ASL-English Interpretation bachelor of science degree

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Overview

Seamlessly facilitate communication and interaction between deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing people in educational, medical, and community settings.


On-the-job responsibilities

The ASL-English interpretation major 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 find work in a variety of settings, including elementary, secondary, and post-secondary educational institutions; community service organizations; hospitals and clinics; vocational rehabilitation agencies; business and 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

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 equivalent to ASL 1.

Either 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.

Industries


  • K-12 Education

  • Non-Profit

  • Other Education

  • Higher Education

  • Government (Local, State, Federal)

  • Health Care

Curriculum

ASL-English interpretation, BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
INTP-125
American Sign Language II
This course expands the basic principles presented in ASL I. ASL II teaches students to use linguistics features, cultural protocols and core vocabulary to function in basic ASL conversations that include ASL grammar for giving directions, describing, making request, talking about family, occupations and routines, and attributing qualities to others. To progress to the next course in the series (INTP-126), students must complete the course with a minimum grade of C.
4
INTP-126
American Sign Language III
This course builds upon information taught in ASL I-II and introduces expanded grammatical features of ASL and specialized vocabulary, while continuing to increase fingerspelling and numbers receptive and expressive skills. In addition, some basic features of ASL discourse are taught in organizing and explaining contextual information. To progress to the next course in the series (INTP-225), students must complete the course with a minimum grade of C.
4
ACSC-010
Year One
The Year One class serves as an interdisciplinary catalyst for first-year students to access campus resources, services and opportunities that promote self-knowledge, personal success, leadership development, social responsibility and life academic skills awareness and application. Year One is also designed to challenge and encourage first-year students to get to know one another, build relationships and help them become an integral part of the campus community.
0
 
First Year LAS Elective
3
 
LAS Perspective 1 (ethical)
3
 
LAS Perspective 2 (artistic)
3
 
LAS Perspective 3 (global)
3
 
LAS Perspective 4 (social)
3
 
LAS Perspective 7A (mathematical)
3
 
LAS Perspective 7B (mathematical)
3
 
First Year Writing
3
 
Wellness Education*
0
Second Year
INTP-210
Introduction to the Field of Interpreting
This survey course is the introduction to the profession of sign language interpreting, with a focus on the role, function, and responsibilities of an interpreter. Information about the history of the profession, professional organizations, and settings where interpreters work is presented. Additional topics include the function of assessing as part of the interpreting process, with a focus on Demand/Control Schema. To progress to INTP-220 students must complete course with a minimum grade of C.
3
INTP-225
American Sign Language IV
This course builds upon information taught in ASL I-III. Students continue learning and using ASL vocabulary, grammatical principles and various intermediate-level discourse features in narratives and presentations in ASL. Students analyze multiple meaning English words and English idioms to express concepts in ASL. Issues related to Deaf culture continue to be introduced based on unit topics. To progress to the next courses in the series (INTP-215, INTP-220 and INTP-226), students must complete the course with a minimum grade of C.
3
INTP-215
Processing Skills Development
This course is an introduction to the mental processing skills (pre-interpreting skills) of consecutive and simultaneous interpretation. This course includes an overview of the theoretical models of interpretation, provides skill development activities for isolated interpreting sub-tasks and practice activities for the integration of these tasks in translation and consecutive interpreting activities. Course content includes interpreting theory, message analysis, text analysis, visualization, listening and comprehension, shadowing, paraphrasing, dual task training, text analysis. To progress to (INTP-310) students must complete the course with a grade of C or better.
3
INTP-220
Discourse Analysis
This course presents an introductory look at the interpreter as a bicultural/bilingual mediator, at the center of communicative activity. The interpreter's success requires the analysis of how communication (spoken, written, signed) is structured so that it is socially appropriate and linguistically accurate. This course includes an introduction to significant linguistic features and the analysis of conversational exchanges in English and ASL, focusing on the practical application of analyzing discourse.
3
INTP-226
American Sign Language V
This course builds upon information taught in ASL VI. Students continue learning and using ASL vocabulary, grammatical principles and various intermediate-level discourse features in narratives and presentations in ASL. Students continue to analyze multiple meaning English words and English idioms to express concepts in ASL. Issues related to Deaf culture continue to be introduced based on unit topics. To progress to the next courses in the series (INTP-325 and INTP-310), students must complete the course with a minimum grade of C).
3
MLAS-351
Linguistics of ASL
Students in this course will be introduced to the study of American Sign Language in terms of its linguistic structure and use. In particular, students will learn to analyze the basic features of ASL phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics/discourse In addition, research related to variation in ASL and acquisition of ASL will also be reviewed. Instruction is in ASL (an interpreter will not be provided).
3
 
