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Doctoral Program in Translation Studies

The TRIP doctoral degree is the first PhD in Translation Studies in the U.S. It prepares students both for the professoriate and for scholarly research-including research-informed translation and offers individualized interdisciplinary tracks to accommodate a variety of backgrounds. The features of the doctoral program are:

Admission Requirements:

Graduate students should demonstrate the following upon entering the program:

Admission decisions are made by the TRIP Admissions Committee in consultation with any other faculty member whose expertise seems in line with the applicant's interests.

Those interested in pursuing the PhD must formally apply through the Graduate School Admissions and follow their standard matriculation procedures.

Course Requirements:

Required Core Curriculum (24 credits)

Translation Practice:

Students who present workshop credits from Binghamton University or elsewhere may petition to have the preceding courses waived. However, the total number of credits (48) required remains the same even when students are exempted from taking TRIP 572 and 573.

Translation Studies:

Translation Tools:

Dissertation Disciplines:

Electives (24 credits)

Allied Electives:

Students are expected to choose electives from the basic knowledge structures briefly outlined below. They constitute some of the broad bases on which the interdiscipline of Translation Studies usually relies:

Disciplinary Electives:

Depending on their interests, students will be able to choose electives from a variety of courses encompassing disciplines such as history, political science, sociology, linguistics, or theater, so that they can be better prepared to develop their research.

For students who want to deepen their knowledge and practice of translation pedagogy, TRIP 580 (variable credit) is highly recommended.

Residency Requirement:

Students are expected to be in residence for their formal coursework, which will usually take two academic years. It is also advisable that they stay in residence during the parallel requirements described below.

Parallel Academic Requirements:

Comprehensive Examination
After finishing their required credits and courses, doctoral students are expected to take the TRIP PhD comprehensive examination, which will be evaluated by an examination committee composed of three examiners chosen by the students in conjunction with the TRIP Co-directors. This examination is divided into four parts:

In order to pass their PhD comprehensive examination, students must achieve a grade of B+ or better on each part. At the discretion of the examiners and in consultation with the graduate advisor, a student who has failed to achieve this standard may retake that part (or those parts) in which the grade was below B+.

Dissertation Prospectus:

Within six months after successful completion of the comprehensive examination, students must choose a dissertation director, and in close consultation with him/her prepare a dissertation prospectus. Once the prospectus is approved by both the dissertation director and the TRIP Co-directors, the dissertation committee will be established in collaboration with the student. The prospectus will also have to be approved by the remaining committee members, and once approved, the student is nominated for PhD candidacy. The prospectus should describe and justify the student's research proposal, its goals and methodology. It should also include a basic bibliography and a timetable.


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Last Updated: 12/19/11