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Translation and Interpretation Studies


Improve your skills in Spanish-English and English-Spanish written translation in the health care, legal, literary and business fields. Courses include both hands-on and theoretical classes, as well as internship opportunities.

Before you can enroll, in addition to the program prerequisites listed below you must demonstrate 50% competency translating a document without aid.

Program/Major Codes: CRTTRANSLATE/TRS

What can I do with this certificate?

Career options: Translate written documents between English and Spanish

Academic options: Continue your studies by working toward the Translation and Interpretation Studies associate's degree or by completing one of Pima's transfer degrees

More Information:  Review program costs, student debt, on-time graduation and more. 

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
SPA 253  Intermediate Spanish for Heritage and Bilingual Learners OR pass a proficiency test;  complete the SPA 103 and 203 prerequisites as needed 0-12
SPA 254 Intermediate Grammar and Writing for Heritage and Bilingual Learners OR pass a proficiency test 0-3
Subtotal 6-21

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
  or TRS 203
Survey of Translation Specialty Areas
  Consecutive Interpretation and Sight Translation
TRS 160
  or TRS 270
Translation in Specialty Areas
  Simultaneous Interpretation
TRS 161
  or TRS 162
Medical Spanish/English Interpretation
  Introduction to Legal Spanish/English Interpretation
TRS 202 Interpretation Techniques 3
TRS 282 Advanced Project in Translation 4
Subtotal 27
Total 33-48