Translation - B.S.

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies
109 Satterfield Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-2150
mcls@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/mcls


Description

The Bachelor of Science degree in Translation is a pre-professional program designed for students who are seeking the more professional focus and interdisciplinary breadth that the B.S. degree offers with the inclusion of a minor or double major or certificate to develop the skills needed to use foreign language translation in a professional setting. It introduces the basics of translation theory as it applies to the actual practice of translation.

The requirement of a minor, certificate or second major enables students to acquire a level of expertise in a specific field in which they can specialize as translators. This degree also enables students to have a major and a minor that make them more competitive and prepares them for a sector that the U.S. Department of Labor projects as one of the fastest-growing sectors globally. Translation majors are strongly encouraged to undertake study in a country where their language concentration is spoken so that they can achieve the necessary proficiency level. Skills necessary include an excellent command of the source language, an excellent command of the target language, cultural knowledge, specialist knowledge, research competence, terminological competence, technological competence, an understanding of the translation industry and transfer competence.

Graduates may enter graduate programs in translation (the professional degree) or go on to work for government, business or industry, for translation agencies or as freelance translators.

The Translation major comprises the following concentrations:

  • French
  • German
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Many study abroad opportunities exist, including:

  • France: Université Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux III, Bordeaux (all class standings, all majors/minors)
  • Germany: Julius-Maximilian-Universität Würzburg, Würzbug (all class standings, all majors/minors)
  • Germany: Universität Leipzig, Leipzig (intermediate German language proficiency required)
  • Spain: Universidad Europea de Madrid, Madrid (all class standings, all majors/minors)
  • Spain: Universidad Europea de Valencia, Valencia

FULLY OFFERED AT:

  • Kent Campus

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Freshman Students on the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven Regional Campuses of Kent State University. For more information on admissions, including additional requirements for some academic programs, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

Freshman Students on the Regional Campuses:  Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

Transfer, Transitioning and Former Students: For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

 
 
 

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
ENG 20002INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL WRITING 13
or ENG 30063 PROFESSIONAL WRITING
MCLS 30420FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND CULTURE STUDIES 3
TRST 20009MULTILINGUAL INFORMATION LIFECYCLE 3
TRST 30230APPROACHES TO TRANSLATION 3
TRST 30330CROSS-LANGUAGE MEDIATION 3
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Minor, Certificate or Second Major Electives 218
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)9
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)6-7
Kent Core Additional6
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 42 upper-division credit hours)22
Concentrations
Choose from the following:28
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

ENG 20002 is recommended for students pursuing a technology-related minor, certificate or second major; ENG 30063 is recommended for students pursuing a business-related minor, certificate for second major.

2

Students must declare and complete a minimum of 18 credit hours in a minor, certificate or a second major subject to department faculty advisor approval in a field related to business, technology, health, medicine, science, law, politics or other field in which there is a currently high demand for translators.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.000 2.000

Program Notes

  • Some courses in the Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies are offered on a rotating basis, and course availability may change at any time. Visit the department's website for course offering projections and advising with course planning.
  • Students are expected to start in a course appropriate to their language proficiency level. Students lacking in sufficient proficiency to take the first concentration course can reach it by taking courses in the prerequisite sequence based on their placement score and high school training. One or more of the prerequisites may be waived with demonstrated proficiency through the Kent State placement test, AP, CLEP, International Baccalaureate, official ACTFL Proficiency Rating or another department-approved assessment.
  • Students who fulfill the college language requirement in fewer than 8 credit hours as a result of proficiency, will complete remaining hours with general electives. Completion of first junior-level course completes the College of Arts and Sciences foreign language requirements.

French Concentration Requirements

[AS-BS-TRNS-FR]

Prerequisite Requirements
ELEMENTARY FRENCH I
ELEMENTARY FRENCH II
INTERMEDIATE FRENCH I
INTERMEDIATE FRENCH II
Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
FR 33231TRANSLATION PRACTICE: FRENCH 1
FR 33240CONVERSATION FOR BUSINESS AND SPECIAL PURPOSES: FRENCH 3
FR 43230ADVANCED TRANSLATION PRACTICE:FRENCH (WIC) 13
FR 43240BUSINESS AND SPECIAL TEXTS:FRENCH (ELR) 3
French Upper-Division Electives (FR 30000 or 40000 level)12
French Upper-Division Electives (FR 40000 level)6
Minimum Total Credit Hours:28
1

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement. Students may also fulfill this requirement by earning a minimum C grade in any of the language-specific advanced translation practice course or a language-specific elective that is designated as writing-intensive.

