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American Sign Language/English Interpreting

Certificate in American Sign Language/English Interpreting

Increasing numbers of Deaf people seek the communicative access that interpreters provide, and this access is mandated by legislators, yet there is a shortage of qualified interpreters nationally and locally. IUPUI’s American Sign Language (ASL)/ English Interpreting Program prepares students to become capable and flexible participants in the rewarding profession of interpreting. The ASL/ English Interpreting Program introduces students to the theory and practice of interpreting. It provides a strong foundation in language, culture, interpreting, and linguistics. Students develop their abilities in ASL and English, analyze features of ASL and English, discuss ethical issues, and perform guided practice with both simultaneous and consecutive interpreting. The combination of this background with a broad liberal arts education prepares students to enter the profession of interpreting, which serves diverse populations and encompasses a wide range of subjects and settings.

Admission to the Certificate program in American Sign Language/ English Interpreting (ASL) requires:

  • completion of a baccalaureate degree
  • a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher from baccalaureate degree
  • second year proficiency in American Sign or its equivalent (completion of ASL-A 212 at IUPUI)
  • successful completion of a screening process including proof of a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher from transcripts of all post-secondary schools, GPA of all ASL courses of 3.0 or higher and GPA all English courses of 3.0 or higher, a letter of intent, a video sample of ASL production skills and an interview with a committee that includes outside members of the Deaf and interpreting communities.

The Certificate program in American Sign Language/ English Interpreting (ASL) requires satisfactory completion of the following:

  • completion of a total of 36 credit hours, with a minimum grade of C in each course,
  • contact both the department (located in CA 502L) and the School Liberal Arts Student Affairs office (located in CA 401) to complete the necessary paperwork to officially declare the certificate

Enrollment in the interpreting classes is limited to students who have been admitted to the program or have received permission from the director.  All interested students should contact the Director of the program. 

Student Consumer Information About this Program:https://apps.usss.iu.edu/disclosures/index.cfm?plan=IN04.16.1601

The following course is recommended, but not required:

  • ASL-A 215: Advanced Fingerspell & Numbers in ASL (3 cr.)

Certificate Requirements:

  • ASL-A 219: Deaf Community History & Culture (3 credits)
  • ASL-A 221: Linguistics of American Sign Language (3 credits)
  • ASL-I 250: Introduction to Interpreting (3 credits)
  • ASL-I 305: Text Analysis (3 credits)
  • ASL-I 361: Theory and Process of Interpreting I (3 credits)
  • ASL-I 363: Theory and Process of Interpreting II (3 credits)
  • ASL-I 365: Theory and Process of Interpreting III (3 credits)
  • ASL-I 405: Practicum (6 credits)
  • ASL-L 340: Interpreting Discourse English to ASL (3 credits)
  • ASL-L 342: Interpreting Discourse ASL to English (3 credits)
  • ENG-Z 205: Introduction to the English Language (3 credits) or other linguistics courses approved by the Director of the ASL/English Interpreting Program

ASL/English Interpreting Courses