Minor in Translation Studies

Translation Studies Minor

The Undergraduate Minor in Translation Studies introduces students to the histories, theories, and practices of translation, through a core course on literary translation taught in the Comparative Literature Program and a variety of translation-related courses selected from different departments in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Is the Translation Studies Minor for you?

The Minor in Translation Studies is intended for all students who would like to build on UCSB’s language training by developing their mastery of the art of translation. Translating between languages helps students to enrich and develop their linguistic abilities and to grow as writers and readers. But translation is also a way of thinking. The Minor trains students to think transculturally, that is, to better understand the interactions between cultures, media, discourses, and disciplines and to move more easily between them.

What can I do with a Translation Studies Minor?

Professionally, the Minor in Translation Studies offers students a solid foundation on which to build a rewarding career as a translator, an academic, or a cross-cultural communications specialist. While the Minor itself does not result in certification as a professional translator or interpreter, it will prepare students to pursue such professional credentials in graduate school and will also present students with a wide range of career opportunities related to translation. The need is urgent for students who have honed reading, writing, and language skills via translation in fields such as literary translation and publishing, government, diplomacy, business, law, software development and language services.

Learning objectives of the Minor in Translation Studies

  1. To stimulate critical reflection and creative research on translation;
  2. To encourage students to pursue various translation practices, including literary translation;
  3. To make translation more tangible and relevant to students in their courses, their communities, and the world at large.

Minor Requirement Sheet

Please download our Minor Requirement Sheet (PDF) from the download area below.

Translation Studies Minor 2023-2024

C LIT 193 Translation Studies Capstone Project Guidelines & Form