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Section 2:  Illinois to Minnesota

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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 (Illnois to Minnesota) offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in German, German studies, German translation or translation studies.


University of Chicago

Division of the Humanities, Department of Germanic Studies, 1050 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637

  • BA, MA & PhD in Germanic studies

University of Illnois at Urbana Champagne

Center for Translation Studies
4080 Foreign Language Building, 707 South Mathews Avenue, Urbana, Illinois 61801

The University of Illinois has a Center for Translation Studies encouraging you to turn your love of languages into a marketable career.

Undergraduate program:
• Translation Studies – certificate
• Applied Literary Translation - certificate

Graduate program:

  • Translation Studies – certificate
  • Translation and Interpretation – MA


Indiana University Bloomington

1020 East Kirkwood Avenue, BH 644, Bloomington, IN 47405-7103

Although listed by the American Translators Association as an institution offering translation courses, I find only a graduate program for Germanic studies offered by their Institute of German Studies:

Germanic Studies – BA & MA & PhD

Indiana University – Purdue University of Indianapolis (IUPUI)

420 University Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46202, www.iupui.edu/

The School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI offers undergraduate qualifications where you can learn German language and German translation:
• German – BA
• German dual degree with Purdue School of Engineering - BA
• Translation studies – undergraduate certificate

Candidates must be fluent in their language pair upon entry to the program.

Rose Hulman Institute of Technology

5500 Wabash Avenue, Terre Haute, IN 47803

The Rose Hulmann Institute of Technology, an engineering, science and maths college, and its Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, is offering a technical translation certificate program for its undergraduates:

Technical Translation in German – certificate of proficiency

"Engineers now clearly need to learn a foreign language and learn it fluently if they are to participate in and benefit from the international trade in technology."
Rose Hulman Institute of Technology


University of Iowa

Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature, E210 AJB
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242, http://ccl.clas.uiowa.edu/node/113

The University’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences has a Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature which has run a graduate program in literary translation for the past 40 years:

Literary Translation - MFA

Iowa State University

Department of World Languages & Culture, 3102 Pearson Hall, Ames, IA 50011

Although listed by the American Translators Association as an institution offering translation courses, I find only a program where you can learn German language at their Department of World Languages & Culture, although this can be combined with a wide variety of other programs, including engineering and business:

German - major


University of Massachusetts

19 Herter Hall, Amherst, MA 01003

UMass offers undergraduate degrees in German & Scandinavian studies, as well as an MA and PhD in German.

The university also runs the UMass Translation Center offering a graduate program in translation studies:

• Translation Studies – MA

They also offer certificate studies aimed at undergraduates:

• Medical Interpreting – certificate
• Interpreting Studies - certificate


University of Minnesota

College of Continuing Education, Program in Translation and Interpreting (PTI), 160 McNamara Alumni Center, Minneapolis

Mission Statement: The Program in Translation and Interpreting (PTI) at the University of Minnesota is committed to building the capacity of Minnesota institutions, businesses, and public services to communicate with speakers of all languages through translation of written texts and competent interpreting of spoken communications.

The University of Minnesota’s program in translation and interpreting is designed for highly proficient bilinguals wanting to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for professional translation and interpreting.

• Interpreting – certificate
• Courses in translation, interpreting, consecutive interpreting, legal and healthcare settings

That completes section 2: Illnois to Minnesota of our directory of universities where you can learn German language and translation skills in the USA.

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