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ASL-English Interpretation AAS

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

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

Program overview

On-the-job responsibilities

The ASL-English interpretation major prepares entry-level sign language interpreters for work in settings where deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing people interact and communicate. The degree allows students to develop foundation skills.

Places of employment

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

Admission requirements

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

Academic preparation

Direct entry to the associate degree option is available for students who demonstrate proficiency at the ASL III (INTP-126) level and are ready to enter ASL IV (INTP-225) (see course descriptions). It is strongly recommended that applicants possess a BS degree. (Note: Candidates for national interpreter certification must possess a baccalaureate degree.) 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 major, 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, AS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
INTP-210 Introduction to the Field of Interpreting 3
INTP-225 American Sign Language IV 3
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† 3
  LAS Perspective 1, 2, 3 9
INTP-215 Processing Skills Development 3
INTP-220 Discourse Analysis 3
INTP-226 American Sign Language V 3
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
INTP-310 Interpreting I 3
INTP-315 Practical and Ethical Applications 3
INTP-325 American Sign Language VI 3
  LAS Perspective 4, 6 6
INTP-326 American Sign Language VII 3
INTP-335 Interpreting II: English to ASL 3
INTP-336 Interpreting II: ASL to English 3
INTP-350 Practicum and Seminar I 3
  LAS Elective: Mathematics 3

Total Semester Credit Hours

60

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

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing associate degrees are required to complete one Wellness course.

† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2014-15 academic year.

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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 program in ASL-English interpretation prepares entry-level sign language interpreters for work in settings where deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing people interact and communicate. The degree allows students to develop foundation skills.

Places of employment

Graduates will find entry work in a variety of settings, including elementary, secondary, and post-secondary educational institutions; community service organizations; 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

Direct entry to the associate degree option is available for students who demonstrate proficiency at the ASL III level (0875-203) and are ready to enter ASL IV (0875-301) (see course descriptions). It is strongly recommended that applicants possess a BS degree. (Note: Candidates for national interpreter certification must possess a baccalaureate degree.) 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, AAS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
0875-301, 302, 303 American Sign Language IV, V, VI 12
0875-213 Introduction to the Field of Interpreting 4
0875-300 Intermediate Fingerspelling and Number Skills Development 4
0875-311 Processing Skills Development 4
0875-212 Deaf Culture and Community 4
  Liberal Arts* 20
  Mathematics/Science‡ 8
1105-051, 052 First-Year Enrichment I, II 2
  Wellness Education† 0
Second Year
0875-316, 326 ASL to English Interpreting I, II 8
0875-315, 325 English to ASL Interpreting I, II 8
0875-320 Practical and Ethical Applications 4
0875-400 Interactive Interpreting 4
  Interpreting Elective 4
  Liberal Arts* 4
0875-350 Practicum Seminar I 4
Total Quarter Credit Hours 94

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

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

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

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

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
INTP-210 Introduction to the Field of Interpreting 3
INTP-225 American Sign Language IV 3
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar 3
  LAS Perspective 1, 2, 3 9
INTP-215 Processing Skills Development 3
INTP-220 Discourse Analysis 3
INTP-226 American Sign Language V 3
ENGL-150 LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
INTP-310 Interpreting I 3
INTP-315 Practical and Ethical Applications 3
INTP-325 American Sign Language VI 3
  LAS Perspective 4, 6 6
INTP-326 American Sign Language VII 3
INTP-335 Interpreting II: English to ASL 3
INTP-336 Interpreting II: ASL to English 3
INTP-350 Practicum and Seminar I 3
  LAS Elective: Mathematics 3

Total Semester Credit Hours

60

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

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.