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Learn German Language & Translation in the USA

Section 1: Alabama to Hawaii

Thinking about a career in German translation?

Want to learn German language or German translation at university, or to study the science of translation itself?

If you’ve spent any time on my website you’ll realize that translation is a great profession, one that anyone with the necessary language skills and determination should consider.

This section of the German translation course directory lists universities and institutions in the USA (Alabama to Hawaii) offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in German, German studies, German translation or translation studies.


Arizona State University

School of International Letters & Cultures, P.O. Box 870202, Tempe, AZ 85287-0202

Although listed by the American Translators Association as an institution offering translation courses, I find only a graduate program to learn German language itself:


University of Arkansas

Department of English, 333 Kimpel Hall, Fayetteville, AR 72701

Arkansas Programs in Creative Writing and Translation (APCWT) are run by the university’s Department of English and offer a Master of Fine Arts in literary translation:

• Translation – MFA

Candidates need a reading knowledge of 2 foreign languages. The MFA offers training in the practice and theory of literary translation, especially of translation into English.

APCWT: This is an excellent course for those wishing to specialize in literary translation and many other fields involving creativity, such as computer and video games.


Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
460 Pierce St,  Monterey, CA 93940

Translation involves transferring a written message from one language to another, says the Institute’s website. The Monterey Institute offers all the following courses are offered for seven language pairs, one of which is German to English:

• Translation - MA
• Translation & Interpretation - MA
• Translation & Localization Management -MA
• Conference Interpretation - MA

San Diego State University

German Studies, Department of European Studies, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-7704

Although listed by the American Translators Association as an institution offering translation courses, I find only a graduate program where you can learn German language:

• German - minor
• German – BA
• German studies – BA

University of California, Irvine

The School of Humanities, Department of German offers:

  • German literature, philosophy and culture – BA
  • German (strong literary & philosophical focus) – MA, PhD

UCIrvine also has an International Center for Writing and Translation at Irvine and the Center is touted as one of the 5 academic institutions in the US offering courses in Translation Studies – but for the life of me, I can’t find their website or whether the program is still offered. Hope you have more luck.

UCSD, University of California

San Diego 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, CA 92093

Although listed by the American Translators Association as an institution offering translation courses, I find only undergraduate programs where you can learn German language itself:

German studies – minor and major


University of Denver

University of Denver Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, 2199 S. University Blvd.,Denver, CO 80208,

Although listed by the American Translators Association as an institution offering translation courses, I find only programs for German itself:

German – minor and major
• German - BA


Georgia State University

33 Gilmer Street SE Atlanta, GA

The Department of World Languages & Cultures at Georgia State introduced graduate-level certificate programs in translation and interpretation in 1979. Translation program for French, German and Spanish.

Translation - Graduate Certificate
German – BA, IEML, MIB and as a Minor

Perimeter College at Georgia State also offers undergraduate German as part of its World Language program.


University of Hawaii

1890 East-West Road Moore Hall, Honolulu, HI 96822

The University of Hawaii has a Center for Interpretation and Translation Studies (CITS) which offers an undergraduate degree (although I couldn't find any specific mention of German):

• Interpretation and Translation – BA
• Summer Intensive Interpreter Training (SIIT) - certificate (held every 2 years)
• Community Interpreting – certificate (coming soon)

That completes section 1: Alabama to Hawaii of our directory of universities where you can learn German language and translation skills in the USA.

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