Translation Minor

At a Glance

Level: Undergraduate
Credits: 15
Phone: 612-625-0591 or 612-624-4000

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Translation is a rewarding profession, and a growing field in the United States and around the world. Employers often prefer candidates who have demonstrated skill in a second language because of the immediate contribution they can make. This may involve written or oral translation of documents for immediate use.

Students in the translation minor learn the fundamental skills of converting written text between languages for a variety of purposes (including research, marketing, community outreach, internal communications, etc.). Coursework also orients students toward professional opportunities and professional development in translation and the language service field.

University students majoring in a number of fields can benefit from the translation minor. Foreign language majors, billingual students, and students in technical and scientific disciplines are especially well-suited to add translation to their portfolio.

Prerequisites and Requirements

  • Intermediate-level skills in a second language
  • Four 3-credit courses in translation/interpreting and one elective course (total 15 credits)

Sequence for Completion

Read the course descriptions here.

  • TRIN 3001 Introduction to Translation (Offered in fall)
  • TRIN 3002 Intermediate Translation (Offered in spring)
  • TRIN 3101 Introduction to Interpreting (Offered in fall & spring)
  • TRIN 3005 Principles of Translation (Currently offered every other spring)
  • Elective  (Taken with consultation of minor adviser or program staff)


To apply for the Translation Minor, submit the completed form to 20 Nicholson Hall, 216 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis, Mn., 55455. Or fax to 612-626-1800 or e-mail


For more information about the Translation Minor, call 612-625-0591 or 612-624-4000 or e-mail