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AA Degree - American Sign Language Interpreting

The American Sign Language Interpreting program is a comprehensive two-year program designed to award students with an Associate in Arts degree in American Sign Language Interpreting. The degree will provide students with transfer opportunities to a four-year college or university as well as equip them with the necessary skills for entry-level positions within the field of interpreting.

Students may take American Sign Language courses to satisfy the General Education language requirement. They may also take the courses for pleasure or practical usage in communication with the deaf community, as well as to prepare for a profession that will require communication competence in the language. Enrollment in the courses will provide students with opportunities to develop their linguistic skills as well as their cultural awareness.

Interpreters work in a variety of settings. These include, but are not limited to: educational, legal, medical, religious, community, theater, rehabilitation, and freelance.

Degree Student Learning Outcome:
Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the core skills and knowledge required for employment as an interpreter.

Program Requirements:
Units Required: 38

American Sign Language III | 4 units
American Sign Language IV | 4 units
American Deaf Culture | 3 units
Interpreting: Principles and Practices | 3 units
Specialized Signs and Settings | 3 units
Interpreting I | 3 units
Transliterating I | 3 units
Sign to English Interpreting/Transliterating I | 3 units
Interpreting II | 3 units
Transliterating II | 3 units
Sign to English Interpreting/Transliterating II | 3 units

Plus a minimum of three units from the following, and a
minimum of 1 unit of CWE-188SIGN is required:

Cooperative Work Experience Education | 1 unit
Introduction to Linguistics | 3 units
Fingerspelling | 2 units
Creative Uses of Sign | 3 units
Working and Socializing with Deaf-Blind People | 4 units
Student using sign language.

Art piece: Hands breaking chains through learning ASL .

Students using sign language.