Languages and Culture Studies: Translating and Interpreting Studies (Spanish-English), Graduate Certificate

12 Credit Hours
Admits: Fall, Spring & Summer
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The Department of Languages and Culture Studies offers a Graduate Certificate in Languages and Culture Studies: Translating and Interpreting Studies (Spanish ↔ English).  It is designed for Early Entry, post-baccalaureate, graduate, and post-graduate students.  Students typically complete the required 12 graduate credit hours in 2-3 semesters, and may begin the program in either the Fall, Spring, or Summer semester.

Students in the certificate program study the history, theory, methodology, and profession of translation and interpreting; work intensively in the analysis of different types of written and oral discourse; become familiar with computer-assisted translation, sight translation, simultaneous and consecutive interpreting; and develop advanced post-editing skills.  Graduate level coursework may also include special topics courses in translation and interpreting and up to 3 credit hours of professional internship credit in translating and interpreting.  Translating and interpreting is done in both directions of the language pair: Spanish ↔ English.

The program is 100% online and designed to be flexible for working professionals hoping to continue their education. 

The Graduate Certificate in Languages and Culture Studies can be completed in 1 semester if enrolled full-time, and 2-3 semesters if enrolled part-time.

Graduates of the program will learn critical skills for positions in the field of Translating and Interpreting. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Educational translator/interpreter • Cultural education ambassador (K-12) • Bilingual healthcare advocate • Diplomatic interpreter • Foreign affairs translator • Language analysts • Asylum applicant translator • Immigration case worker • State and Federal court interpreter



Application Deadlines: 

  • August 1 (fall)
  • December 1 (spring)
  • April 1 (summer)

Admissions & Requirements: 

  • Baccalaureate degree in Spanish, or in a closely related area that requires sufficient upper-division coursework in that language (e.g., for Spanish, Latin American Studies, International Studies, International Business), or an undergraduate degree, certificate, or minor in translation.
  • Original transcripts that indicate a minimum overall GPA of at least 2.75
  • Three letters of reference (from professors, specialists in translation, and/or employers, preferably in the field)
  • A well-developed essay in English that addresses the applicant’s motivation for enrolling in the certificate
  • An oral interview with the Graduate Program Director (this can be conducted by phone or using a virtual platform like Zoom or Google Meet)
  • A sample of translations into or from the language pair (with original text to accompany each translation submitted)
    • 1,000 word maximum (in English to target language or vice versa)
    • If applicant does not have translation samples, they can submit a college paper in English and a second one in the target language
  • International Students Only- Official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (International Students only) / DuoLingo test scores also accepted
  • Complete the Graduate School Admissions Application.

The certificate application does not require GRE or MAT scores.
Students may apply as Early Entry, graduate, and post-graduate students; post-baccalaureate students may apply but will have to submit a second application before completing six credit hours.  

Note: Students interested in adding this Graduate Certificate to the M.A. in Spanish must apply separately for the certificate program. One application does not cover both programs.


Select two of the following:

  • INTE 6050: Topic in Interpreting Studies (3)
  • INTE 6601: History, Theory, and Method of Interpreting (3)
  • TRAN 6000: Special Topics in Translation Studies (3)
  • TRAN 6601: History, Theory, and Method of Translation (3)
  • TRAN 6602: Linguistics for Translators (3)
  • TRAN 6603: Computer-Assisted Translating  (3)
  • TRAN 6604: Translation Project Management (3)

Select two of the following:

  • INTE 6172: Spanish-English Legal Interpreting (3)
  • INTE 6174: Spanish-English Medical Interpreting (3)
  • INTE 6176: Spanish-English Community Interpreting (3)
  • TRAN 6472: Workshop on Non-Literary Topics I (Business, Legal, Governmental) (3)
  • TRAN 6474: Workshop on Non-Literary Topics II (Medical and Technical) (3)
  • TRAN 6476: Workshop on Literary and Cultural Topics (3)

Note: The group of four courses selected must include a minimum of one INTE course and one TRAN course.

Grade Requirements: A grade of A or B is required for each course.

Transfer Credit:

  • Three credit hours of coursework may be considered for possible transfer into the certificate program if approved by the Department of Languages and Culture Studies. Nine of the 12 credit hours for the Graduate Certificate must be taken at UNC Charlotte.

*Rates are subject to change*


  • $281.59 per credit hour
  • $3,379.00 est. program cost

Outside of NC Non-Resident:

  • $522.54 per credit hour
  • $6,270.00 est. program cost

Non Resident:

  • $1,067.43 per credit hour
  • $12,809.00 est. program cost