Bachelor of Arts in
Translation and Interpreting


Program Overview

Oral Roberts University’s Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Translation and Interpreting equips you for an interesting career in one of the fastest growing fields. Today’s world is increasingly globalized with world trade, broadening international ties and a more diverse U.S. population. According to “Fastest Growing Occupations: Occupational Outlook Handbook: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics”, jobs in translation and interpreting are projected to grow by 29% between now and 2024!

You’ll experience a broad range of knowledge in many subjects with a strong liberal arts education.

To be a successful professional translator, you will want to build a solid foundation and match standard international requirements, which often consist of three operational languages. As a result, it is recommended that you pursue a minor in another language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Modern Hebrew or Spanish).

You will interact with our excellent faculty, who will guide you in further developing skills in foreign language and incorporating them into your everyday life. You’ll be introduced to the basics of translation theory, moral and ethical considerations, consecutive and simultaneous interpreting. There are opportunities to apply your skills in service learning within the community and in other real-world scenarios.

More than this, our unique mission to develop Holy Spirit-empowered leaders through Whole Person Education can set you apart as an inspiring professional ready to impact the world.

Our commitment to equip Spirit-empowered leaders is why you can graduate from this program fully prepared to immerse yourself in today’s global environment. You will be prepared to touch the lives of those around you and make a difference for the higher good.

What can I do with a B.A. degree in Translation and Interpretation from ORU?

You can enjoy a successful and exciting career in:  

  • Business
  • Government
  • Faith-based Organizations
  • Freelance Translation/Interpreting
  • Ministry/Missionary Work
  • Foreign Service
  • And More!

What are some of the core experiences of this program? 

  • Phonetics/Conversation
  • Spanish or French Composition
  • Business Spanish or French
  • Beginning/Intermediate Translation
  • Beginning/Intermediate Interpreting
  • Advanced Translation/Interpreting
  • Career Preparation
  • Internship and more!

What makes ORU’s B.A. in Translation and Interpretation program stand out?

Through the philosophy of Whole Person Education, we create an atmosphere of collaboration, nurture imagination and court the inspiration of the Holy Spirit by dedicating ourselves to being masters of our craft. 

On top of this, you’ll learn directly from faith-grounded professionals who know what it takes to succeed as professionals in today’s global world while leading with purpose to make an impact.

What about accreditation?

As a university, we meet the accreditation standards set by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Are there scholarships available?

Nearly 100% of our full-time, undergraduate residential students receive ORU grants and scholarships through academic achievement and through ORU’s premier scholarship opportunity of our Quest Whole Leader Scholarship. To learn more about financial aid, click here.


  • Translation/Interpret - Arabic
  • Translation/Interpret-Chinese
  • Translation/Interpret - French
  • Translate/Interpret-Mod Hebrew
  • Translation/Interpret-Spanish

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