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 2016 Certificate Students
Deadline to submit a senior thesis for the program requirements is Monday, May 2nd at 12 p.m. If you are doing independent work in lieu of a thesis it is due Thursday, April 28th at 12 p.m.
Questions? Contact Rebecca Aguas at firstname.lastname@example.org
Certificate Applicant Worksheet 2015-16
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.
- 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.
- 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.
International Experience. See Study and Work Abroad below.
- 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
ENG 380/COM 358/THR 380
LIN 408/PSY 408/CGS 408
Situated Language Usage: Conversations
SLA 345/ECS 354/RES 345/COM 345
East European Literature and Politics
TRA 200/COM 209/HUM 209
Thinking Translation: Language Transfer
TRA 400/COM 409
Senior Seminar in Translation
COM 351/TRA 351/ENG 343
Great Books from Little Languages
Creative Writing (Literary Translation)
CWR 305/COM 355
Adv. Creative Writing (Literary Translation)
SPA 210/TRA 210
Program sponsored and Cross-listed courses:
LIN 308/TRA 303
Bilingualism (Christiane Fellbaum)
SPA 380/TRA 380
Translation Workshop: Spanish to English (Natasha Wimmer)
Introduction to Machine Translation (Srinivas Bangalore)
TRA 304/EAS 304
Translating East Asia (Martin Kern)
Electives offered toward certificate:
Creative Writing (Literary Translation) (Idra R. Novey)
CWR 306/COM 356
Advanced Creative Writing (Literary Translation) (Idra r. Novey)
Psychology of Language (Adele Goldberg)
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.
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.