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Part 3:  Montana to Pennsylvania  (Part 1, Part 2, Part 4)

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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 - Montana to Pennsylvania - offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in German, German studies, German translation or translation studies.

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University of Nebraska at Kearney

905 West 25th Street, Kearney NE 68849, www.unk.edu

The Department of Modern Languages at UNK offers a German option in their graduate program:

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New Jersey

Montclair State University

Montclair, New Jersey, 07043

The German program run by the Department of Modern Languages and Literature at Montclair offers a minor and major where you can learn German language itself.  Sadly it's centre for Translation and Interpreting doesn't cover German.

  • German - minor & major

The German language program at Montclair runs an exchange program with Graz, Austria, giving students the opportunity to study in Austria for a whole academic year with a full scholarship. Students on the exchange report in detail about their experiences in Austria on the Montclair website.


Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, 319 Aaron Burr Hall, Princeton

The Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies runs a program in translation and intercultural communication (PIRS).  Expertise in German is a prerequisite for the course.

  • Translation and Intercultural Communication – Certificate of Proficiency

Though the program takes linguistic translation as its base and has a strong international flavour, it also encourages students to study other forms of discourse and seeks to foster lively debates among the sciences, humanities, and the arts.
PTIC Director David Bellos

Rutgers University

Department of Germanic, Russian, and East European Languages & Literatures
The State University of New Jersey, 172 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8541

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

• German studies – minor & major
• German – MA, MAT, PhD

They do offer a study abroad program to spend a semester or year at the Freie Universität in Berlin.

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New York

City University of New York (CUNY), Hunter College

Department of German, Room 1405 Hunter West, NY

  • German – major & minor

City University of New York (CUNY), Queens College

65-30 Kissena Blvd. Flushing, NY 11367

The Department of European Languages & Literatures  offers a German programm:

  • German – minor & major
  • Creative Writing and Literary Translation - MFA

New York University

German Department, 19 University Place, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10003

The NYU College of Arts and Science is another place to learn German - their programm includes:

  • German BA & MA
  • German Studies  MA & PhD

Students are also encouraged to learn German abroad, on a study semester or year in Berlin, Bonn or Vienna.

State University of New York (SUNY), Binghamton University

Library Tower 1503, Binghamton University, PO Box 6000,NY 13902

The Translation research and instruction program (TRIP), founded in 1971 and run by the Department of Comparative Literature to promote the study of translation at SUNY Binghamton, offers graduate and undergraduate programs.

There is no mention at all of whether German is covered or not, so you'll need to contact them for more details:

  • Translation Studies – BA Minor
  • Translation – graduate certificate
  • Translation Studies – PhD

The TRIP doctoral degree is the first PhD in Translation Studies in the U.S. It prepares students both for the professoriate and for scholarly research-including research-informed translation and offers individualized interdisciplinary tracks to accommodate a variety of backgrounds.
TRIP website

State University of New York (SUNY), at Albany

1400 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12222

Although listed by the American Translators Association as an institution offering translation courses, I find only a single course on translation, plus a German minor:

University of Columbia

415 Dodge Hall, MC 1804, 2960 Broadway, NY 10027, http://arts.columbia.edu/LTAC

The Columbia University School of the Arts runs a series of Literary Translation at Columbia (LTAC) graduate courses as part of their MFA in writing and literary translation:

• Translation courses as part of the MFA Writing Program - certificate

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North Carolina

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

9201 University City Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28223-0001, Department of Languages and Culture Studies:

German – major and minor

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This seems to be the state to go to for German language enthusiasts!

Kent State University

Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies,  475 Janik Drive, Kent, Ohio 44242

The MCLS at Kent seems a great place to learn German - language and translation, and offers a comprehensive German program:

  • German - BA, MA & PhD
  • German Translation - BSc
  • Translation - MA (German to English)
  • Translation Studies - PhD

Their office of global education also organize exchange programs for students to study at the Technical University of Dresden or the University of Leipzig.

They also got directly in touch with me to tell me about the new online Masters in Translation they offer, which can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis and offers German as one of the six language options. More information and testimonials on their website.

The Institute for Applied Linguistics at Kent State University is still the only program in the United States that offers degrees in translation all the way to the Ph.D. And unlike other universities, Kent is a research institute that offers both a solid technology track that is so vital in today's industry as well as the theoretical underpinnings that plant the seeds for life-long learning and critical thinking.

Julian-Pascal Bisping, LSP Program Manager, Kent State University website

Ohio State University

Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures, Enarson Hall 154 W 12th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210

The department claims to be home to “one of the oldest and largest German and Germanic Studies programs in the country” and is a Goethe Institute of Chicago examination center. It does offer a great range of fascinating German courses investigating German language and culture, and programs in:

• German - minor
• German culture & language - major
• German literature & language - major
• German – MA & PhD

For undergrads there's a German club, a summer study tour to Dresden, and a Study Abroad program in Bonn.

The department also offers  the chance to study abroad at institutions including the Humboldt Universität Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, and the Technische Universität Dresden.

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La Salle University

School of Arts & Sciences, 1900 W. Olney Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19141

La Salle University offers undergraduate German language courses. Although listed by the American Translators Association as an institution offering translation courses, they seem to be only for Spanish:

  • German – major or minor

University of Pittsburgh

Department of German, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

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

• German Studies – minor
• German – certificate (language proficiency)
• German – major
• German – Honours
• German Studies – PhD
• German & Film Studies - PhD

The department offers the chance to learn the German language abroad at the Universität Augsburg, and other institutions.

Have you studied at one of these institutions?  Tell us what you thought of the course. Helpful entries will be rewarded with a link to your website!

German language & translation courses in the USA. A 4-part series, organised alphabetically, by state: AL to HI,  IL to MN, MT to PA, RI to WY

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Joanna Scudamore-Trezek

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