Toward the end of January 2019, the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) shared the news about its Master of Arts in Translation and Localization Management (TLM) degree program being reclassified into a (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) STEM degree.
“The reclassification acknowledges that the TLM program requires high-level technical skills, including advanced computer skills and knowledge of programming languages,” program chair Max Troyer said in the article.
Along with the reclassification comes an extended Optional Practical Training (OPT) program, a period when international students can apply to remain in the US for one year to pursue a career in the language industry. As the program has been reclassified as a STEM degree, international students are now eligible for three years of OPT.
Slator contacted Troyer for more details about the reclassification. He said, “I think this reflects the technical nature of managing localization projects, localization engineering, and internationalization engineering.”
Troyer said the program will stay under its Masters of Arts designation (as opposed to a Masters of Science), noting that Middlebury looked at what other schools did with their MA programs after being reclassified into STEM degrees — and “most kept the BA or MA,” he said.