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ASL-English Interpretation BS

Semester Requirements

Kim Brown Kurz, Chairperson
(585) 286-5511 (VP), kbknss@rit.edu

http://www.rit.edu/NTID/aslie

Program overview

On-the-job responsibilities

The BS degree program in ASL-English interpretation prepares sign language interpreters for work in settings where deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing people interact and communicate. This degree allows students to develop foundation skills for general interpreting, with opportunities to explore specialized fields such as those in educational and medical settings, and/or community interpreting.

Places of employment

Graduates will find work in a variety of settings, including elementary, secondary, and post-secondary educational institutions; community service organizations; hospitals or clinics; vocational rehabilitation agencies; business/industry; and government agencies.

Admission requirements

In addition to RIT’s general admissions procedures, the ASL-English interpretation program requires applicants to complete admission materials from the NTID Admissions Office.

Academic preparation

Applicants are required to have at least a high school diploma or equivalent. High school preparation should include a college preparatory program with a minimum of four years of English (with a minimum of a B average), three years of science and mathematics, and two years of a foreign language.

Applicants must demonstrate beginning ASL competency.

The middle 50 percent of accepted NTID applicants possess SAT scores of 1530-1940. Equivalent ACT composite scores are 22-29. Both SAT and ACT tests may be submitted.

For those applicants who have had college experience, college transcripts should document a GPA of 3.0 or better, with evidence of very good performance in English courses. A writing sample will be judged on vocabulary, grammar, structure, style, and creativity.

To succeed in this program, students must be able to understand a speaker who is behind them; understand a speaker who is far away; focus on what a speaker is saying in a noisy room; and understand recorded voices through headphones. To see a list of the major skills and abilities needed to study sign language interpreting, please visit the section “Is Interpreting the Career for Me?” on our website.

Curriculum

ASL-English interpretation, BS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
INTP-125 American Sign Language II 4
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† 3
  LAS Perspective 1, 2, 3, 4, 7A, 7B 18
INTP-126 American Sign Language III 4
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
INTP-210 Introduction to the Field of Interpreting 3
INTP-225 American Sign Language IV 3
  Deaf Cultural Studies Elective 3
  LAS Elective 3
  LAS Perspective 5‡, 6 7
INTP-215 Processing Skills Development 3
INTP-220 Discourse Analysis 3
INTP-226 American Sign Language V 3
  Deaf Cultural Studies Elective 3
Third Year
INTP-310 Interpreting I 3
INTP-325 American Sign Language VI 3
INTP-315 Practical and Ethical Applications 3
  LAS Elective 3
  Free Elective 3
INTP-326 American Sign Language VII 3
INTP-335 Interpreting II: English to ASL 3
INTP-336 Interpreting II: ASL to English 3
  Professional/Technical Elective 3
  LAS Immersion 1 3
Fourth Year
INTP-350 Practicum and Seminar I 3
INTP-435 Interpreting III: English to ASL 3
INTP-436 Interpreting III: ASL to English 3
  Professional/Technical Elective 3
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
INTP-440 Transliteration 3
INTP-450 Practicum and Seminar II 3
INTP-460 Issues in Interpreting (WI) 3
  Free Elective 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 123

Please see General Education Curriculum-Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) refers to writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.

† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2013-14 academic year.

‡ Students will satisfy this requirement by taking a 4-credit hour lab science course. Students may select one of the lab science courses listed below to fulfill this requirement. Both the lecture and the laboratory sections must be taken. Human Biology I (MEDG-101) and Human Biology Lab 1 (MEDG-103), Human Biology II (MEDG-102) and Human Biology Lab II (MEDG-104), Field Biology (BIOG-110), General Biology I (BIOL-101) and General Biology Lab I (BIOL-103), General Biology II (BIOL-102) and General Biology Lab II (BIOL-104), Introductory Biology I (BIOL-121), Introductory Biology II (BIOL-122), General-Organic-Biochemistry I (CHMG-111), College Physics I (PHYS-111), College Physics II (PHYS-112)

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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Program overview

On-the-job responsibilities

The BS degree program in ASL-English interpretation prepares sign language interpreters for work in settings where deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing people interact and communicate. This degree allows students to develop foundation skills for general interpreting, with opportunities to explore specialized fields such as those in educational and medical settings, and/or community interpreting.

Places of employment

Graduates will find work in a variety of settings, including elementary, secondary, and post-secondary educational institutions; community service organizations; hospitals or clinics; vocational rehabilitation agencies; business/industry; and government agencies.

Admission requirements

In addition to RIT’s general admissions procedures, the ASL-English interpretation program requires applicants to complete admission materials from the NTID Admissions Office.

