Total Credits: 30
Major Number: 5665
CIP Code: 16.0103
The Translation and Interpreting Certificate is designed to educate students who wish to develop professional interpreting skills and prepare for a career that serves our increasingly diverse population. It is especially well suited for students who have previous post-secondary education who wish to provide accurate, culturally-competent interpretation in a variety of settings. Coursework includes sight translation, consecutive interpreting, simultaneous interpreting, translation techniques, glossary development, standards of practice and codes of ethics of interpreting, intercultural communication, and socio-linguistics. Students will practice interpreting with material related to education, healthcare, community, social service agencies, legal, and other settings.
Assessment score placement in RDNG 1000 , or completion of RDNG 0900 or RDNG 0950 with a grade of C or higher; assessment placement in ENGL 1021 , or completion of ENGL 0090 with a grade of C or higher or instructor consent; Advanced High or Superior Rating on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) in the student’s weaker language or equivalent prior to TRIN 1041 . Advanced Mid rating is considered on a case-by-case basis. For improvement of language skills and preparation prior to taking the OPI exam, it is recommended students complete TRIN 1035 , Structured Language Enhancement, 1 credit, if needed.
Passing the Minnesota Human Services background study without restrictions may be required for the internship, service learning, and field experience requirements. For more information refer to the Translation and Interpreting program webpage.
Before enrolling in TRIN courses, students must submit the TRIN Student Information Form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Students are expected to have a high level of fluency in at least two languages before enrolling. For more information contact email@example.com.
Structured interpreting practicums, service learning and field experiences are important components of quality interpreter programs. Students in the Certificate in Translation and Interpreting Program are required to complete a minimum of 30 hours of approved practicums, field experiences, or service learning as a part of TRIN 2780 .
Students are allowed to register for first 3 courses in the program (if they meet college-level assessment score placement or RDNG 0900 or RDNG 0950 and ENGL 0090 prerequisites) prior to completing the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI).
Career/Occupational Elective Requirements
Select course(s) not already taken to total 4 credits
MnTC/General Education Requirements
Goal 5: History/Social/Behavioral Sciences
MnTC Elective Requirements
Additional Elective Requirements
General Requirements for Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates
See Century College Policy 188.8.131.52
A grade of C or higher is required in all TRIN courses, Career/Occupational courses, and each MnTC required course.
Not all courses are offered every semester. The sample plan assumes a fall semester start. Students beginning in spring semester may not be able to follow this sequence precisely. Students should seek help with course sequencing and planning from their advisors or program faculty.
Transfer, Articulation Agreements, and Partnerships
See the Century College website for information regarding transfer.
This program is intended primarily for employment preparation rather than transfer to a four-year institution. Some courses may not transfer to a number of four-year colleges. If you are considering the possibility of transfer, you may wish to talk with your advisor, counselor, or program instructor before registering to discuss your goals, look at programs designed for transfer, and develop a plan.
Program Learning Outcomes
At the end of this program students will be able to:
- Understand major concepts in the field, including cognitive processes interpreting, standards of practice, ethical decision-making, and translation strategies.
- Understand legislative, cultural, and societal frameworks affecting interpreters and translators.
- Understand domain-specific concepts and constraints in at least one specialized area in which translators and interpreters work (for example, medical, legal, or educational settings).
Program Contact Information
General Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachel Herring 651.779.5780 Room 2073 West
Lab Assistant 651.747.4039 Room 1551 East
Please note that this is a sample course sequence. Individual schedules will vary depending upon student needs, goals, and availability. Students are recommended to meet with their advisor, counselor, or faculty program instructors to create an individualized plan that includes prerequisites and application requirements. For detailed program information see the Century College website. This information is subject to change.
This information is subject to change. Changes and updates are posted on century.edu
Century College is a member of the Minnesota State system. We are an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and educator. This document can be available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 651.779.3354 or 1.800.228.1978 x 3354.