a useful qualification for those wishing to enter one of the growing number of post-graduate programs that provide further training in translation and interpreting, both areas of significant employment growth. It will serve equally those wishing to pursue research in the area of translation and interpreting, a burgeoning area of academic specialization. For students generally, whatever their career goals, the Minor can be profitably combined with their major (Anthropology, French, Political Science, German, History, etc.), enhancing the value of their degree and making them more competitive in today’s global job market.


The Minor in Translation Studies is supervised by the Director of the Center for Translation Studies along with the Chair of the Program in Comparative Literature. Students wishing to minor in Translation Studies should meet with Professor Peter Connor to discuss the choice of their elective courses.


Six (6) courses are required for the minor:

  1. CPLT BC3110: Introduction to Translation Studies 

  2. Two or three elective courses, dealing with the history and/or theory of translation, or with language from an anthropological, philosophical, psychological, social or cultural perspective. Example courses:

    • AFRS BC3563: Translating Hispaniola

    • ANTH UN1009: Introduction to Language and Culture

    • CPLT BC3200: The Visual and the Verbal

    • FREN BC3071: History of the French Language

    • FREN BC3063: Structuralism and Poststructuralism

    • LING UN4800: Language and Society

    • PHIL UN3685 Philosophy of Language

    • PSYC BC3164: Perception and Language

    • THTR UN3000: Theater Traditions in a Global Context

    • THTR UN3167: Dramaturgy

  3. One or two language-based courses at the advanced level offering practice in written or oral translation.

    • For example, a student working with French:

      • FREN BC3007: Commercial-Economic French

      • FREN BC3014: Advanced Translation

      • FREN BC3054: Translation Through Film

    • For example, a student working with Spanish:

      • SPAN BC3376: Rethinking Spanish Translation

      • SPAN UN3265: Latin American Literature in Translation

  4. CPLT BC3510: Advanced Workshop in Translation


Note: the particular courses qualifying for the minor will vary according to the language chosen by the candidate.

With permission of the director of the minor, a student may request credit for an Independent Study involving substantial translation or interpreting work.