Deaf Cultural Studies Elective
3
 
LAS Elective
3
 
LAS Perspective 5‡ (natural science inquiry)
4
 
LAS Perspective 6 (global)
3
Third Year
INTP-310
Interpreting I
This course introduces the English to ASL and ASL to English interpreting process with a focus on text analysis and consecutive production of an equivalent message in the target language. Compression and expansion strategies are introduced. Students develop interpreting management strategies and diagnostic assessment skills. Students will interpret inquiry and narrative texts in monologue and dialogue formats. Warm-up exercises will be performed as part of the self-care regimen recommended for sign language interpreters. To progress to INTP-335 Interpreting II: English to ASL and INTP-336 Interpreting II: ASL to English, students must complete this course with a minimum grade of C.
3
INTP-325
American Sign Language VI
This course builds upon information taught in ASL I-V. Students continue learning and using ASL vocabulary, grammatical principles and various advanced-level discourse features in narratives and presentations in ASL. Students analyze different components in storytelling. ASL Literature will be introduced in this level. Students identify controversial issues in various works of ASL Literature. To progress to the next courses in the series (INTP-326, INTP-335 and INTP-336) students must complete courses with minimum grades of C.
3
INTP-315
Practical and Ethical Applications
This course presents the underlying principles of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Code of Professional Conduct and applies the Code to the various situations and settings. Students will explore how professional interpreters apply these principles in their daily work and how consumers perceive the ethical role and function of interpreters. In addition, etiquette and protocol for each setting will be discussed. Settings include: K-12, post-secondary, religious, healthcare, mental health, deaf-blind, performing arts, and business and industry. To progress to INTP-350 Practicum and Seminar I, students must complete course with a minimum grade of C.
3
INTP-326
American Sign Language VII
This course builds upon information taught in ASL I-VI. This is the last series of ASL courses. Students continue learning and using ASL vocabulary, grammatical principles and various advanced-level discourse features in debate and public speaking in ASL. Students analyze different components in debate and public speaking. Students identify and discuss various controversial issues via debate and presentation. To progress to next courses in the sequence (INTP-435 and INTP-436) students must complete course with a minimum grade of C.
3
INTP-335
Interpreting II: English to ASL
Students develop the ability to produce an equivalent simultaneous ASL message from a spoken English source message. This course integrates inquiry and expository texts in both dialogic and monologic formats. Specific discipline areas include healthcare, employment and finance. Students will continue to develop text analysis skills applying them to simultaneous interpreting. Biomechanics and self-care issues will be discussed. To progress to the next courses in the sequence (INTP-350 and INTP-435) students must complete courses with a minimum grade of C.
3
INTP-336
Interpreting II: ASL to English
Students will develop the ability to produce an equivalent English message from ASL source messages. This course integrates inquiry and expository texts in both dialogic and monologic formats. Specific content areas include healthcare, employment and finances. Students continue to develop text analysis skills, applying them to simultaneous interpreting. To progress to the next courses in the sequence (INTP-350 and INTP-436 ) students must complete courses with minimum grades of C.
3
 
