The Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication (PTIC) offers a diverse curriculum that allows undergraduates to develop their understanding of intercultural communication from numerous perspectives. 

PTIC’s undergraduate curriculum offers a wide range of courses, primarily but not exclusively in the humanities and social sciences; we encourage students from all departments and disciplines to explore our offerings, regardless of their knowledge of other languages or prior experience with translation. At PTIC, we recognize translation as crucial to the production and circulation of work in all fields, and of course to our everyday lives as inhabitants of a multilingual and interconnected world. Undergraduates in our certificate program have pursued majors in departments including Anthropology, Comparative Literature, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, History, Near Eastern Studies, Operations Research and Financial Engineering, Politics, and many more. And even those without room for the certificate in their schedules are encouraged to enroll in one (or several!) of our courses: the greater the diversity of approaches, the more exciting and productive our conversations are.

Please take a moment to poke around and explore our course offerings—from our core introductory course TRA 200 “Thinking Translation: Language Transfer and Intercultural Communication,” to language-specific translation workshops, to courses such as “Bilingualism,” “Introduction to Machine Translation,” and “Translating East Asia”—and also our regular lecture series, where we host presentations and conversations about all aspects of translation. We also host a Translator in Residence each semester, who enriches our campus discussions by sharing their knowledge and experience as a professional translator; TiRs often host non-credit Wintersession translation workshops, open to people across the university. Profiles of past and current TiRs can be found here [hyperlink]. PTIC also offers summer funding opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students seeking to undertake translation projects of their own.

We encourage you to take advantage of the courses and programs we offer, and to be in touch with our director, Prof. Karen Emmerich, or program manager, Yolanda Sullivan, if you are interested in hearing more about PTIC.