Degree Program Detail

Interpretation Studies in ASL-English

***NEW PROGRAM***

The demand for qualified ASL-English interpreters is traditionally high and is increasing yearly. The National Interpreter Education Center has documented a nationwide shortage of qualified interpreters. Since 2008, anyone wishing to sit for the National Interpreter Certification (NIC) must have completed a two-year degree. Now, under new National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) rules (July 2012), a four-year degree is required for anyone wishing to become nationally certified. A number of states are now discussing similar plans for state certification.

The Bachelor of Science degree in interpretation studies in ASL/English will prepare students to effectively communicate and interpret between American Sign Language and English. The curriculum strongly emphasizes the sociological, historical, cross-cultural and educational approach to teaching and learning about the Deaf community and American Sign Language through the classroom, experiential learning events, and interactions. The program will prepare students to sit for national certification and to fill the increasing demand for skilled, qualified interpreters.

The Bachelor of Science degree in interpretation studies in ASL/English is an 11-course, 36-credit- hour degree-completion program designed for students who have completed a two-year degree in ASL interpreting or course equivalencies as determined by program faculty. Applicants who hold current National Interpreter Certification may have the entrance language proficiency exam waived and apply for Credential Learning credit. All students must complete a total of 122 hours for graduation, including transfer credit, Common Studies, ASL/Interpreting and electives.

Admission Requirements

  1. Language proficiency - Applicants will be assessed by full-time campus faculty for ASL fluency through an online assessment. The established proficiency benchmark must be met for entrance to the program. This assessment will be waived for applicants holding current NIC certification.
  2. College/university experience - Students must have completed a two-year degree in ASL interpreting or course equivalencies as determined by program faculty prior to entry to the program.
  3. GPA requirements - Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher to start ASL program courses.

**Must take one of the following required electives in addition to the required core courses listed below:

  • PSY209 Child Development or

  • SWK316 Human Behavior in the Environment I

Revised 7/02/2012

Course # Course
ASL220Ethics and Decision Making
ASL330ASL Literature
ASL425Linguistics of American Sign Language
ITP211Theory of Interpreting
ITP310Interpreting in Advanced Settings I
ITP410Interpreting in Advanced Setting II
ITP450Senior Capstone
ITP475Internship
ASL216Linguistics Non-Manual Markers in ASL
ITP311Interpreting Application and Analysis