Professional/Technical Elective
3
 
LAS Immersion 1
3
 
LAS Elective
3
 
Free Elective
3
Fourth Year
INTP-350
Practicum and Seminar I
The student experiences a practicum placement under the immediate supervision of a professional interpreter, who functions as the student's mentor, and the seminar instructor who functions as the students' supervising instructor. The practicum will involve such activities as: observing the mentor and a variety of other interpreters at work; preparing videotapes for mentor critique; interpreting under the supervision of the mentor; and meeting weekly with the mentor to discuss the practicum experience. Additionally, practicum students will meet together, weekly, to share observations and experiences gained from the practicum placement. Class discussions focus on language issues in interpretation, application of the Code of Professional Conduct, situational concerns and protocols, and problem solving related to D-C Schema. Course requires a minimum of 135 hours of field experiences. Students must complete this course with a minimum grade of C. (For students completing the AAS degree permission of the instructor, cumulative GPA 2.5 and in good standing; INTP-315 Practical and Ethical Applications with a minimum grade of C. Co-requisite: INTP-335 Interpreting II and INTP-336 Interpreting II: ASL to English) (For students completing the BS degree permission of the instructor, cumulative GPA 2.5 and in good standing; INTP-315 Practical and Ethical Applications, INTP-335 Interpreting II: English to ASL and INTP-336 Interpreting II: ASL to English with minimum grades of C)
3
INTP-435
Interpreting III: English to ASL
In this course students advance their skills in simultaneously producing equivalent ASL messages from spoken English source messages. Monologic, expository texts on specific topic areas will be the focus of this course. The bulk of the interpretation work in this course will take place utilizing actual speakers and audience members. Students will continue to develop their English vocabulary, ASL vocabulary, interpreting analysis skills, develop team interpreting skills and increase stamina. To progress to the next course in the sequence (INTP-450) students must complete course with a minimum grade of C.
3
INTP-436
Interpreting III: ASL to English
In this course students advance their skills in simultaneously producing equivalent spoken English messages from ASL source messages. Monologic, expository texts on specific topic areas will be the focus of this course. Students will continue to develop their English vocabulary, ASL vocabulary, interpreting analysis skills, develop team interpreting skills and increase stamina. To progress to the next course in the sequence (INTP-450) students must complete course with a minimum grade of C.
3
INTP-440
Interpreting IV: Adapting to Diverse Consumers
This course introduces the skill of transliterating simultaneously from a spoken English message into an equivalent signed message incorporating an appropriate combination of ASL and English features. The focus of the course will be the analysis of the macro- and microstructures of the source language and the production of a target language this is sensitive to contact language situations. Topics include language variation within the deaf community, role and function of a designated interpreter, the features and process of transliteration and transliteration skill development including work with frozen texts.
3
INTP-450
Practicum and Seminar II
This course is a continuation of the field experience for interpreting students. This course provides the student with in-depth experiential education under the supervision of a professional interpreter who functions as the student's mentor. The 15-week practicum consists of a minimum of 135 hours and will focus on gaining experience interpreting. The student may select a practicum placement in the post-secondary, K-12, or community setting. Additionally, students will meet two hours weekly in seminar, with other practicum students, to share observations and experiences gained from the practicum placement. Seminar discussions will focus on advanced language issues in interpretation, application of professional and business ethics, situational concerns and problem solving. The seminar instructor will be the practicum student's supervising instructor. Course requires a minimum of 135 hours of field experiences. Students must complete this course with a minimum grade of C.
3
INTP-460
Issues in Interpreting (WI)
This course offers students an opportunity to integrate content areas in the curriculum through the examination and discussion of issues in the field of interpreting. While the course content and focus will vary depending on current issues and student interest, it will direct attention toward an important issue facing the interpreting profession and will provide an advanced experience of problem solving and value clarification. Students will develop and demonstrate their ability to define a research topic, gather and evaluate scholarly evidence, and present their findings in a paper and presentation.
3
 
Free Elective
3
 
Professional/Technical Elective
3
 
LAS Immersion 2 (artistic)
3
 
LAS Immersion 3 (global)
3
Total Semester Credit Hours
123

(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 different Wellness courses.

‡ 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)

Admission Requirements

Freshman Admission

For all bachelor’s degree programs, a strong performance in a college preparatory program is expected. Generally, this includes 4 years of English, 3-4 years of mathematics, 2-3 years of science, and 3 years of social studies and/or history.

Specific math and science requirements and other recommendations

  • 3 years of math required
  • 2 years of a foreign language recommended
  • Must demonstrate beginning ASL competency

Transfer Admission

Transfer course recommendations without associate degree

Transfer requirements vary by program

Appropriate associate degree programs for transfer

Transfer requirements vary by program. Please contact NTID Department of Admissions, 585-475-6700, toll free in the U.S. and Canada at 866-644-6843, or by videophone at 585-743-1366.

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