Translation & Interpretation of Foreign Languages

Course Study for Translation & Interpretation Certificate in Foreign Languages.


The translation program in French, German, Arabic, Chinese,  Spanish and  Dutch is designed to develop advanced translation skills for students interested in acquiring a high level of proficiency in a specific language combination. Translation is the process by which written text is converted from one language to another. The original is in written form, and the translation into the other language is also produced in written form.



The interpretation program, only in foreign languages, are designed to provide professional training in simultaneous and consecutive interpretation for bilingual students interested in becoming professional interpreters. Applicants to the program must have completed the translation sequence or demonstrate a comparable level of written and oral proficiency in their source and target languages. Emphasis is on Medical and Legal interpretation.Interpretation is the process by which oral communication is rendered from one language to another. The original is spoken, and the rendition is delivered in another spoken language.

This certificate program prepares students for careers in legal translation and legal/court interpretation. It will instruct students in the techniques and procedures of producing an accurate, efficient interpretation and translation, particularly in the legal field.


Learning Outcomes. Students will be able to:

  • To analyze source texts, both technical and non-technical, from the perspective of an interpreter/translator.
  • To perform advanced linguistic, terminological, and subject matter research as needed by the target communication or text.
  • To convey oral and written communications or texts from a source into a target language according to specific standards of accuracy.
  • To enter the interpretation/translation market or, if already in it, to advance with a high degree of professionalism, skills and knowledge.
  • To perform liaison, consecutive or simultaneous interpretation or sight translation as needed by the situation.
  • Gain a valuable broader understanding of the cultures implied, in addition to technical and professional knowledge


Rationale.  The U.S. Department of Labor foresees a 25% employment growth rate for translators and interpreters between 2010 and 2020 (vs. a 14% average rate for other professions).  Every multinational company and organization uses interpreter/translation  services, and many companies now have interpreters/translators on staff. The ability to translate or interpret between languages is seen today as an asset by companies, institutions and government agencies. Legal translating and interpreting skills will make students more marketable and competitive. It will complement any major in criminal justice fields, freelance work for private companies or work within the public sector.