The Major in American Sign Language-English Interpreting prepares students to work as professional interpreters and transliterators with Deaf and with hard-of-hearing persons in a variety of situations. While American Sign Language serves as a foundation, several other modes of communication used by the Deaf community are introduced as well. Audio-visual materials are accessible for individual study of a broad cross-section of communication methods. Interactions with Deaf and hard-of-hearing persons and regular practice using videotaping equipment are principal means for the development of skills. The curriculum prepares students to interpret between spoken English and American Sign Language and to transliterate between conceptually accurate signed English and spoken English. Success in American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf Studies or American Sign Language-English Interpreting requires being able to perceive signers’ faces, hand movements and body movements and being able to convey and receive ASL through these channels quickly at the natural pace of language. Also essential are ability to perceive and process visual information and eye-hand coordination that allow effective communication. A good foundation in basic ASL is critical to advancing successfully in the ASL and Deaf Studies major as well as the American Sign Language-English Interpreting major. American Sign Language-English Interpreting majors require good auditory perceptual skills as well as good visual skills when working between auditory and signed communications quickly and in real time. One exception is that Deaf people who want to become Deaf interpreters are encouraged to apply to the American Sign Language-English Interpreting program. Such interpreters are often intermediary interpreters who work between signed communications.
The major goal of the program is to prepare graduates for entry-level professional interpretation and transliteration assignments between ASL and spoken English, contact varieties, and English-influenced sign forms and Spoken English, respectively.
Students successfully completing the program of study will have achieved the following learning outcomes:
The Major in American Sign Language-English Interpreting requires 51 hours with 45 hours beyond the first year ASL 110: American Sign Language I and ASL 120: American Sign Language II and six hours in related courses. Required courses include:
ASL 203: American Sign Language III (3 hrs.)
ASL 204: American Sign Language IV (3 hrs.)
ASL 331: Introduction in Linguistics in ASL (3 hrs.)
AEI 215: Translation and Interpreting Readiness (3 hrs.)
AEI 301: Introduction to Interpreting (3 hrs.)
AEI 302: Interpreting Skills I (3 hrs.)
AEI 303: Interpreting Skills II (3 hrs.)
AEI 307: History and Culture of the American Deaf Community (3 hrs.)
AEI 311: Educational Interpreting (3 hrs.)
AEI 321: Interpreting in Specialized Settings (3 hrs.)
AEI 337: Internship (9-15 hrs.)
AEI 351-52: Senior Study (6 hrs.)
A supervised internship in an approved off-campus agency is an essential part of the major program. Internships and practicum requirements, limited class enrollments, and the necessity of offering some classes in alternate years demand very careful planning by students majoring in American Sign Language and American Sign Language-English Interpreting. Major paradigms and alternate year offerings are available from major advisers.
Each student must satisfy the core requirements and requirements for individual programs of study.