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Minor Requirements

The Minor in Translation Studies requires a minimum of 15 credits of courses. At least two courses have to be taken in Comparative Literature, and a minimum of 12 credits must be upper-level courses.

There are no prerequisites to the minor. 

No course will count towards the academic minor in Translation Studies unless the student receives a grade of C- or better

Coursework must be approved by the Translation Studies Advisor, 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. As a rule, an approved course plan for the Minor in Translation Studies will include at least one upper-level course in a second language. However, students interested in translating across different media, technologies, or disciplines may petition for exception to the language rule, by proposing an upper-level course that develops other skills relevant to the capstone translation project. 

  • 6 credits: two upper-level courses with a central component on translation (taught in any department at the University of Michigan, or taken for credit during Study Abroad). Students may select courses from a pre-approved list, or propose courses for approval. In the latter case, students should identify the translation component and explain the relevance of the course to the Minor.

  •  3 credits: A capstone translation project. In most cases, Minors will design their capstone project together with the translation advisor and/or a faculty member who works in the field and register for COMPLIT 497: Translation Studies Undergraduate Capstone. Students can also choose to register for COMPLIT 495:  Senior Seminar, which is offered every fall. In that case, they will have to complete all coursework required for the seminar and develop a final translation-related paper or project for CompLit 495.

Approval of Upper-Level Courses

Click here to find the list of pre-approved upper-level courses that will count toward the Minor in Translation Studies. Please note, this is not a comprehensive list, and many of the courses listed below are not offered every term of even every year. Students are free to propose other courses (taken at UM or during study abroad) that include a central component on translation and are offered across a wide range of departments. All courses counted toward minor requirement must be reviewed and approved by the Translation Studies Advisor.