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Certificate of Proficiency

To be eligible for admission to the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication a student must meet the following requirements by the end of his or her sophomore year.

  • Satisfactory completion of the established requirements for admission to one of the cooperating departments or to a department whose plan of study may be combined with this interdepartmental program.

Attention 2013 Certificate Students
Deadline to submit Independent Work for the program requirements is
Friday, April 11, 2014, at 12 p.m. 

Questions? Contact Rebecca Aguas at raguas@princeton.edu

Certificate Applicant Worksheet 2014-15

All students enrolled in the certificate program are required to successfully complete the following program requirements. Each student’s specific course of study must be approved by the program director.

  1. The program's two core courses: TRA 200 Thinking Translation: Language Transfer and Cultural Communication and TRA 400 Senior Seminar in Translation and Intercultural Communication.
  2. Four courses at the 200 level or above from at least two of the following three categories:

    (a) Upper-level courses focusing on translation into and/or from a foreign language (examples include: SPA 308, FRE 407, ARA 308, and CWR 306)

    (b) Courses that contribute to an understanding of some aspect of translation (may be found in disciplines such as Linguistics, Psychology, Philosophy, Anthropology, History, Comparative Literature, etc.)

    (c) Any course listed or cross-listed by the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication (with the exception of TRA 200 and TRA 400)

    Courses outside these categories that contribute to an understanding of intercultural and interlingual communication may be substituted at the discretion of the program director.

  3. International Experience. See Study and Work Abroad below.

  4. Senior Thesis. Students in the program will write a senior thesis that incorporates issues of translation in one or more of its several senses. In departments where this option presents a difficulty, a student may petition to have another piece of independent work meet the requirement. Such projects may be completed, for instance, during a summer stay abroad.

    Students seeking admission to the program should contact Program Manager Rebecca Aguas.
  •  Language Requirement Expertise in a language other than English is an important component of the program. All languages offered by the University apply; check with Rebecca Aguas about other applicable languages.

Study and Work Abroad  Students wishing to achieve a certificate in the program will spend a year, a semester, or six weeks of the summer in a Princeton-approved course of study or internship program in an area where the chosen non-English language of proficiency is spoken.

Courses of Interest

Spring 2015 Courses

CLA 208/ENG 240/LIN 208/TRA 208 
Origins and Nature of English Vocabulary

TRA 301/COS401 
Introduction to Machine Translation

ARA 308 
Theory and Practice of Arabic to English Translation

CWR 206 
Creative Writing (Literary Translation)

CWR 306/COM 356 
Advanced Creative Writing (Literary Translation)

HUM 305/TRA 306/ECS 305
Imagined Languages

LIN 201/ENG 241 
Introduction to Language and Linguistics

LIN 303 
Linguistic Semantics

LIN 306 
The Structure and Meaning of Words

LIN 308/TRA 303
Bilingualism

POL 240/WWS 312 
International Relations

PSY 208
The Brain: A User’s Guide

FALL 2014

TRA 200/COM 209/HUM 209                     
Thinking Translation: Language Transfer and Cultural Communication

TRA 400/COM 409                                       
Senior Seminar in Translation and Intercultural Communication
                       

ANT 321                                                        
Ritual, Myth, and Worldview


ARC 374                                                        
Computational Design


COM 225                                                      
Introduction to World Literature: Leaving Home Throughout the Ages

COM 380/NES 380                                       
Politics and Society in the Arabic Novel and Film


COM 535/ENG 528                                      
Contemporary Critical Theories - Translating Violence/Translating Justice


COS 402                                                        
Artificial Intelligence

CWR 205                                                       
Creative Writing (Literary Translation)


CWR 305/COM 355                                      
Advanced Creative Writing (Literary Translation)

FRE 366                                                         
Modern French Fiction

FRE 528                                                         
Francophone Literature and Culture Outside of France - The Francophone Caribbean

LIN 201/ENG 241                                         
Introduction to Language and Linguistics 

NES 269/POL 353                                         
The Politics of Modern Islam


SLA 345/ECS 354/COM 345/RES 345        
East European Literature and Politics

SPA 206                                                         
Legal and Business Spanish


SPA 210/TRA 210                                         
Introduction to Spanish-English Translation

VIS 343                                                         
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Study Abroad

Students wishing to achieve a certificate in the program will spend a year, a semester, or six weeks of the summer in a Princeton-approved course of study or internship program in an area where the chosen non-English language of proficiency is spoken.

Undergraduate and graduate students who conduct research abroad are supported by a variety of sources on campus, including the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, Office of the Dean of the College, and various academic departments. The Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication assists in locating contacts for students.

For more information on study abroad and internship abroad programs contact the Office of International Programs.

Independent Work

Students will write a senior thesis that incorporates issues of translation in one or more of its several senses. In departments where this option presents a difficulty, a student may petition the PTIC director to have another piece of independent work meet the requirement. Such projects may be completed, for instance, during a summer abroad.

 

 
 
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