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Minimum credits Required: 61

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The Associate of Applied Science degree in American Sign Language Interpreting is designed to prepare students for licensure as interpreters for the deaf. This program is also designed to prepare students to sit for national exams of certification.


AGEC Requirements:  25 credits

*All AGEC coursework must be selected from the approved AGEC list.
Course Course Title Hours
Composition (6 credits)    
ENG 101 College Composition I 3
ENG 102 College Composition II 3
Mathematics (3 credits)    
MAT 140 or higher College Mathematics with Algebra Review (5) or higher 3
Arts/Humanities (6 credits)    
Two courses  Two courses 6
Social/Behavioral Sciences (3)    
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
Physical/Biological Sciences (4 credits)    
One course   4
Options (3-6)    
ASL 202 or any AGEC course to complete 25 credit hours. American Sign Language IV (4) or other course 3

Requirements for admission to program: 10 credits

 4th Semester Language Proficiency and completion or enrollment in the following 10 credit hours.

ASL 110 Intro to Deaf Studies 3
ASL 203 American Sign Language V 4
ITP 210

Introduction to Professional Interpreting and Ethics


Degree Core Requirements: 23 credits

Course Course Title Hours
ASL 211 Fingerspelling & Numbers 3
ITP 213 Consecutive Interpreting 4
ITP 214 Simultaneous Interpreting 4
ITP 215 Transliterating 3
ITP 216 Educational Interpreting 3
ITP 217 Interpreting Seminar 3
ITP 289 Internship I 3

Electives: 3 credits

Course Course Title Hours
The following electives are recommended.  Additional electives  may be selected with program coordinator approval.
AJS 101 Introduction to Administration of Justice 3
AHS 100 Introduction to Health Services 3
AHS 110 Health Care Ethics and Law 3
AHS 131 Medical Terminology 3
LDR 115 Workplace Ethics 1
PSY 240 Developmental Psychology 3
SPC 100 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
THR 101 Introduction to Theatre 3


The outcomes identified below define the knowledge and skill sets that graduates of this program will possess at the end of their program of study.


(used by permission from E. McCaffrey, American River College, CA 2007)


  • Discuss and apply knowledge of linguistic, cross-cultural and interpretation theories.
  • Demonstrate communicative competency in English and in ASL through effective communication in a variety of settings with speakers of varying age, gender, and ethnicity.
  • Analyze, identify and apply personal, professional and ethical decisions in a manner consistent with theoretical models and standard professional practice.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal competencies that foster effective communication and productive collaboration with colleagues, consumers and employers in an interpreting context.
  • Formulate effective interpretations both consecutively and simultaneously.
  • Develop an on-going professional action plan integrating interactions with D/deaf related organizations, connections with interpreter employers, and the implications of certification on the provision of interpreting.


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