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Section 4:  Rhode Island to Wyoming

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 (Rhode Island to Wyoming) offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in German, German studies, German translation or translation studies.


University of Texas at Dallas (UTD)

School of Arts & Humanities, The Center for Translation Studies, 800 West Campbell Road, Richardson, TX 75080-3021

The Center for Translation Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas offers postgraduate degree programs including the subject of Translation Studies.

  • Translation – MA
  • Translation – PhD

The MA and Ph offers an interdisciplinary study of translation studies with a broad background in one or more of three scholarly areas; literary studies, history of ideas and aesthetic studies. The courses involve translation workshops. The PhD has a foreign language requirement but I find no mention of the languages covered.

The university also offers undergraduate German courses.


Brigham Young University

College of Humanities, Department of German Studies and Russian, Provo, UT 84602 , www.byu.edu

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

• German literature – BA, MA
• German linguistics – BA, MA
• German - certificate

They even offer the chance to live in the German house on campus, where are activities are conducted in German and residents share at least one meal a day. Not a bad idea!


Bellevue College, Seattle-Bellevue

Bellevue College, World Languages Institute, B14673 NE 29th Place, Seattle

  • German language courses (evening classes), from beginner to advanced

Bellevue’s department of Continuing Education offers a certificate program in translation and interpretation. Admission to course requires bilingual proficiency in German and English. The Certificate prepares students for taking professional certification tests such as the state court interpreter certification exam.

  • Translation and Interpretation - certificate program (non-language specific core courses)

Bellevue is affiliated with the American Translators Association, National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators, Northwest Translators and Interpreters Society, and the Washington State Court Interpreters and Translators Society.

University of Washington, Seattle

The College of Arts & Sciences / Department of Germanics offers the following German language program. The department also offers a study abroad program in Vienna.

  • Germanics - minor & major
  • German language & literature – major
  • German cultural studies – major
  • Germanics – MA, PhD

There is also a summer quarter certificate available for those interested in using their German language skills in a professional capacity:

  • Localization: Language and Technology for the Global Market – certificate

The Department of Germanics strongly supports and recommends that all students spend a significant time of their education abroad, ideally an entire year, but shorter and more flexible options are also possible. Programs in Germany and Austria are available to all students, regardless of major and German language proficiency.
Germanics website

Washington DC

 American University

College of Arts and Sciences, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW,  Washington, DC 20016

The Department of Language and Foreign Studies at the American University offers an undergraduate certificate in translation (the graduate certificate is unfortunately not available for German):

Other learn German language related undergraduate courses:

  • German Studies - BA
  • Language and Area Studies – BA
  • Foreign Language and Communication Media – BA
  • Business Language and Culture Studies - BA

Georgetown University

Faculty of Language and Linguistics, Department of German, 37th and O Streets, N.W., Washington D.C. 20057

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

  • German – minor & major
  • German – MA & PhD


University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee

College of Letters and Science, Translation & Interpreting Studies, P.O. Box 413, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413

The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee runs a graduate program in translation, designed to help you on your way into a career in translation or as a stepping stone to a PhD in translation. They offer four language pairs, including ours, German to English.

  • Language, Literature and Translation – MA

The graduate program in translation is recognised by the American translator’s Association (ATA) as an Approved Translation and Interpreting School.

Read Andrea's review of the German Translation course at Milwaukee.


James Madison University

Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Culture,  MSC 1802, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807

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

  • Modern Foreign Languages (German) – BA
  • German / Business German - minors

That completes section 3: Montana to Pennsylvania of our directory of universities where you can learn German language and translation skills in the USA.

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