Home » Academics » Course & Program Information » Programs of Study » Deaf Studies » Deaf Studies: Interpreting Transfer » Courses & Requirements » Program Notes

Program Notes

Students considering a career in ASL/English interpreting must achieve mastery of both American Sign Language and English by the end of their training. Success in the interpreting profession requires very good interpersonal skills, empathy, acceptance of cultural and linguistic differences, ethical judgement, and a readiness to pursue life-long learning. Graduates must pass state-level credentialing or licensing exams to gain employment. National credentialing is typically achievable  within two to four years after state-level credentialing.

Courses are offered during the daytime hours only. Students must have reliable transportation to and from their practicum sites.

Helpful Hints

Completion of the Associate Degree in a two-year time frame requires a commitment to five courses per semester which is difficult for most students. In order to lessen this course load, students are strongly encouraged to take general education courses while taking Elementary ASL I and II. In particular, students are strongly encouraged to take their English and math requirements during this time.

Recommended Course Sequence
Deaf Studies: Interpreting Transfer Associate Degree
Year 1 Fall ASL111, DST101, DST191, ENG101, Math Elective
Spring ANT101, ASL112, ASL203,  ENG102, Government OR History Elective
Year 2 Fall ASL201, DST205, Free Elective, PHI110, Science Elective
Spring ASL202, ASL205, DST102, Science Elective