Portuguese/English Community Interpreting

Degree offered

Certificate of Achievement in Portuguese/English Community Interpreting

Credits required 27


Ulli K. Ryder

Program contact

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

Program Code: PI

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.

Program 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

HUM 390Fieldwork in Interpreting Portuguese/Spanish

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 101 or CRJ 113 or MAA 101 and ENG 101, HUM 156, POR 321

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

POR 322, POR 352, POR 353, COM 160

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 3

HUM 390

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