New Master’s Degree at TAMIU Focuses on Translation
Posted: 9/3/12

New Master’s Degree at TAMIU
Approved, Focuses on Translation

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has provided its approval for a new Masters degree to be offered at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) this Spring, with current coursework already available.

Dr. Tom Mitchell, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said the new degree, the MA in Language, Literature and Translation, is uniquely linked to the border region.

“The degree will build on the bilingual and bicultural idiosyncrasy of the border region, training students in dual-language and translation skills and at the same time providing them with intensive instruction in one or more disciplines of choice,” Dr. Mitchell explained.

Mitchell said the program provides broad and flexible employment opportunities.

“Clearly, well-educated translators versed in a broad range of studies, will be an asset in a variety of international business, media or communications fields and in service sectors, teaching or the judicial system.  This new graduate degree really allows students to build or capitalize on their language skills and pursue the career of their choice,” Mitchell noted. 

 The program includes four complementary course-blocks: English, Spanish, Translation or comparative studies. Students can choose to concentrate on one block, or design their curriculum with courses from the four blocks in addition to the mandatory Core Curriculum. Some coursework will be available online.

 All students will write a Thesis or a Translation Project of similar length and scope. The program also allows students to concentrate on English Studies or Spanish Studies, meeting the 18 semester credit hour requirement for teaching at the community college level.

For additional information on TAMIU’s MA in Language, Literature and Translation, contact Dr. Manuel Broncano, professor and chair, department of Humanities, at 956.326.2471, visit offices in Pellegrino Hall, Suite 314, email manuel.broncano@tamiu.edu or visit a dedicated web site at www.tamiu.edu/catalog/current/ma-llt-thesis.shtml

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