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PhD in Translation Studies in USA
Thread poster: Tetyana Dytyna
Tetyana Dytyna  Identity Verified
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Jul 20, 2009

Dear colleagues,

I am currently looking for a PhD program in Translation Studies at an American University. It would be great if you could recommend any good ones that you know.

I will appreciate any links to programs, especially your personal feedback if you happened to be a student there, or recomendations of any friends of yours.

Thank you in adavance.


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Christine Schmit  Identity Verified
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PhD in translation studies in the US Jul 20, 2009

Hi Tetyana,

As far as I know, there are only two PhD programs in translation studies in the US, one at Binghamton University and one at Kent State University.
http://www2.binghamton.edu/comparative-literature/graduate/doctoral-translation-studies.html
http://appling.kent.edu/PhD.html

Best regards,
Christine


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shfranke  Identity Verified
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Also The U. of Texas at Austin [in selected languages] and MIIS (maybe) Jul 20, 2009

Greetings.

Such programs are also offered at:

1. The University of Texas at Austin [available only in selected languages, last I heard]

and

2. (maybe) MIIS (which does offer MA programs in T&I in various language pairs)

Curious why would you need a PhD in translation, versus another doctoral major in which your language skills would be a means, rather than an end?

Hope this helps.

Regards,

Stephen H. Franke
English - Arabic, Persian, and Kurdish
San Pedro, California


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Tetyana Dytyna  Identity Verified
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Good point Jul 20, 2009

Stephen,

That's a very good question that you asked. In fact, I never thought of this from that perspective. I already have a Bachelor's in translation, and an MA in Translation Studies, so I just assumed it would be logical to continue with a PhD in Translation. But I will give a thought to your suggestion, moreover it seems the US doesn't offer that many programs.

Thanks,
Tetyana Dytyna


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hfp
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Maybe Belgium Jul 20, 2009

Hey, Tetyana Dytyna! I am actually in sort of the same situation as you. I am finishing up a Masters in Spanish Linguistics and would like to get a PhD in translating and/or interpreting somewhere in the world, one day. Not too long ago I asked some professors back home (I am in Santiago, Chile) if they knew of any interpreting programs and one of them suggested I look in Europe. Maybe in Belgium you can find something. In the meantime don't lose hope.

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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
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Not many Jul 21, 2009

It is true that there are not many translation degree programs in the USA. But why would you want a PhD? Translation is not something you learn in a classroom, you learn by doing, and you also earn money doing it.

You probably have a good enough academic background already. From there it is all up to you.


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Julia Ober  Identity Verified
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With Henry Jul 21, 2009

Henry Hinds wrote:

But why would you want a PhD? Translation is not something you learn in a classroom, you learn by doing, and you also earn money doing it.

You probably have a good enough academic background already. From there it is all up to you.


I couldn't agree more. It all boils down to experience.

If you ask me, a PhD in translation generally only makes sence if you want to teach.

Regards,
Julia

[Bearbeitet am 2009-07-21 07:38 GMT]


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AutoLingo  Identity Verified
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Why a PhD in Translation Studies? Jul 22, 2009

The only other benefit I could think of besides teaching is translation research, i.e. if you want to investigate an obscure language, or if you want to focus on translation technologies. Do you have a particular interest within translation about which you would eventually write your dissertation?

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Daina Jauntirans  Identity Verified
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MIIS Jul 22, 2009

As far as I know, MIIS doesn't offer PhDs. At least when I attended (late 1990s), the translation and interpretation programs were very practically oriented. Very little pure translation theory was taught.

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chica nueva
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Someone has mentioned Europe ... New Zealand and Australia have PhD programmes. Any interest? Jul 23, 2009

The University of Auckland offers a PhD in Translation, information here:
http://www.arts.auckland.ac.nz/subjects/index.cfm?P=1343

Australian programmes, here is one: Macquarie University, Sydney:
http://www.ling.mq.edu.au/translation/index.htm

[ @ hfp, this must be the Belgian programme (?):
http://www.kuleuven.be/cetra/index/index.html ]

[Edited at 2009-07-23 11:10 GMT]


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Andrea Shah
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MFA programs Jul 23, 2009

There are also two MFA programs in literary translation that I know of, both of which are centered around the idea of a translation workshop. One is at the University of Iowa, and one is at the University of Arkansas.

I am just finishing up my degree at Iowa (I have about a week left) and i'd be happy to answer any questions you might have about the program.

It's worth noting that an MFA in literary translation is a terminal degree (like the PhD) whereas most MAs are not held to be terminal degrees in the states.


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sarandor  Identity Verified
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PHD in Applied Linguistics Jul 24, 2009

Hello Tetyana,

You can also consider PHD in Applied Linguistics. Translation is one of the areas of Applied Linguistics, so getting a PHD in AL would make perfect sense since you already have linguistic BA and MA degrees. I am sure there are considerably more colleges in US that offer PHD in AL than colleges with doctoral programs in TS.

Best,

Galia


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Tetyana Dytyna  Identity Verified
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Thank you! Jul 26, 2009

I am terribly greatful to everyone who contributed to my thread. I looked at all programs you recommended, and some of your comments did make me think.

To Henry, Julia and chiriz: I see myself in the academe in the future and I want to do research on something I'm familiar with, so I think a PhD might be an asset here.

To Christine, Stephen, hfp, lai an: thanks for the links you posted - I'm considering every one of them.

Andrea and Galia: thanks for showing me an alternative way.

Thanks again. I wish you all the success with translation!


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hfp
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PhD in Translation Studies at Binghamton University Jul 26, 2009

Just three days ago I found this PhD program at Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York.

Stand-alone Ph.D. in Translation Studies

I have copied the description from the link below:

The CRIT/TRIP doctoral degree is the first Ph.D. in translation studies in the U.S. It prepares students both for the professoriate and for scholarly research – including research-informed translation – and offers individualized interdisciplinary tracks to accommodate the anticipated variety of backgrounds.

This newly approved Ph.D. program is built on the premise that translation studies integrate several disciplines. It is intended to insure that candidates are familiar with the source disciplines and cultures as well as scholarship in translation studies per se – assuming that candidates enter with adequate practice.

I found that program here: http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/interpreters/courspan.pdf

That link will direct you to Resources for Professional Development of Spanish Court Interpreters.

I'll keep an eye out for more programs.

[Edited at 2009-07-26 18:47 GMT]


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Julia Ober  Identity Verified
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Tetyana, I understand your point and wish you the best of luck! Jul 31, 2009

Tetyana Dytyna wrote:

To Henry, Julia and chiriz: I see myself in the academe in the future and I want to do research on something I'm familiar with, so I think a PhD might be an asset here.



Tetyana, I understand your point and wish you the best of luck!


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