Academic preparation

Applicants are required to have at least a high school diploma or equivalent. High school preparation should include a college preparatory program with a minimum of four years of English (with a minimum of a B average), three years of science and mathematics, and two years of a foreign language.

Applicants must demonstrate beginning ASL competency.

The middle 50 percent of accepted NTID applicants possess SAT scores of 1530-1940. Equivalent ACT composite scores are 22-29. Both SAT and ACT tests may be submitted.

For those applicants who have had college experience, college transcripts should document a GPA of 3.0 or better, with evidence of very good performance in English courses. A writing sample will be judged on vocabulary, grammar, structure, style, and creativity.

To succeed in this program, students must be able to understand a speaker who is behind them; understand a speaker who is far away; focus on what a speaker is saying in a noisy room; and understand recorded voices through headphones. To see a list of the major skills and abilities needed to study sign language interpreting, please visit the section “Is Interpreting the Career for Me?” on our website.

Curriculum

Semester conversion
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their academic advisers with questions regarding planning and course selection.

ASL-English interpretation, BS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
0875-201, 202, 203 American Sign Language I, II, III 12
1105-051, 052 First-Year Enrichment I, II 2
  Mathematics/Science† 12
  Liberal Arts* 20
  General Education Elective 4
Second Year
0875-301, 302, 303 American Sign Language IV, V, VI 12
0875-213 Introduction to the Field of Interpreting 4
  Mathematics/Science† 8
  General Education Electives 12
  Liberal Arts* 4
0875-311 Processing Skills Development 4
0875-212 Deaf Culture and Community 4
  Wellness Education‡ 0
Third Year
0875-315, 325 English to ASL Interpreting I, II 8
0875-316, 326 ASL to English Interpreting I, II 8
  Liberal Arts Concentration 12
0875-320 Practical and Ethical Applications 4
0875-400 Interactive Interpreting 4
  General Education Electives 4
  Interpreting Electives 8
  Wellness Education‡ 0
Fourth Year
0875-501 English to ASL Interpreting III 4
0875-502 ASL to English Interpreting III 4
  Free Electives 12
0875-350, 510 Practicum and Seminar I, II 8
0875-520 Issues in Interpreting 4
  General Education Electives 6
Total Quarter Credit Hours 184

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

† Please see the Mathematics and Science General Education Curriculum for more information.

‡ Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

ASL-English interpretation, BS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
INTP-125 American Sign Language II 4
  LAS Foundation 1: First-Year Seminar 3
  LAS Perspective 1, 2, 3, 4, 7A, 7B 18
INTP-126 American Sign Language III 4
ENGL-150 LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
INTP-210 Introduction to the Field of Interpreting 3
INTP-225 American Sign Language IV 3
  Deaf Cultural Studies Elective 3
  LAS Elective 3
  LAS Perspective 5†, 6 7
INTP-215 Processing Skills Development 3
INTP-220 Discourse Analysis 3
INTP-226 American Sign Language V 3
  Deaf Cultural Studies Elective 3
Third Year
INTP-325 American Sign Language VI 3
INTP-310 Interpreting I 3
INTP-315 Practical and Ethical Applications 3
  LAS Elective 3
  Free Elective 3
INTP-326 American Sign Language VII 3
INTP-335 Interpreting II: English to ASL 3
INTP-336 Interpreting II: ASL to English 3
  Professional/Technical Elective 3
  LAS Immersion 1 3
Fourth Year
INTP-435 Interpreting III: English to ASL 3
INTP-436 Interpreting III: ASL to English 3
INTP-350 Practicum and Seminar I 3
  Professional/Technical Elective 3
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
INTP-440 Transliteration 3
INTP-450 Practicum and Seminar II 3
INTP-460 Issues in Interpreting (WI) 3
  Free Elective 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 123

Please see New NTID General Education Curriculum-Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) refers to writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

† Students will satisfy this requirement by taking a 4-credit hour lab science course. Students may select one of the lab science courses listed below to fulfill this requirement. Both the lecture and the laboratory sections must be taken. Human Biology I (BIOG-101) and Human Biology Lab 1 (BIOG-103), Human Biology II (BIOG-102) and Human Biology Lab II (BIOG-104), Field Biology (BIOG-110), General Biology I (BIOL-101) and General Biology Lab I (BIOL-103), General Biology II (BIOL-102) and General Biology Lab II (BIOL-104), Introductory Biology I (BIOL-121), Introductory Biology II (BIOL-122), General-Organic-Biochemistry I (CHMG-III), College Physics I (PHYS-111), College Physics II (PHYS-112)