Following in the Footsteps of St. Jerome on International Translation Day 

September 30 is not only the feast of St. Jerome, who translated the Bible into Latin; it is also International Translation Day, formally established by the United Nations in 2017.  Houghton students have increasing opportunities to follow in St. Jerome’s footsteps with exciting new opportunities for the study of language and translation. 

Two innovative new courses are making their debut this fall: “Independent Language Learning,” in which students use online resources to study a range of languages not previously offered at the college, including Danish, Dutch, Indonesian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, and Turkish; and the “Translation Workshop,” in which students explore the growing field of translation studies and workshop their own brief translations together in class. 

“Houghton’s new Independent Language Learning and Translation Workshop classes offer students outstanding opportunities to develop and refine language skills and global competence at a time when these qualifications are increasingly sought by employers,” said Dr. Peter Meilaender, Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of History and Political Science. “These creative initiatives are remarkable for a school Houghton’s size and exemplify the college’s commitment to a globally engaged liberal arts education.”

Building on Houghton’s historic emphases on missions, linguistics, and the global church, these new offerings exemplify the college’s commitment to the intersection between global engagement and liberal arts study in the humanities. For more information about these offerings, please contact Dr. Peter Meilaender.