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Translation & Interpretation Studies


Develop skills in written translation between English and Spanish in healthcare, legal, literary and business settings. A full-time student can complete this program in two semesters. 

Upon completing the program, work an entry-level position as a professional translator or interpreter between English and Spanish and enjoy challenging work in healthcare, education or legal specialties for government or corporate entities. This certificate also could enhance your employability in other professions.

Conditional Enrollment Program: To be eligible to enroll in TRS courses, you must score a minimum of 601 on the Spanish WebCAPE (Computerized Adaptive Placement Test). Once you have completed the requirement listed above and the Department has authorized your enrollment, you may enroll in TRS courses. See the program director or advisor for more information.

 Online Option:  This program can be completed entirely online.


Downtown Campus

Contact Information

Division of Communication
Dean: 520.206.7045
Lead Faculty: 520.206.7274
Program Advisor: 520.206.5251
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Completing the PCC Translation & Interpretation Studies Certificate program can lead to employment in a variety of different careers.  Here are some examples of occupations related to this program with associated Pima County-based annual median wages.  Some careers may require additional training.  Source: EMSI

Occupation Annual Median Wage
Translator $35,284
Interpreter $35,284

Academic Options

Continue your studies and prepare for university transfer by completing the Associate of Arts Translation & Interpretation Studies Concentration.

Program Requirements 2020-2021

Required Core Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
TRS 101 Introduction to Translation and Interpretation 3
TRS 120IN Technology for Translation and Interpretation 2
TRS 160 Translation in Specialty Area 4
TRS 161 Medical Spanish/English Interpretation 3
TRS 162 Introduction to Legal Spanish/English Interpretation 3
TRS 202 Interpretation Techniques 3
TRS 270 Simultaneous Interpretation 4
TRS 282 Advanced Project in Translation 4
Total 26

Conditional Program/Major Concentration Codes: CRTTRANSLATE/9TRS
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