The American Sign Language Interpreting for the Deaf (ASLID) program provides the unique opportunity for students to develop a solid foundation in language, linguistics, culture and interpretation and to master the skills necessary to successfully function as an interpreter for deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind individuals in a variety of educational and community settings. Students will gain rich insights into the American deaf community, their beliefs, values, history, rights and cultural norms. A grade of "C" or better is required in all ASL courses.
Demonstrate a minimum of entry-level competency in interpreting between ASL and English.
Develop skills in critical thinking, computer literacy, information literacy and values/citizenship/community.
Demonstrate knowledge of theoretical, ethical and practical foundations of the interpreting field necessary to pass the RID National Interpreter Certification (NIC) written exam.
Demonstrate competency in both American Sign Language and spoken and written English.
Apply knowledge and skills to function as cross-cultural mediators in order to transmit and transfer culturally based linguistic and nonlinguistic information.