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SFCC Catalog 2019-2020 
SFCC Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

American Sign Language Interpreter Preparation, A.A.S.

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CIP: 16.1603
School of Liberal Arts, (505) 428-1370

The Associate in Applied science in American Sign Language Interpreter Preparation (ASL IP) is designed to graduate highly qualified entry-level interpreters for community or educational settings. The interpreter preparation program further develops students’ existing ASL skills while adding extensive knowledge of Deaf culture as well as a broad understanding of the scope and types of interpreting environments that are available to Deaf persons. The competencies developed over the course of the program allow students to provide interpreting services in a range of low-risk settings with professional autonomy. Additionally, the program prepares students to take nationally recognized interpreter exams once they are qualified to sit for these tests. Upon graduation, the student will be work-ready and can confidently approach professional credentials within a year. Prerequisites for admission to the program include AMSL 1130 and a minimum of AMSL 2120 skill-level proficiency or equivalent. Working interpreters who are fluent and seek to further their proficiency in American Sign Language or ASL interpreting may register for some courses with the department’s permission. It is recommended that degree students select their courses and program plan in consultation with an American Sign Language/Interpreter Preparation advisor.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of and respect for the language, culture, and history of Deaf people in interactions with members of the Deaf community.
  • Perform proficient entry-level American Sign Language interpretation in a variety of settings.
  • Demonstrate the ability to create and maintain professional relationships and appropriate cultural sensitivities with various members of the Deaf community, including professional interpreters and interpreter agencies through effective interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills.
  • Demonstrate adherence to the code of professional conduct for American Sign Language interpreters.
  • Apply critical-thinking skills to assess the potential demands of interpreting situations and construct appropriate responses to mitigate those demands.

General Education Requirements: (20 Credits)

Mathematics (3 Credits)

Laboratory Science (4 Credits)

Social/Behavioral Sciences or Creative and Fine Arts (3 Credits)

Humanities (3 Credits)

Health and Wellness (1 Credit)

Total 63 Credits Min.

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