Minor: Translation Studies
Effective Winter 2014
The Minor in Translation Studies gives students an opportunity to learn about diverse histories, theories, and practices of translation, through a flexible sequence of courses selected from different departments, including at least one translation course in the Department of Comparative Literature.
The minor is intended for students who would like to build on LSA’s language requirement to explore translation between languages; it is also designed with flexibility for students who would like to explore the concept of translation more broadly as an interaction between cultures, media, discourses, and disciplines. The minor can therefore be integrated into diverse programs of study.
The goals of the minor are:
- to make translation more visible to students in their courses, their communities, and in the world at large;
- to promote critical and creative reflection on translation, and encourage students to pursue various translation activities;
- to introduce students to a wide range of academic, creative, and career opportunities related to translation.
While the Minor in Translation Studies is not intended to certify students as professional translators or interpreters, the minor may prepare students to pursue certification or other professional credentials in translation after graduation.
Prerequisites to the Minor
Requirements for the Minor
During their first meeting, the student and the Translation Studies advisor will devise a plan to satisfy the requirements. Any changes to the plan must be approved by the Translation Studies advisor, who will provide ongoing advising regarding course selection and planning for the capstone project.
The Minor in Translation Studies requires
A minimum of 15 credits of courses, at least two courses in Comparative Literature, and a minimum of 12 credits in upper-level courses.
- 3 credits: either COMPLIT 200: Translation Across Disciplines or COMPLIT 322: Translating World Literatures.
- 3 credits: An upper-level course (taught at the University of Michigan or taken for credit during Study Abroad) that develops skills in a language that the student will use for the capstone translation project. As a rule, an approved course plan for the Minor in Translation Studies will include at least one upper-level course in a second language. However, students interested in translating across different media, technologies, or disciplines may petition for exception to the language rule, by proposing an upper-level course that develops other skills relevant to the capstone translation project.
- 6 credits: two upper-level courses with a central component on translation (taught in any department at the University of Michigan, or taken for credit during Study Abroad). Students may select courses from a pre-approved list, or propose courses for approval (with an explanation of the translation component and its relevance to their course plan foradvis the Minor).
- 3 credits: A capstone translation project, completed either while taking COMPLIT 495: Senior Seminar (offered every fall) or as a 3-credit Independent Study (in exceptional cases, with prior approval).
No course will count towards the academic minor in translation studies unless the student receives a grade of C- or better.
Translation Studies Minor Advising
The Chair of the Department of Comparative Literature will designate a faculty member to serve as Translation Studies advisor.
During their first meeting, the student and the Translation Studies advisor will devise a plan to satisfy the requirements. Any changes to the plan must be approved by the Translation Studies Adviser, who will provide ongoing advising regarding course selection and planning for the capstone project.
The role of the advisor will be:
- to provide information for students who are interested in applying for the minor
- to meet at least once a term with students who are accepted to the minor to discuss progress on their approved course plan
- to review changes and petitions for approval in individual course plans
- to help coordinate plans for capstone translation projects.
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