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Translation and Interpretation Studies

Associate of Applied Science

Master the skills needed to become a Spanish-English / English-Spanish translator or interpreter.  Through a combination of theory and practice, students gain experience in translating or interpreting in specialty areas including health care, legal, literary and business. 

Program/Major Codes: AASTRANSLATE/TR

What can I do with this degree?

Career options:  Seek entry-level positions translating written documents and/or interpreting oral passages

Academic Options:  While this program is not designed for transfer to a 4-year university, some of the courses in the program are transferable. See Pima’s Transfer Partnerships page to determine which universities offer BAS programs, and research how the universities may accept this program in transfer

Program Requirements

Program Prerequisites

Before enrolling in this program (TRS 102 or higher) you must fulfill the following requirements with a C or better:

WRT 101  Writing I [SUN# ENG 1101]
  or WRT 107  Writing I for Non-Native Speakers of English
WRT 102  Writing II [SUN# ENG 1102]
  or WRT 108  Writing II for Non-Native Speakers of English

Complete the following courses or pass a proficiency test: SPA 103SPA 203SPA 253, SPA 254

Subtotal  0-11

General Education Requirements

This section lists general education requirements that are not fulfilled by core or support courses. ** A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Analysis and Critical Thinking Requirement 6
Subtotal 6


Required Core Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
TRS 101 Introduction to Translation and Interpretation 3
TRS 102 English and Spanish for Translation 4
TRS 120IN Technology for Translation and Interpretation 2
TRS 150 Survey of Translation Specialty Areas 4
TRS 160 Translation in Specialty Areas 4
TRS 161 Medical Spanish/English Interpreting 3
TRS 162 Introduction to Legal Spanish/English Interpretation 3
TRS 202 Interpretation Techniques 3
TRS 203 Consecutive Interpretation and Sight Translation 4
TRS 270 Simultaneous Interpretation 4
TRS 282 Advanced Project in Translation 4
Subtotal 38

Required Support Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

ANT 112 Exploring Non-Western Cultures 3
CSA 100
 or CIS/CSA 104
Computer Literacy
  Computer Fundamentals
SPA 253 Intermediate Spanish for Heritage and Bilingual Learners 4
WRT 101 Writing I [SUN# ENG 1101] 3
WRT 102 Writing II [SUN# ENG 1102] 3
Electives Choose one course from the following list: 
AJS 101, BUS 210, BUS 220, HED 136, HIT 105,
PAR 101, SPA 254, SPE 110, SPE 120
Subtotal 17-20
Total 61-75

*Credits counted below

**  Other general education requirements are fulfilled by required core and support courses: Communication - WRT 101 and 102; Humanities and Social Science - ANT 102 and SPA 253;  Computer and Information Literacy - CSA 100 or CIS/CSA 104; Special Requirement - ANT 112