Interpretation and Translation Studies
College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature
Center for Interpretation and Translation Studies
1890 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-6233
Fax: (808) 956-2078
D. Ashworth, PhD (Director)-translation and interpretation theory, translation, computer applications
J. Y. Lu-Chen, PhD, Certificate in T&I-translation, computer-assisted translation, consecutive and simultaneous interpretation
A. Nakazawa, MA-translation
S. Zeng, PhD, Certificate in T&I-translation and interpretation theory, Web-based translation, consecutive and simultaneous interpretation
Certificates Offered: Certificate in Interpretation, and Certificate in Translation
The Academic Program
Interpretation and translation (IT) is the study of appropriateness in interlingual and cross-cultural communication. Translation students focus on written work. They acquire basic knowledge of computer-assisted tools and programs that facilitate translation, as well as an understanding of analytical and research techniques needed for translating written texts. Interpretation students focus on oral work. They learn the techniques needed to facilitate interpersonal, interlingual oral communication. Both fields of study emphasize sociolinguistic and communication skills and techniques needed to facilitate cultural, scientific, and technical exchanges in cross-cultural and multinational settings. Students may also focus on both fields of study by following, concurrently or sequentially, both programs of study.
The Center for Interpretation and Translation Studies was established at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa within the College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature in 1988. The center's primary goal is to provide, through theoretically based academic programs, basic training in interpretation and nonfiction translation. Additional objectives of the center include developing of an interdisciplinary research program and serving the community as a clearinghouse for information on professional resources and practices. It also aims to provide the community at large with a broad range of educational opportunities by sponsoring lectures, seminars, and workshops. For the latest information, please visit the center's Web page at
College of Social Sciences
2550 Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8881
Fax: (808) 956-5396
T. J. Brislin, PhD (Chair)-mass communication, history/trends, ethics
A. Auman, MA-news editing, publication layout and design
L. Frazier, EdD-public relations, publication layout and design
G. Y. Kato, MA-broadcast news, law, reporting
B. D. Keever, MS-public affairs reporting
T. Kelleher, PhD-public relations
Degree Offered: BA in journalism
The Academic Program
Journalism (JOUR) education helps students develop their ability to gather, analyze, and organize information and to communicate it to others clearly, effectively, and responsibly-skills that are particularly important in this Age of Information. Assignments in journalism courses also lead students to increase their knowledge of public institutions and major public issues and to become more at ease in meeting and talking with other people at many different levels. Many students major in journalism to prepare for careers with the print or broadcast news media or in public relations work. However, a journalism education also serves as an excellent foundation for graduate study in other fields.
The department, which is largely professional in its orientation, is one of 106 departments or schools of journalism in the United States with national accreditation and is among the leaders in its emphasis on ethics and quality writing. More than half of its classes are "writing-intensive," and most call for more writing than that designation requires. Students are encouraged to work for Ka Leo O Hawai'i, the campus newspaper, and to participate in the department's extensive program of professional internships, many of which offer pay as well as valuable experience.
The program is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.
Advising is mandatory for all journalism majors.
- 30 credit hours minimum (maximum of 33) in journalism courses
- 15 additional non-introductory credit hours in a discipline of choice
- 90 credit hours in non-journalism courses
- All students enrolled in journalism classes requiring off-campus assignments must sign
a University of Hawai'i Waiver Form-Assumption of Risk and Release
- For all students: JOUR 150, 205, 206, and 365
- For students in print journalism sequence: JOUR 315, 415, 445, and 460
- For students in broadcast journalism sequence: JOUR 315, 366, 436, 466,
- For students in public relations sequence: JOUR 320, 410, and 420.