Rutgers University, New Jersey

Rutgers University, New Jersey – Department of Spanish and Portuguese
  • Undergraduate
  • Continuing Education
  • Graduate
  • Professional Studies

About the Program

Program Description


Purpose: This program provides advanced training for translators and interpreters who are or will be employed in a variety of fields. Includes practice in non-literary and literary translation, with emphasis on Spanish to English or English to Spanish.

The MA in Spanish (Option in Translation) is considered to be a terminal degree, in that it does not automatically lead to a consideration for the PhD. For the student who wishes to seek admission to the PhD program in literature or linguistics after having completed the MA (Option in Translation), s/he must apply to the PhD program through the normal application process. If the student wants to switch programs before completing the MA (Option in Translation), s/he must re-apply to the MA/PhDprogram through the normal application process.

Students must complete twenty-four credits of course work and an additional six credits of either thesis or practicum.

Core Courses: Translation/Interpreting

Internship in Translation/Interpreting (BA)

Legal Translation

Court Interpreting

Medical/Technical TranslationHospital/Community InterpretingAdvanced TranslationComputer-Assisted TranslationTheory and Practice of TranslationInterpretingTranslation Workshop

Linguistics/Literary Theory Spanish SyntaxorLiterary theory (3 cr.)


Other appropriate linguistics/literary theory courses, taught within or outside the Spanish program, are subject to approval by the Graduate Director. (Students who have had a substantial concentration of linguistics courses as an undergraduate may waive this requirement.)

Literature/Culture/Specialized Field (maximum of 6 cr.)

All degree candidates must have some study abroad or life experience in both English-speaking and Spanish-speaking countries. For native speakers of English, this requirement may be met through six credits taken in the Department’s Summer Study in Spain Program or other appropriate program.

For foreign students coming from Spanish-speaking countries, this requirement may be met through appropriate English-language coursework within Rutgers University.



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Editor notes

The course offered by the Rutgers University covers legal and medical translation as well as literary  theory, comprising technical, literary translation and linguistics. After completion of this course the translators will be well prepared to work in some ofthe most important fields of the industry. 


Contact Information

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New Brunswick




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