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Faculty Senate approves program
TRIP evaluated for PhD in translation studies

The University Faculty Senate Tuesday approved an anticipated PhD program in translation studies. If implemented, it would become the first academic program of its stature in the nation.

Evaluators from several universities were on campus to review the program last month. Rosemary Arrojo, professor of comparative literature and director of Harpur College’s Translation Research and Instruction Program (TRIP), said evaluators interviewed students and faculty about the existing program, toured the library, and will send Graduate School Dean Nancy Stamp feedback and recommendations.

Program recommendations will then be implemented and submitted by formal proposal to SUNY Chancellor Robert King for final approval, Arrojo said.

The program was established in 1971 by Distinguished Service Professor Marilyn Gaddis Rose, who also started the Translation Referral Service in 1974, a non-profit organization that connects businesses and publishers with foreign language interpretation.

In 1987, the University started the Center for Research in Translation (CRIT), the only research center in translation study within SUNY. The center publishes the journal Translation Perspectives.

BU currently offers a translation curriculum for students pursuing the MA in comparative literature, romance languages, social sciences (MASS) and education (MAT). The University also offers a translation certificate to master’s and PhD students from all disciplines who have taken the necessary courses and are able to pass a translation exam. Undergraduate students who are adequately proficient in a foreign language may also be accepted into TRIP’s translation workshops.

Arrojo said the field of translation research has grown significantly during the last 20 years, especially in Europe and South America. A PhD program in translation studies at Binghamton could potentially attract students from throughout the world.

The doctoral program would be interdisciplinary; students would be able to take courses in translation studies and other relevant subjects.

“They may be interested in literature and translation, philosophy and translation or engineering and translation,” Arrojo said.

Arrojo said the PhD program would be a good addition to the curriculum. “Students will be able to study translation and take advantage of all the resources that a university like this can offer,” she said.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08