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American Sign Language

Minor in American Sign Language

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.

A minor in American Sign Language/English Interpreting (ASL) requires satisfactory completion of the following requirements:

  • completion of properly distributed credit hour requirements for the baccalaureate degree in effect when the student was admitted to their home school,
  • completion of 15 credit hours, with a minimum grade of C in each course,
  • all course work must be above the 200 level or above,
  • 6 credits must be completed at IUPUI,
  • to declare the minor, complete the School of Liberal Arts online declaration form: https://liberalarts.iupui.edu/admissions/update-major-form.html

Minor Requirements:

Students choose 15 credits from the following list (with the prerequisite of finishing the first and second year of ASL or having reached the same language proficiency level). Courses are all 3 credit hours:

  • ASL-A 215: Advanced Fingerspelling and Numbering Systems in ASL
  • ASL-A 219: The History and Culture of the American Deaf Community
  • ASL-A 221: Linguistics of ASL
  • ASL-A 311: Third Year ASL 1
  • ASL-A 312: Third Year ASL 2
  • ASL-I 250: Introduction to Interpreting
  • ASL-I 303: ASL for Interpreters
  • ASL-I 305: Text Analysis
  • ASL-I 361: Theory and Processing 1
  • ASL-I 363: Theory and Processing 2
  • ASL-I 365: Theory and Processing 3
  • ASL-I 409: Special Topics in Interpreting
  • ASL-L 340: Interpreting Discourse: ASL to English
  • ASL-L 342: Interpreting Discourse: English to ASL

Other courses may be acceptable with the consultation and approval of the director of the program.