Certificate Program

Degree offered

Certificate of Achievement in Portuguese/English Community Interpreting

Credits required 27

Dean

Joanne Preston

Program contact

Jose Costa, LusoCentro Director and Professor of Portuguese, ext. 2925

Program Goals Statement

This certificate prepares bilingual students to work as interpreters in a variety of community settings. Students develop specialized vocabulary and communication skills and learn the standards and practices of professional interpreters and translators.

Program Requirements

  • Interpreters are required to demonstrate written and oral fluency in both English and Portuguese.
  • ENG 101 is a pre-requisite to HUM 156.
  • Students with prior experience as interpreters should consult with the program director or PEL Coordinator to discuss Prior Experiential Learning (PEL) credits.

Program Information

  • Students with a bachelor’s degree can prepare to take the Office of Court Interpreter Services (OCIS) certification exam.
  • The program follows Massachusetts Medical Interpreters Association (MMIA) guidelines.

Degree Requirements

Program Courses

COM 160Intercultural Communication

3 credits

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

HUM 156Fundamentals of Interpreting and Translating

3 credits

POR 321Portuguese for Interpreters

3 credits

POR 322The Portuguese Language in the World: An Introduction to the Lusofonia

3 credits

POR 352Written and Sight Translation for English and Portuguese

3 credits

POR 353Interpreting Portuguese/English

3 credits

POR 390Fieldwork in Interpreting

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:24

Choose one of the following

CRJ 101Introduction to Criminal Justice

3 credits

CRJ 113Criminal Law

3 credits

MAA 101Medical Terminology

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

CRJ 101Introduction to Criminal Justice

3 credits

Or

CRJ 113Criminal Law

3 credits

Or

MAA 101Medical Terminology

3 credits

And

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

HUM 156Fundamentals of Interpreting and Translating

3 credits

POR 321Portuguese for Interpreters

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

POR 322The Portuguese Language in the World: An Introduction to the Lusofonia

3 credits

POR 352Written and Sight Translation for English and Portuguese

3 credits

POR 353Interpreting Portuguese/English

3 credits

COM 160Intercultural Communication

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 3

POR 390Fieldwork in Interpreting

3 credits

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