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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

SIGN-103
American Sign Language III | 4 units
SIGN-104
American Sign Language IV | 4 units
SIGN-110
American Deaf Culture | 3 units
SIGN-112
Interpreting: Principles and Practices | 3 units
SIGN-200
Specialized Signs and Settings | 3 units
SIGN-201
Interpreting I | 3 units
SIGN-202
Transliterating I | 3 units
SIGN-203
Sign to English Interpreting/Transliterating I | 3 units
SIGN-204
Interpreting II | 3 units
SIGN-205
Transliterating II | 3 units
SIGN-206
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:

CWE-188SIGN
Cooperative Work Experience Education | 1 unit
ENGL-111
Introduction to Linguistics | 3 units
SIGN-111
Fingerspelling | 2 units
SIGN-113
Creative Uses of Sign | 3 units
SIGN-114
Working and Socializing with Deaf-Blind People | 4 units
Student using sign language. photo © Robin Spurs

Art piece: Hands breaking chains through learning ASL . photo © Robin Spurs

Students using sign language. photo © Robin Spurs