Interpreter Education (A55300)

Associate in Applied Science Degree

The Interpreter Education curriculum prepares individuals to work as entry-level Sign Language Interpreters who will provide communication access in interview and interactive settings. In addition, this curriculum provides in-service training for working interpreters who want to upgrade their skills.

Course work includes the acquisition of American Sign Language (ASL); grammar, structure, and sociolinguistic properties; cognitive processes associated with interpretation between ASL and English; the structure and character of the deaf community; and acquisition of consecutive and simultaneous interpreting skills.

Entry-level jobs for para-professional interpreters are available in educational systems or a variety of community settings. Individuals may choose from part-time, full-time, or self-employment/free-lance positions, or apply language skills to other human service related areas.

This curriculum complies with the standard approved by the State Board of Community Colleges.

Students may be required to take developmental courses in Math and/or English as a result of high school GPA or pre-enrollment placement tests.  Therefore, the student may need more than the minimum number of semester hours listed for graduation. Consult a program advisor for more information. 

Fall Semester  (15 Credits)

course

class

lab

Clinic

work Exp.

credit

ACA 115 Success and Study Skills
or
ACA 122 College Transfer Success

0

2

0

0

1

ASL 111 Elementary ASL I

3

0

0

0

3

ASL 112 Elementary ASL II

3

0

0

0

3

ASL 181 ASL Lab I

0

2

0

0

1

ASL 182 ASL Lab 2

0

2

0

0

1

IPP 111 Introduction to Interpretation

3

0

0

0

3

IPP 112 Comparative Cultures

3

0

0

0

3

Spring Semester (17 Credits)

course

class

lab

Clinic

work Exp.

credit

ASL 211 Intermediate ASL I

3

0

0

0

3

ASL 212 Intermediate ASL II

3

0

0

0

3

ASL 281 ASL Lab 

0

2

0

0

1

ASL 282 ASL Lab 4

0

2

0

0

1

ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry

3

0

0

0

3

IPP 130 Analytical Skills for Int

1

4

0

0

3

IPP 152 ASL/English Translation

3

0

0

0

3

 Summer Term (14-15 Credits)

course

class

lab

Clinic

work Exp.

credit

ASL 221 Advanced ASL I

3

0

0

0

3

ASL 250 Linguistics of ASL

3

0

0

0

3

MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy
or
MAT 152 Statistical Methods I

2
or
3

2

0

0

3
or
4

IPP 161 Consecutive Interpreting

2

6

0

0

5

Fall Semester  (14 Credits)

course

class

lab

Clinic

work Exp.

credit

ASL 222 Advanced ASL II

3

0

0

0

3

ASL 252 ASL Classifiers

0

2

0

0

1

ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Discipl
or
ENG 114 Prof. Research and Reporting

3

0

0

0

3

IPP 221 Simultaneous Interpreting I

2

6

0

0

5

Spring Semester (13 Credits)

course

class

lab

Clinic

work Exp.

credit

IPP 222 Simultaneous Interpret II

2

6

0

0

5

WBL 111 Work-Based Learning I

0

0

0

10

1

WBL 115 Work-Based Learning Seminar

1

0

0

0

1

**3 Credits must be selected from the list of Social/Behavioral Science Elective at the bottom of the page

**3 Credits must be selected from the list of Humanities Elective at the bottom of the page

**Humanities Electives

The following listings for Humanities Electives apply to Associate in Applied Science degree-seeking students. These electives should be carefully selected with the faculty advisor to ensure proper credit. Some programs of study have specific courses that meet the humanities elective requirement. ASL, foreign language, and public speaking courses cannot count as the sole humanities course in an associate in applied science program.

  • ART 111 Art Appreciation

  • ART 114 Art History Survey I

  • ART 115 Art History Survey II

  • DRA 111 Theatre Appreciation

  • DRA 112 Literature of the Theatre

  • DRA 211 Theatre History I

  • ENG 231 American Literature I

  • ENG 232 American Literature II

  • ENG 241 British Literature I

  • ENG 242 British Literature II

  • ENG 262 World Literature II

  • HUM 123 Appalachian Culture

  • HUM 160 Introduction to film

  • MUS 110 Music Appreciation

  • PHI 210 History of Philosophy

  • PHI 240 Introduction to Ethics

  • REL 110 World Religions

  • REL 211 Intro to Old Testament

  • REL 212 Intro to New Testament

  • REL 221 Religion in America

**Social/Behavioral Science Electives

The following listing for Social/Behavioral Science Electives applies to Associate in Applied Science degree seeking students. These electives should be carefully selected with the faculty advisor to ensure proper credit. Some programs of study have specific courses that meet the social/behavioral science elective requirement.

  • ANT 210 General Anthropology

  • ECO 251 Principles of Microeconomics

  • ECO 252 Principles of Macroeconomics

  • GEO 111 World Regional Geography

  • HIS 111 World Civilizations I

  • HIS 112 World Civilizations II

  • HIS 131 American History I

  • HIS 132 American History II

  • POL 120 American Government

  • POL 130 State and Local Government

  • PSY 150 General Psychology

  • PSY 237 Social Psychology

  • PSY 241 Developmental Psychology

  • PSY 281 Abnormal Psychology

  • SOC 210 Introduction to Sociology

  • SOC 213 Sociology of the Family

  • SOC 220 Social Problems

Total Semester Credit Hours in Program: 71-22