The NEW BA in Translation major starting Fall 2022!

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in Translation requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including 33 s.h. of work for the major. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the major and in all UI courses for the major. They also must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences GE CLAS Core.

There is growing global demand for language mediation, and students with a BA in Translation are well placed to serve this demand. Undergraduate students in translation work together in a close cohort of like-minded peers interested in world languages, literature, and global affairs.

Distinctive experiences in the BA in Translation include:

  • collaborative and generative translation workshops,
  • exchanging feedback with peers on individual work,
  • comprehensive, foundational curriculum and exposure re: modes and functions of translation in the global era,
  • outreach and immersion opportunities through study abroad and/or professional internships,
  • mentorships provided by professional translators, and
  • field-specific career counseling.

Students engaged in Translation coursework enjoy the expertise of professors who are both excellent teachers and prize-winning experts in the art and craft of translation. Students also have the opportunity to interact with Translators in Residence, alumni and current students in the MFA in Literary Translation program, and outside speakers who are practical experts in the fields of writing, translating, and editing.

The BA in Translation is a perfect complement to many other Programs of Study, including areas such as world languages, creative writing, international relations, international studies, international business, or global health.

Translation is a crucial dimension of global literacy and communication, and U of Iowa translation students graduate with valuable career competencies. Graduates:

  • work in a variety of capacities in the publishing industry,
  • receive fellowships to travel and work/teach abroad, and
  • pursue graduate education and training in literary, legal, medical, or business translation.

Known worldwide as “The Writing University,” the University of Iowa has an unsurpassed legacy in creative writing, literary translation, and international writing. The BA in Translation is a key part of the writing-related endeavors at the university.

For students interested in becoming translators, Iowa is not just the best place—Iowa offers the first BA exclusively focused on translation in the US.

For more information, or to declare a major, contact Tiffany Phillips,

BA in Translation information sheet