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Community Interpretation

Translate and interpret between Spanish and English

Community interpretation provide students with foundational skills in Spanish-English translation and interpretation. Students seeking interpreter certification and improved marketability as bilinguals using Spanish and English in the workplace have the option to complete a certificate or associate degree.

School of Communications, English and World Languages

Programs of Study

Community Interpretation

Associate of Science (MAS557), Certificate (MCE557)

The Community Interpretation program provides students with a foundation in the skills of Spanish-English translation and interpretation. Students train intensively in the three modes of interpreting: simultaneous, consecutive, and sight translation. Instruction covers general and literary translation and skills are applied in the contexts of medicine, law, and business.

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Why study community interpretation?

Community interpretation studies will strengthen your English and Spanish communication skills, from speaking and writing skills, to general and specialized vocabulary. You'll receive a broad overview in translation, medical and court interpreting, and how to leverage translation and interpretation in business settings. Beyond improved employment marketability and a path toward interpreting certification, you'll be able to explore careers such as healthcare interpreter, court interpreter, and translator.

What You'll Learn

  • Learn interpreting terminology and protocol.
  • Learn how to sight translate legal, business and medical documents from English into Spanish and from Spanish into English.
  • Gain the ability to consecutively interpret speech from English into Spanish and Spanish into English in legal, business, and medical settings.
  • Learn how to use of resources such as dictionaries and the internet in performing terminological research.

Career Options

  • Spanish Translator
  • Spanish Interpreter
  • Medical Interpreter
  • Court Interpreter
  • Educational Interpreter