LWL

Our department's substantive programs prepare students for work in the public and private sectors, in:

  • The language services industry—interpreting, localization, and translation
  • Education
  • Research
  • Writing, publishing, and the media
  • Health, legal, and social services
  • Business
  • Government
  • International relations
  • The cultural heritage sector—museums, libraries, and archives

Modern Languages graduates may also pursue advanced degrees in a variety of fields including language, localization and translation, linguistics, culture, and literature.

For more information about careers for language specialists, see our Careers page.

GILT: Globalization, Internationalization, Localization, and Translation

Our department's cutting-edge Localization program combines language, culture, and technology to prepare students for work in the language services industry. Localization and translation is the fourth fastest-growing industry in the United States, and is a $55 billion business around the world set to grow 2-3% annually, even in these times of global recession.

Localization translates and adapts language, texts, products, software, and websites to a target culture. Our students learn in a collaborative work environment with hands-on training in computer-assisted translation, for ultimate career preparedness.

In the second semester of Localization and Translation, students work with an international software partner, KantanMT, to build machine translation (MT) engines in their language pair, and test their engines against international products such as Google Translate. Students learn concepts of "big language data" collection and processing, as well as MT engine tuning across multiple languages and domains - key skills for future employment. In the second half of the class, Localization students build AI models using these same language data for natural language understanding tasks.

Graduates of our Localization and Translation program can apply for a Master of Arts in Translation and Localization Management at our partner university, Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California, the premier graduate institute in the nation for Localization. They offer substantial scholarships to our graduates who are accepted into their program.

Our department offers a minor* in Localization and Translation with the following options:

  • The requirements for the minor in Localization and Translation-Arabic are:

    • ARAB 2314 Intermediate Arabic II with a grade of B or better
    • ARAB 3310 Arabic Localization and Translation I
    • ARAB 3311 Arabic Localization and Translation II
    • ARAB 3345 Introduction to Computer-Assisted Translation
    • Six additional hours in Arabic at the 3000/4000 level

    Students are strongly recommended to take ARAB 3310 before taking ARAB 3345.

    The requirements for the minor in Localization and Translation-Chinese are:

    • CHIN 2314 Intermediate Chinese II with a grade of B or better
    • CHIN 3310 Chinese Localization and Translation I
    • CHIN 3311 Chinese Localization and Translation II
    • CHIN 3345 Introduction to Computer-Assisted Translation
    • Six additional hours in Chinese at the 3000/4000 level

    Students are strongly recommended to take CHIN 3310 before taking CHIN 3345.

    The requirements for the minor in Localization and Translation-French are: 

    • FREN 2314 Intermediate French II with a grade of B or better 
    • FREN 3320 Localization and Translation I 
    • FREN 3321 Localization and Translation II 
    • FREN 3345 Introduction to Computer-Assisted Translation 
    • Six additional hours in French at the 3000/4000 level 

    Students are strongly recommended to take FREN 3320 before taking FREN 3345.

    The requirements for the minor in Localization and Translation-German are:

    • GERM 2314 Intermediate German II with a grade of B or better
    • GERM 3310 Localization and Translation I, or GERM 4334 The Culture of Business
    • GERM 3311 Localization and Translation II, or GERM 4335 Business German
    • GERM 3345 Introduction to Computer-Assisted Translation
    • Six additional hours in German at the 3000/4000 level

    Students are strongly recommended to take GERM 3310 before taking GERM 3345.

    The requirements for the minor in Localization and Translation-Korean are:

    • KORE 2314 Intermediate Korean II with a grade of B or better 
    • KORE 3310 Korean Localization and Translation I 
    • KORE 3311 Korean Localization and Translation II 
    • KORE 3345 Introduction to Computer-Assisted Translation 
    • Six additional hours in Korean at the 3000/4000 level 

    Students are strongly recommended to take KORE 3310 before taking KORE 3345.

    The requirements for the minor in Localization and Translation-Russian are: 

    • RUSS 2314 Intermediate Russian II with a grade of B or better 
    • RUSS 3310 Localization and Translation I, or RUSS 4334 The Culture of Business 
    • RUSS 3311 Localization and Translation II, or RUSS 4335 Business Russian 
    • RUSS  3345 Introduction to Computer-Assisted Translation 
    • Six additional hours in Russian at the 3000/4000 level 

    Students are strongly recommended to take RUSS 3310 before taking RUSS 3345.

    The requirements for the minor in Localization and Translation-Spanish are: 

    • SPAN 2314 Intermediate Spanish II with a grade of B or better 
    • SPAN 3310 Spanish Localization and Translation I 
    • SPAN 3321 Spanish Localization and Translation II 
    • SPAN 3345 Introduction to Computer-Assisted Translation 
    • Six additional hours in Spanish at the 3000/4000 level 

    Students are strongly recommended to take SPAN 3310 before taking SPAN 3345.

    The requirements for the minor in Localization and Translation-Dual Language are: 

    • One Localization and Translation I course in Language 1 
    • One Localization and Translation II in Language 1 
    • One Introduction to Computer-Assisted Translation course in Language 2 
    • One Localization and Translation II in Language 2 
    • Six additional hours in Language 1 at the 3000/4000 level 
    • Six additional hours in Language 2 at the 3000/4000 level 

*A certificate option is available for graduate students, non-degree seeking students, and students whose units do not allow minors.

We use these tools in our courses:

KatanMT Memsource

 Modern Language Teaching

The 18-hour minor in Modern Language Teaching is a career-focused program for students who wish to enter the field of education. Language pedagogy courses will prepare you for a variety of classroom scenarios within public and private secondary institutions. The curriculum complements your alternative certification program and provides an internship opportunity where you can make connections with future employers. 

Our department offers a minor in Modern Language Teaching with the following options:

  • The requirements for the minor in Modern Language Teaching-Arabic are:

     

    The requirements for the minor in Modern Language Teaching-Chinese are:

     

    The requirements for the minor in Modern Language Teaching-French are: 

     

    The requirements for the minor in Modern Language Teaching-German are:

     

    The requirements for the minor in Modern Language Teaching-Korean are:

     

    The requirements for the minor in Minor Language Teaching-Russian are: 

     

    The requirements for the minor in Modern Language Teaching-Spanish are: 

     

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