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Translating and Interpreting (TRIN)

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Delivery: A mix of daytime, evening, and online courses
Start: Fall, Spring, or Summer; Full- or Part-Time

Translating and Interpreting — Associate in Applied Science Degree (60 credits)
Translating and Interpreting — Certificate (30 credits)

About the Program


The Translating and Interpreting program is designed to educate you in developing professional interpreting skills. It is especially well suited for you if you have had previous related work experience and wish to provide accurate, culturally-competent interpretation in a variety of settings in our increasingly diverse communities. Coursework includes consecutive interpreting, simultaneous interpreting, translation techniques, working within the code of ethics of interpreting, intercultural communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and concepts in psychology and socio-linguistics. You will be trained to work in a variety of settings, including education, health care facilities, social service agencies, and legal settings.

Potential Job Titles


  • Interpreters and Translators

Gainful Employment Program Information


Salary Data


  • Average Wage: $24.04/hour
    Top Earners: $36.22/hour
(seven county metro area - www.iseek.org)

Learning Outcomes


Translation and Interpreting - Certificate 30 Credits

  • Understand major concepts in the field, including cognitive processes interpreting, standards of practice, ethical decision-making, and translation strategies.
  • Understand legislative, cultural, and societal frameworks affecting interpreters and translators.
  • Understand domain-specific concepts and constraints in at least one specialized area in which translators and interpreters work (for example, medical, legal, or educational settings).

Program Prerequisites


  1. Assessment score placement in RDNG 1000, or completion of RDNG 0090 with a grade of C or higher; assessment placement in ENGL 1021, or completion of ENGL 0090 with a grade of C or higher.
  2. Advanced High or Superior rating on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) in both English and a language other than English, prior to TRIN 1041 (contact Celia Martin Mejia if you have questions concerning the ACTFL OPI; information will be provided to students enrolled in TRIN 1031: Standards of Practice and Skill of Interpreting).
  3. The Minnesota Human Services background study with no restrictions may be required for the internship and courses with practicum, service learning and field experience requirements.
  4. Structured interpreting practicums, service learning and field experiences are important components of quality interpreter programs. Students in the Associate in Applied Science in Translating and Interpreting Program are required to complete a minimum of 60 hours of approved practicums, field experiences, or service learning. Students in the Certificate in Translating and Interpreting Program are required to complete a minimum of 30 hours of approved practicums, field experiences, or service learning.
  5. Please refer to the TRIN Program Information link on the Translating and Interpreting Program webpage for more details. Applicants are strongly encouraged to fill out the program information form and meet with the program director prior to starting coursework.

Contact Information


Admissions Office 651.773.1700 admissions@century.edu Room 2350 West
Counseling & Advising Office 651.779.3285 Ask Century Room 2410 West
Financial Aid Office 651.779.3305 finaid@century.edu Room 2320 West

Program Contact Information


Cristiano Mazzei
(Program Coordinator)
651.748.2639 cristiano.mazzei@century.eduRoom 1104 West
Marcela Estibill (Faculty)651.779.5780marcela.estibill@century.eduRoom 2073 West
Tara Gibbs (Faculty)651.779.3518tara.gibbs@century.eduRoom 3254 West
Rachel Herring (Faculty)651.779.3205rachel.herring@century.eduRoom 2072 West
Erik Halvorson (Lab Assistant)651.747.4039erik.halvorson@century.eduRoom 1551 East