Comparison of Associate and Undergraduate Translation Departments in State and Foundation Universities
Applied English and Translation programs, having started associate degree education in 2010, have reached 30 in number in the last six years. The heavy increase in the number of these departments, which follows a curriculum different than undergraduate English Translation and Interpretation departments, has driven our attention to the translatorship as vocational education. By comparatively analyzing the associate and undergraduate translation departments in state and foundation universities, this study aims to draw academic attention to associate programs, which are yet to be studied in detail. Due to the high number of programs and variants, this study is limited to the analysis of academic staff, number of students, the second foreign languages and translation courses offered. For obtaining a general view, academic staff, number of students, the second foreign languages are analyzed in five state and five foundation universities. Due to the high number of both associate and undergraduate programs, only the two programs are analyzed in terms of courses offered. Within this framework, the curriculum of Hacettepe University English Translation and Interpretation Department, one of the first undergraduate programs in Turkey, and the curriculum of Bülent Ecevit University Applied English and Translation Department, the first associate program in translation education, are comparatively analyzed. Some suggestions for improving Applied English and Translation departments are put forward in line with the results of these analyses.
Translation Education, English Translation and Interpretation, Applied English and Translation, Voca