German Concentration Requirements

[AS-BS-TRNS-GER]

Prerequisite Requirements
ELEMENTARY GERMAN I
ELEMENTARY GERMAN II
INTERMEDIATE GERMAN I
INTERMEDIATE GERMAN II
Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
GER 31231TRANSLATION PRACTICE: GERMAN 1
GER 31240CONVERSATION FOR BUSINESS AND SPECIAL PURPOSES: GERMAN 3
GER 41230ADVANCED TRANSLATION PRACTICE: GERMAN (ELR) (WIC) 13
GER 41240BUSINESS AND SPECIAL TEXTS: GERMAN 3
German Upper-Division Electives (GER 30000 or 40000 level)12
German Upper-Division Electives (GER 40000 level)6
Minimum Total Credit Hours:28
1

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement. Students may also fulfill this requirement by earning a minimum C grade in any of the language-specific advanced translation practice course or language-specific elective that is designated as writing-intensive.

Russian Concentration Requirements

[AS-BS-TRNS-RUSS]

Prerequisite Requirements
ELEMENTARY RUSSIAN I
ELEMENTARY RUSSIAN II
INTERMEDIATE RUSSIAN I
INTERMEDIATE RUSSIAN II
Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
RUSS 32231TRANSLATION PRACTICE: RUSSIAN 1
RUSS 32240CONVERSATION FOR BUSINESS AND SPECIAL PURPOSES: RUSSIAN 3
RUSS 42230ADVANCED TRANSLATION PRACTICE: RUSSIAN (ELR) (WIC) 13
RUSS 42240BUSINESS AND SPECIAL TEXTS: RUSSIAN 3
Russian Upper-Division Electives (RUSS 30000 or 40000 level)12
Russian Upper-Division Electives (RUSS 40000 level)6
Minimum Total Credit Hours:28
1

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement. Students may also fulfill this requirement by earning a minimum C grade in any of the language-specific Advanced Translation Practice course or language-specific elective that is designated as writing-intensive.

Spanish Concentration Requirements

[AS-BS-TRNS-SPAN]

Prerequisite Requirements
ELEMENTARY SPANISH I
ELEMENTARY SPANISH II
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II
Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
SPAN 38231TRANSLATION PRACTICE: SPANISH 1
SPAN 38240CONVERSATION FOR BUSINESS AND SPECIAL PURPOSES: SPANISH 3
SPAN 48230ADVANCED TRANSLATION PRACTICE: SPANISH (ELR) (WIC) 13
SPAN 48240BUSINESS AND SPECIAL TEXTS: SPANISH 3
Spanish Upper-Division Electives (SPAN 30000 or 40000 level)12
Spanish Upper-Division Electives (SPAN 40000 level)6
Minimum Total Credit Hours:28
1

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement. Students may also fulfill this requirement by earning a minimum C grade in any of the language-specific Advanced Translation Practice course or language-specific elective that is designated as writing-intensive.

Roadmaps

 

French Concentration

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
French Upper-Division Elective (FR 30000 or 40000 level) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
French Upper-Division Elective (FR 30000 or 40000 level) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Three
ENG 20002
INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL WRITING
or PROFESSIONAL WRITING
3
!TRST 30330 CROSS-LANGUAGE MEDIATION 3
French Upper-Division Elective (FR 30000 or 40000 level) 3
Minor, Certificate or Second Major Elective 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
!MCLS 30420 FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND CULTURE STUDIES 3
TRST 20009 MULTILINGUAL INFORMATION LIFECYCLE 3
Minor, Certificate or Second Major Elective 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
!FR 33231 TRANSLATION PRACTICE: FRENCH 1
FR 33240 CONVERSATION FOR BUSINESS AND SPECIAL PURPOSES: FRENCH 3
!TRST 30230 APPROACHES TO TRANSLATION 3
French Upper-Division Elective (FR 40000 level) 3
Minor, Certificate or Second Major Elective 6
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours19
Semester Six
FR 43240 BUSINESS AND SPECIAL TEXTS:FRENCH (ELR) 3
Minor, Certificate or Second Major Elective 3
General Electives 9
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
French Upper-Division Elective (FR 30000 or 40000 level) 3
French Upper-Division Elective (FR 40000 level) 3
Minor, Certificate or Second Major Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours12
Semester Eight
FR 43230 ADVANCED TRANSLATION PRACTICE:FRENCH (WIC) 3
General Electives 10
 Credit Hours13
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
 

