American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreting - AAS Degree
The Associate of Applied Science degree in American Sign Language Interpreting is designed to prepare students for licensure as interpreters for the deaf. This program is also designed to prepare students to sit for national exams of certification.
The outcomes identified below define the knowledge and skill sets
that graduates of this program will possess at the end of their program of study.
(used by permission from E. McCaffrey, American River College, CA 2007)
• Discuss and apply knowledge of linguistic, cross-cultural and interpretation theories.
• Demonstrate communicative competency in English and in ASL through effective communication in a variety of settings with speakers of varying age, gender, and ethnicity.
• Analyze, identify and apply personal, professional and ethical decisions in a manner consistent with theoretical models and standard professional practice.
• Demonstrate interpersonal competencies that foster effective communication and productive collaboration with colleagues, consumers and employers in an interpreting context.
• Formulate effective interpretations both consecutively and simultaneously.
• Develop an on-going professional action plan integrating interactions with D/deaf related organizations, connections with interpreter employers, and the implications of certification on the provision of interpreting.
Minimum credit hours required: 64
General Education Requirements: 25 credit hours
See courses that will satisfy General Education Requirements below.
ENG 101¹ College Composition I (3)
ENG 102¹ College Composition II (3)
MAT 142¹ College Mathematics(3)
Any approved General Education courses in the Arts/Humanities category.
Social/Behavioral Sciences (6)
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (3)
Any approved General Education courses in the Social/Behavioral Sciences category. (3)
Physical/Biological Sciences (4–5)
Any approved General Education course in the Physical/Biological Sciences category.
Students must demonstrate 4th semester proficiency in ASL. They must complete or be enrolled in ASL 203, ASL 110, and ITP 210 and declare intent to complete the program of study in order to apply for admission to the program. A questionnaire and preliminary assessment of sign language skills may be required.
Degree Core Requirements: 39 credit hours
Required Foundation Courses (for admission to program: 10 credit hours
ASL 110 Intro to Deaf Studies (3)
ASL 203¹ American SignLanguage V (4)
ITP 210 Intro to Prof. Interpreting & Ethics (3)
Core Courses: 29 credit hours
ASL 211 ¹ Fingerspelling & Numbers (3)
ASL 212 ¹ Linguistics & Grammar of ASL (4)
ITP 213 ¹ Consecutive Interpreting (4)
ITP 214 ¹ Simultaneous Interpreting (4)
ITP 215 ¹ Transliterating (3)
ITP 216 ¹ Educational Interpreting (3)
ITP 217 ¹ Interpreting Seminar (3)
ITP 289 ¹ Internship/clinical field experience (3)
Elective (see list below) (2-4)
We recommend students choose from (but are not limited to) the following list of electives to allow them the option to explore their preferred area of work, while building a well-rounded foundation of general knowledge. Additional electives may be selected with program coordinator approval.
AJS 101 Introduction to Administration of Justice (3)
AHS 100 Introduction to Health Services (3)
AHS 131 Medical Terminology (3)
AHS 110 Health Care Ethics and Law (3)
ECE 100 Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3)
LDR 115 Workplace Ethics (1)
PSY 2401 Developmental Psychology (3)
SPC 100 Fundamentals of Speech Communication (3)
THR 101 Introduction to Theatre (3)
¹ Prerequisite or consent of instructor required.
This catalog was prepared on the basis of the best information available at the time of publication. All information is subject to change without notice, obligation, or liability.