The University of Iowa is renowned for its longstanding leadership in the area of translation. Today, the Translation program spans across both undergraduate and graduate curricula, offering an undergraduate minor in Translation for Global Literacy, an MFA in Literary Translation, and a graduate certificate in literary translation for students pursuing MFA’s and other graduate programs in the Humanities. The MFA program in Literary Translation continues to combine creative practice, international literature in-the-making, with training in comparative literature, world languages and literatures, and craft scholarship and theory. The College of Education also offers degree-granting programs that are vital to CTGL's mission, especially for teachers of world languages and cultures.

Degree Programs at the University of Iowa

Bachelor of Arts in Translation

The new Bachelor of Arts in Translation draws on the university’s recognized strength in writing and communication. It is the first BA in Translation to be offered at a Research 1 university in the U.S. The BA prepares students to translate from another language into English in a variety of fields.  The degree can be completed alongside virtually any major in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Master of Fine Arts in Literary Translation

The MFA in Literary Translation features a balance between hands-on and collaborative training in the art and practice of literary translation, and theoretical studies on translation.

The Graduate Certificate in Literary Translation is also offered to those students who wish to integrate translation practice more intentionally into their writing life or graduate training.

Minor in Translation for Global Literacy

The minor in Translation for Global Literacy encourages undergraduates to explore translation as a crucial dimension of global literacy and communication. Involving academic training at the intersection of world languages, creative writing, translation studies, and disciplinary programs, it's intended to complement virtually all majors and disciplinary study.

PhD in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education

Offered through the College of Education, this interdisciplinary doctoral program brings together scholarly traditions and contemporary theory in multilingual education and applied linguistics, literacy and cultural studies, and social studies education.

Master of Arts in Multilingual Education

The MA in Multilingual Education allows students to design a program of study with a specific area of focus. The MA program provides in-depth preparation in theoretical and practical aspects of language learning and teaching.

MAT in World Language Education

This graduate program prepares teacher candidates to be effective and engaging world language teachers to students in grades 5-12 or K-12, while also offering a depth of study in graduate coursework focused on connecting research to practice.

Bachelor of Arts in World Language Education

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in world language education is within the University of Iowa's College of Education. Students must earn a BA in one of these majors in order to also earn the BA in world language education: Asian languages and literature (Chinese or Japanese), FrenchGermanItalianRussian Spanish, or classical languages.