Global Communications 5-Year BA/MA in Translation

What is the Integrated Five-Year Program?

Global Studies students who decide early in their college careers that they would like to pursue an MA in Translation may complete the Global Studies/Global Communications BA and MA in Translation (MALLT) in five years. Students may choose Arabic, French, German, Russian, Spanish to English, or English to Spanish translation.

Students enroll in undergraduate courses in years 1 – 3, and in year 4, they begin courses for their graduate degree. Students follow rigorous, targeted studies so they can enter their chosen profession sooner, shaving off one year of undergraduate tuition.

What can I do with this degree?

Career opportunities abound; the US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a much faster then average growth for jobs in translation. The degree opens up careers in language services entrepreneurship, government foreign service, teaching, the travel industry, technology & information management, or research.

Combining Global Studies – communication and translation is a valuable asset in the workplace. Translators who can work in specialized settings are particularly well positioned. For example, students in Global Communications may choose electives in information studies for technology expertise, or in literature for skills useful in publishing or media-related positions.

Am I eligible? How can I enroll?

Contact an College of Letters & Science advisor to see if this program is a good fit and if it’s possible. It is best to enter UWM in the first year knowing you want to be in the integrated program.

Students must meet the following requirements for admission to the Graduate School, to begin graduate studies in year 4 if accepted: at least 90 undergraduate credits; all Global Studies General Education Requirements; and most credits required for the Global Studies BA, Global Communications track.

Program Requirements

Individual plans of study will vary depending on coursework completed, electives desired, and foreign language studies. See the sample study plan for an example of required coursework.

Global Communications Integrated BA/Master’s Degree Description (PDF)


Sample Study Plan

Year 1
Fall Credits
GLOBAL 101
Introduction to Global Studies I: People and Politics (SS)
3
HIST 132
World History Since 1500 (HU)
3
First Semester Language
3
Arts GER
3
Math or English GER Course
3-4
Spring Credits
GLOBAL 201
Introduction to Global Studies II: Economics and the Environment (SS)
3
ECON 103
Principles of Microeconomics (SS)
3
Second Semester Language
3
Humanities GER
3
Communications Track Elective (1 of 8)
3
Year 2
Fall Credits
GLOBAL 202
Introduction to Global Studies III: Globalization and Technology (SS)
3
Track Core Writing/Comm Course
3
Third Semester Language
3
Natural Sciences GER (with lab)
3-5
Communications Track Elective (2 of 8) (HU GER)
3
Spring Credits
Humanities GER
3
Fourth Semester Language
3
Track Core Writing/Comm Course/OWC-B
3
Natural Sciences GER (without lab)
3-5
ECON 104
Principles of Macroeconomics (SS)
3
Year 3
Fall Credits
GLOBAL 351
Language, Media, and Social Practice in Global Communications
3
GLOBAL 451
Access, Security, and Intercultural Contexts in Global Communications
3
Fifth Semester Language
3
COMMUN 350
Intercultural Communication as Elective (3 of 8)/CD GER
3
Communications Track Elective (4 of 8) (QL-B)
3
Spring Credits
Communications Track Elective (5 of 8)
3
Communications Track Elective (6 of 8)
3
Sixth Semester Language
3
Seventh Semester Language
3
Global Studies International Internship
3
Year 4
Fall Credits
Elective (1 of 3)
3
Language-Specific Intro to Translation
3
Eighth Semester Language
3
Elective
3
Spring Credits
GLOBAL 550
Global Studies Integrated Capstone:
3
Language-Specific Advanced Seminar in Translation
3
TRNSLTN 726
Computer-Assisted Translation
3
Elective
3
Year 5
Fall Credits
Elective (2 of 3)
3
TRNSLTN 730
Internship in Translation/Interpreting
3
TRNSLTN 820
Translation Theory
3
Elective
3
Spring Credits
TRNSLTN 710
Comparative Systems for Translation
3
Elective (3 of 3)
3
TRNSLTN 709
Seminar in Literary and Cultural Translation
3
Elective
3