German Concentration

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
German Upper-Division Elective (GER 30000 or 40000 level) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
German Upper-Division Elective (GER 30000 or 40000 level) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Three
ENG 20002
INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL WRITING
or PROFESSIONAL WRITING
3
TRST 20009 MULTILINGUAL INFORMATION LIFECYCLE 3
!TRST 30330 CROSS-LANGUAGE MEDIATION 3
German Upper-Division Elective (GER 30000 or 40000 level) 3
Minor, Certificate or Second Major Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
!MCLS 30420 FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND CULTURE STUDIES 3
Minor, Certificate or Second Major Elective 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
!GER 31231 TRANSLATION PRACTICE: GERMAN 1
GER 31240 CONVERSATION FOR BUSINESS AND SPECIAL PURPOSES: GERMAN 3
!TRST 30230 APPROACHES TO TRANSLATION 3
German Upper-Division Elective (GER 40000 level) 3
Minor, Certificate or Second Major Elective 6
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours19
Semester Six
GER 41240 BUSINESS AND SPECIAL TEXTS: GERMAN 3
Minor, Certificate or Second Major Elective 3
General Electives 9
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
German Upper-Division Elective (GER 30000 or 40000 level) 3
German Upper-Division Elective (GER 40000 level) 3
Minor, Certificate or Second Major Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours12
Semester Eight
GER 41230 ADVANCED TRANSLATION PRACTICE: GERMAN (ELR) (WIC) 3
General Electives 10
 Credit Hours13
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
 

Russian Concentration

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Russian Upper-Division Elective (RUSS 30000 or 40000 level) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
Russian Upper-Division Elective (RUSS 30000 or 40000 level) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Three
ENG 20002
INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL WRITING
or PROFESSIONAL WRITING
3
!TRST 30330 CROSS-LANGUAGE MEDIATION 3
Russian Upper-Division Elective (RUSS 30000 or 40000 level) 3
Minor, Certificate or Second Major Elective 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
!MCLS 30420 FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND CULTURE STUDIES 3
Minor, Certificate or Second Major Elective 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
!RUSS 32231 TRANSLATION PRACTICE: RUSSIAN 1
RUSS 32240 CONVERSATION FOR BUSINESS AND SPECIAL PURPOSES: RUSSIAN 3
TRST 20009 MULTILINGUAL INFORMATION LIFECYCLE 3
!TRST 30230 APPROACHES TO TRANSLATION 3
Russian Upper-Division Elective (RUSS 40000 level) 3
Minor, Certificate or Second Major Elective 6
 Credit Hours19
Semester Six
RUSS 42240 BUSINESS AND SPECIAL TEXTS: RUSSIAN 3
Minor, Certificate or Second Major Elective 3
General Electives 9
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
Russian Upper-Division Elective (RUSS 30000 or 40000 level) 3
Russian Upper-Division Elective (RUSS 40000 level) 3
Minor, Certificate or Second Major Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours12
Semester Eight
RUSS 42230 ADVANCED TRANSLATION PRACTICE: RUSSIAN (ELR) (WIC) 3
General Electives 10
 Credit Hours13
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
 

Spanish Concentration

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Spanish Upper-Division Elective (SPAN 30000 or 40000 level) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
Spanish Upper-Division Elective (SPAN 30000 or 40000 level) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Three
ENG 20002
INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL WRITING
or PROFESSIONAL WRITING
3
TRST 20009 MULTILINGUAL INFORMATION LIFECYCLE 3
!TRST 30330 CROSS-LANGUAGE MEDIATION 3
Spanish Upper-Division Elective (SPAN 30000 or 40000 level) 3
Minor, Certificate or Second Major Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
!MCLS 30420 FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND CULTURE STUDIES 3
Minor, Certificate or Second Major Elective 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
!SPAN 38231 TRANSLATION PRACTICE: SPANISH 1
SPAN 38240 CONVERSATION FOR BUSINESS AND SPECIAL PURPOSES: SPANISH 3
!TRST 30230 APPROACHES TO TRANSLATION 3
Spanish Upper-Division Elective (SPAN 40000 level) 3
Minor, Certificate or Second Major Elective 6
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours19
Semester Six
SPAN 48240 BUSINESS AND SPECIAL TEXTS: SPANISH 3
Minor, Certificate or Second Major Elective 3
General Electives 9
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
Spanish Upper-Division Elective (SPAN 30000 or 40000 level) 3
Spanish Upper-Division Elective (SPAN 40000 level) 3
Minor, Certificate or Second Major Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours12
Semester Eight
SPAN 48230 ADVANCED TRANSLATION PRACTICE: SPANISH (ELR) (WIC) 3
General Electives 10
 Credit Hours13
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120