Traducción e Interpretación

If you're fully bilingual in Spanish and English, Northwestern’s new translation and interpretation major can prepare you for a career in this growing and well-paying profession—working for government and diplomatic offices, faith-based agencies, courts, hospitals and other organizations across the U.S. and overseas.

Valor adicional

Just 4 colleges and universities in the U.S. offer bachelor’s degrees in translation and interpretation. Northwestern is the only college in the Midwest to offer the major and the only Christian college, which means this is the sole place where your career preparation will include a faith-based values perspective.

El idioma del éxito

In addition to 35 credit hours in Spanish, translation and interpretation, the program also includes:

  • Practice in our world-quality simultaneous interpretation laboratory as well as experience translating at live events
  • A senior-year practicum in which students serve as professional translators and interpreters
  • Courses in public speaking, linguistics and the law
  • Liberal arts courses that prepare graduates with wide-ranging knowledge, essential for excelling as a professional translator and interpreter

Excelencia en la enseñanza

Program director Professor Piet Koene has a master’s degree in translation and interpretation—as well as professional certification in both areas—from the Monterey (California) Institute of International Studies. Koene is one of only 15 Class A certified interpreters for Iowa’s courts and was named the Iowa Professor of the Year in 2004. Koene has lived in Honduras, and Spanish is the primary language spoken in his home.