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Minor in Translation Studies

In an age of growing global interconnection, knowing how to translate requires more than just language skills. Successful translation is the very condition of possibility when it comes to addressing global, national, and regional challenges. The Department of Comparative Literature is involved in a wide range of translation initiatives at the University of Michigan. We collaborate with departments and programs across campus to promote new work in translation studies, integrating various theories and practices of translation.  

The Minor in Translation Studies prepares students to enter into this world and engage with the many possibilities it offers. The Minor gives undergraduates at the University of Michigan an opportunity to explore translation from multiple perspectives, as a movement between languages, media, disciplines, and cultures.  

Students who choose the minor come from a wide range of departments. They learn about diverse histories, theories, and practices of translation, through a flexible sequence of courses selected from various departments. Translation minor students also complete a capstone project that allows them to engage translation in various literary and professional settings, including internships, community outreach, and creative collaborations.

Course Requirements

The Minor is open to undergraduates across all departments. It has no prerequisites and is easy to integrate into different programs of study, including student internships and study abroad.
A minimum of 15 credits of courses, with at least one course in Comparative Literature and a minimum of 12 credits in upper-level courses. Coursework must be approved by the Translation Studies Adviser, according to the following plan:

  • 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 or medium that the student will use for the capstone translation project.
  • 6 credits: two upper-level courses with a central component on translation (taught at the University of Michigan, or taken for credit during Study Abroad).
  • 3 credits: a capstone project or internship in translation, completed either while taking COMPLIT 495: Senior Seminar (offered every fall) or as a 3-credit Independent Study (with prior approval).