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American Sign Language - English Interpreting

The American Sign Language-English Interpreting Program is designed for individuals who are interested in the field of American Sign Language-English Interpreting. The program provides a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approach of instruction. The five-semester program (after the pre-entry-level is completed) is designed to equip students with knowledge and skills for entry-level sign language interpreting. Areas of scholarly pursuit include cultural and historical studies, linguistic examination, and literary analysis, as well as the study of the language in its conversational form. The courses within the program are geared to preparing students for evaluation for certification through the National Association of the Deaf – Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf National Interpreters Certificate. Graduates will be prepared for entry-level interpreting positions working with Deaf persons or transfer to four-year degree programs. This program can be completed either as a part-time or full-time student in a day or evening program.

Students are admitted to the American Sign Language-English Interpreting Program when they have demonstrated English competency and have satisfactorily completed the Pre-entry-level courses of American Sign Language.
The specific objectives of this program are that the graduate must be able to:
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of American Sign Language and English with members of the Deaf community.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the studies of American Sign Language as a distinct modern language, including scholarly pursuit of cultural and historical studies, linguistics, and literary analysis. 
  • Explain the social and cultural characteristics of American Deaf Culture, general and diverse American culture.
  • Identify and analyze the psychological and social factors affecting diverse populations within the Deaf community. 
  • State the ethical and professional standards of interpreters working in the field with Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons. 
  • Examine the types of interpretation and translation and the processes of interpretation, using theoretical models. 
  • Demonstrate the skills and process tasks of American Sign Language-English interpretation.
  • Explain and analyze the field of interpretation from an historical perspective. 
  • Analyze contemporary issues in the field of interpreting and the Deaf community. 
  • Demonstrate effective written, spoken, and signed communication skills.
  • Demonstrate the skills and motivation for continued self-education.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills, with emphasis on using community resources to solve specific problems.
  • Analyze one’s rights and responsibilities as a professional and/or a citizen in a world community.
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Pre-Entry Level

Fall Semester

ASL 101 - American Sign Language I
ASL 102 - Visual-Gestural Communication Techniques
ENG 101 - English Composition I*

Spring Semester

ASL 103 - American Sign Language II
ASL 104 - ASL Classifiers
ENG 102 - English Composition II*
HUD 104 - Fingerspelling

First Year

Fall Semester

ASL 201 - American Sign Language III
ASL 205 - Linguistics of American Sign Language
MAT 117 - An Introduction to Mathematical Ideas
HUS 101 - Community Resources in Human Services
PSY 101 - General Psychology

Spring Semester

ASL 202 - American Sign Language IV
ASL 208 - American Deaf Culture and History
HUD 105 - Interpreting Processes: Theory and Practice
HIS 201 - Externship in Human Services
SOC 101 - Principles of Sociology

Second Year

Fall Semester

GOV 201 - American Govt and Politics
HUD 103 - Text/Discourse Analysis for Interpreting
HUD 108 - Interpreting Process Application in ASL to English
Humanities Gen Ed Requirement

Spring Semester

BIO 101 - Intro to Biology OR
BIO 102 - Human Biology
HUD 106 - Interpreting Process Application in English to ASL
HUD 110 - Interpreter Role and Ethics
HUD 215 - Advanced Techniques of Interpreting

Fall Semester (Fifth Semester)

HUD 109 - Prevent. Measures against CTD in Interpreting
HUD 216 - Field Experience in Interpreting

This track is designed for those who are full-time students. The track may differ for those who are part-time students or not taking all of the courses as suggested in the track.
*ENG 101 and ENG 102 must be completed before taking ASL 201.


Career Options

Graduates will be prepared for entry-level positions, based on interpreting competencies, as an interpreter with Deaf persons in a variety of community settings, to pass the written examination of the national RID certification, and/or for transfer to four-year degree programs.


A grade of ‘B’ or higher in the pre-entry level is required to be eligible for entry into the ASL-English interpreting program. Students must maintain grades of ‘B’ or higher to stay in the program. A grade of ‘C’ necessitates a conference with the Instructor(s) and Coordinator for consultation. A ‘C’ in more than one of the courses disqualifies the student from continuing in the program unless there were extenuating circumstances. A grade of ‘D’ or ‘F’ disqualifies the student from entry into or continuation of ASL – English Interpreting Program. Permission to do Field Experience in Interpreting (HUD 216) will be based on demonstration of proficiency via examination and consultation with the coordinator and instructors. As mandated by the college, students must earn grades of ‘C’ or higher in the general education courses. 


Program Information

Type of Program: Associate in Applied Science Degree

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