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2018-2019 Course Catalog 
2018-2019 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Translation and Interpreting Certificate

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Total Credits: 30

Major Number: 5665
CIP Code: 16.0103

Program Description

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.

Program Prerequisites

Course placement into college-level English and Reading OR completion of ENGL 0950  with a grade of C or higher OR completion of RDNG 0940  with a grade of C or higher and qualifying English Placement Exam OR completion of RDNG 0950  with a grade of C or higher and ENGL 0090  with a grade of C or higher OR completion of ESOL 0051  with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0052  with a grade of C or higher; Advanced High or Superior Rating on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) in English and the second language, or equivalent prior to TRIN 1041 . Advanced Mid rating is considered on a case-by-case basis (contact TRIN’s lab assistant if you have any questions about the ACTFL or would like to set up an appointment to take the assessment test-651.747.4039). 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.

Special Instructions

Before enrolling in TRIN courses, students must submit the TRIN Student Information Form to trin@century.edu. Students are expected to have a high level of fluency in at least two languages before enrolling. For more information contact trin@century.edu.

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).

Program Requirements

Total Credits: 19

Career/Occupational Elective Requirements

Select course(s) not already taken to total 4 credits

Total Credits: 4

MnTC/General Education Requirements

Goal 1: Communication

Total Credits: 3

Goal 5: History/Social/Behavioral Sciences

Total Credits: 4

Total Credits: 7

MnTC Elective Requirements


Additional Elective Requirements


Additional Requirements


Program Information

General Requirements for Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates

See Century College Policy

Program Note

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: trin@century.edu
Rachel Herring 651.779.5780 Room 2073 West
Lab Assistant 651.747.4039 Room 1551 East

Sample Plan

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.

Total Credits: 10

Semester 2

Total Credits: 11

Semester 3

Total Credits: 9


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.

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