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Minor in Translation Studies

The Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages (DLCL), in cooperation with East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC) and the English Department, teaches undergraduates to develop and apply their foreign language knowledge to the production and analysis of translations. The minor is designed to give students majoring in a variety of fields the tools to consider the practical and theoretical issues brought up by translation as an aesthetic, cultural, and ethical practice.

Minor in Translation Studies

Minor Adviser: Cintia Santana

Faculty Director: Indra Levy

The DLCL offers a "Minor in Translation Studies" which may be of interest to students in EALC. See the DLCL's "Minors" tab for the full requirements; go to the menu in the right hand column and click on the link to the "Minor in Translation Studies". Course work in this minor may not duplicate work counted toward other majors or minors. Course selection must be approved by the minor adviser.

Students must take a minimum of 23 units for a letter grade, in fulfillment of the following requirements:

  1. Prerequisite: Complete or test out of a first-year course in the language of interest.
  2. Core course: At least 4 units in a Translation Studies core course: ENGLISH/DLCL 293, COMPLIT 142B/JAPAN 121 or JAPAN 122/KOREA 122
  3. Language study: At least 8 units, second year or beyond (not including conversation/oral communication) and/or relevant literature courses taught in the target language. OSP and transfer units may be considered in consultation with the minor adviser.
  4. Literature study: At least 7 units in relevant literature courses at the 100-level or above, taught in a DLCL department, East Asian Languages and Cultures, or Classics, and determined in consultation with the minor adviser. For students interested in translation from English into another language, appropriate literature courses in the English department may be substituted.
  5. Electives: At least 4 units in a creative writing course, or a course that foregrounds translation in departments such as Anthropology, any DLCL department, English, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Classics, Linguistics (e.g., LINGUIST 130A), or Computer Science (e.g., CS 124), determined in consultation with the minor adviser.
  6. Final Project: Students must also complete a capstone project: a significant translation and/or translation studies project (e.g. 20 pages of prose, 10 poems, or similar appropriate amount to be determined in consultation with the minor adviser). This work may be carried out under the supervision of an instructor in a required course or as an independent study.