The Certificate in French Translation is designed to provide you broad exposure to the interdisciplinary study and methods of translation as well as an academic grounding in translation theory and practice. Furthermore, during the certificate completion process, you will combine the study of the culture and language of the Francophone world.

This certificate will provide you with the linguistic, cultural, and practical tools to tackle a variety of translation tasks in a professional setting, and thus, offer you technical skills in the fields of immigration, business, transportation, information, engineering, literature, and diplomacy such as in Consulates and Embassies, and Chambers of Commerce across the world!

Information about the Certificate


In order to be admitted to the Certificate in French Translation, students will have to complete the application. The certificate will be stand-alone for degree-seeking students. Non degree-seeking students are eligible to apply if they already have a B.A. or a B.S. and must take the French placement exam. Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.

Prior to enrollment in the certificate program, students must:

1. Request an appointment with the French Studies director

2. Complete the application form

3. Bring an unofficial copy of their transcript reflecting the GPA requirements

4. Completion of French 202 (fourth semester French) or equivalent via placement test

5. Transfer students may transfer the equivalency of French 301 or 302 (3 credits maximum)


Completion of the certificate requires four courses (12 credits):

  • Take French 101 to 202, or place out of 202;

Then take

  • French 301,  Advanced Conversation and Composition I 
  • French 355, Introduction to Translation and
  • French 408, Writing and Translating 

Plus one course of your choice:

  • French 302, Advanced Conversation and Composition II or
  • French 308, Writing Workshop

Please note

  • No courses may be taken as pass/fail.
  • A GPA of 2.5 is necessary to earn the certificate.
  • All credits earned in this certificate can be applied toward the French Studies major or minor, toward the International Studies-French major, and other certificates.
Certificate Objectives
  • Knowledge of translation practices
  • Knowledge of translation theories
  • Ability to translate a variety of texts from French-English and English-French
  • Knowledge of the different written French styles such as standard, formal, and informal
  • Knowledge of successful translation methodologies
  • Extensive knowledge of French idiomatic expressions
  • Knowledge of the cultural aspects of French language
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