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Admission to the program is temporarily suspended effective spring 2013 and will resume contingent on university approval procedures.

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies

109 Satterfield Hall
Tel: 330-672-2150
Fax: 330-672-4009


The Bachelor of Science in Russian Translation is a pre-professional degree designed for students to develop the skills needed to become working translators. It also introduces the rudiments of translation theory as it applies to the actual practice of translation. Graduates may pursue a professional degree in translation or go on to work for government, business or industry, for translation agencies or as freelance translators. Majors meet requirements designed to ensure competence in Russian and take five core courses in translation during the junior and senior years. The major features a 33-credit subject area specialty requirement, which enables translation students to acquire a level of expertise in a specific field in which they can specialize as translators. Translation majors are strongly encouraged to undertake study in a country where Russian is spoken.

Career Opportunities

Opportunities are many and varied, depending on language combinations and subject area specialties.  According to the U.S. department of labor projections, “employment of interpreters and translators is projected to increase 22 percent over the 2008–18 decade, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Higher demand for interpreters and translators results directly from the broadening of international ties and the large increases in the number of non-English speaking people in the United States…  Job prospects for interpreters and translators vary by specialty and language,” ranging from healthcare to law.  In 2009, about 28 percent worked in public and private educational institutions. About 13 percent worked in healthcare and social assistance, many of whom worked for hospitals. Another 9 percent worked in other areas of government, such as Federal, State, and local courts. Other employers of interpreters and translators include interpreting and translation agencies, publishing companies, telephone companies, and airlines. About 26 percent of interpreters and translators are self-employed.”

Translators work with written documents, as distinguished from interpreters, who work with oral language. Many translators will require on-the-job training in addition to Kent’s pre-professional BS in Translation. Translators work predominantly into the mother tongue.

Many translators rely on other sources of income to supplement earnings, such as teaching or language consultancy. The career outlook is best for those who gain a functional ability with translation tools and such skills as revising/editing/proofreading and desktop publishing. Prospects are currently strong in software internationalization and webpage localization (making products, text, or images acceptable to target-country market norms).

Admission Requirements

General Admissions for New Freshman: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

General Admissions for Transfer Students: Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for transfer students.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 121 total credit hours and 42 upper-division hours for graduation. Minimum 2.000 GPA overall and 2.000 GPA in major required for graduation.

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.

Student Organizations

Phi Sigma Iota

Advanced Degree Programs

Secondary Education: Russian  (M.A.T.), Translation: Russian (M.A.)

Admission to the program is temporarily suspended and will resume contingent on university approval procedures.
  • Russian Translation semester by semester Roadmap

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Type Course Title Credits
  RUSS 12201 Elementary Russian I (4)  
    12202 Elementary Russian II (4)  
    12211 Elementary Russian I Recitation (1)  
    12212 Elementary Russian II Recitation (1)  
    22201 Intermediate Russian I (4)  
    22202 Intermediate Russian II (4)  
    22211 Intermediate Russian I Recitation (1)  
    22212 Intermediate Russian II Recitation (1)  
III. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (82 credits)**  Courses count in major GPA 
Type Course Title Credits
  ENG 20002

Introduction to Technical Writing (3)
Business and Professional Writing (3)
  MCLS 30420 Foreign Language and Culture Studies 3
  RUSS 32201 Intensive Russian Grammar 3
    32211 Russian Composition and Conversation 3
    32215 Russian Phonetics and Diction 3
    32231 Translation Practice 1
    32240 Conversation for Business and Special Purposes: Russian 3
WIC   32303 Modern Writers*** 3
WIC   32421 Russian Civilization*** 3
    42211 Advanced Russian Composition and Conversation 3
WIC   42230 Advanced Translation Practice 3
    42240 Business and Special Texts 3
  TRST 20009 Multilingual Information Lifecycle 3
    30230 Approaches to Translation 3
    30330 Cross-Language Mediation 3
  Subject Area Specialty**** 33
  Choose from the following: 6
  RUSS 32325 Russian Poetry and Folklore (3)  
    32350 Russian Prose (3)  
    32354 Russian Drama (3)  
    32501 Russian Literature in English (3)  
    42095 Special Topics in Russian Language and Literatures (3)  
    xxxxx Russian course approved by advisor  
Type Course Title Credits
  Kent Core Additional (must be from two categories) 6
  Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)+ 6-7
  Kent Core Composition 6-8
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each) 9
  Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3-5
  Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)+ 6
  College General Requirements++ 8
  General Electives
Credits required depends on meeting minimum 121 credit hours and minimum 42 upper-division credit hours

*Students with previous Russian study should see a Russian major advisor for placement. Students lacking in sufficient major-level proficiency to take the first major courses, RUSS 32201 and RUSS 32203, can reach it by taking courses in the prerequisite sequence (RUSS 12201, 12202, 22201 and 22202) based on the advisor’s placement recommendation and high school training. Students with sufficient Russian to place into higher semesters are not allowed in Elementary Russian I.

** All courses taken from the list of major program requirements are used in the calculation of the major GPA.

***A minimum C grade must be earned in either RUSS 32303 or RUSS 32421 to fulfill writing-intensive requirement.

****The Subject Area Specialty is a departmentally approved coherent sequence of courses (33 credits) in one or more other disciplines (i.e., not in the Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies). In order to be approved, the Subject Area Specialty must include courses in an area or areas that are currently marketable, such as business, legal studies, international relations, political science, computer science, chemistry, physics or other “hard” sciences. The Subject Area Specialty may include up to 17 credit hours of a different language in the sequence through composition/conversation. It may also optionally include MCLS 22217 Diversity in Today’s Russia. Total credits: 33. The recommended Kent Core courses (see Kent Core Summary) may be included within this area with advisor approval.


+ Recommended Courses
Kent Core Basic Sciences:
BSCI 10001 Human Biology (3)
CHEM 10050 Fundamentals of Chemistry (3)
GEOL 21062 Environmental Geology (3)
Kent Core Social Sciences:
ECON 22060 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
ECON 22061 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)

++ Students who fulfill the language requirement in fewer than 14 hours as a result of starting their Russian studies in a course higher than RUSS 22202 will complete remaining hours with general electives.