Sign language interpreting

See also the major and minor in Deaf Studies.

Major in sign language interpreting

54 credit hours

  • Proficiency in ASL through ASL 201 (ASL 3) (variable credit)
  • ASL 202, ASL 44
  • ASL 307, ASL 54
  • ASL 320, Deaf History 3
  • INT 210, Introduction to Interpreting 3
  • INT 230, Technology for Interpreters 1
  • INT 301, Interpreting 14
  • INT 302, Interpreting 24
  • INT 320, Sign to Voice Interpreting 4
  • INT 401, Interpreting 34
  • INT 403, Medical Interpreting 4
  • INT 405, Transliterating 3
  • INT 407, Interpreting Ethics3
  • INT 409, Interpreting Internship 12
  • INT 410, Senior Seminar 1

Student learning outcomes

Graduates in sign language interpreting will:

  1. Identify and utilize multicultural approaches to the work of interpreting and demonstrate effective bilingual and bicultural practice within their work.
  2. Apply professional standards, practices, and ethics to their work.
  3. Analyze an interpreting situation to choose the appropriate language or communication method, manage the environment, and work with clients and team interpreters.
  4. Demonstrate an advanced level of receptive and expressive proficiency in spoken English, signed English, and American Sign Language.
  5. Effectively interpret and transliterate in dialogic one-on-one and small group settings with a variety of participants.
  6. Demonstrate skills necessary for interpreting or transliterating in entry level employment settings: a portfolio that includes a resume, video example, and documentation of 100 hours of supervised work experience.
  7. Document attendance at a minimum of six workshops in a portfolio for ongoing professional development.

Planning guide

First and second years Goshen Core
ASL 4 and 5
Introduction to Interpreting
Deaf History
Third year Goshen Core
Interpreting 1 and 2
Sign to Voice Interpreting
Interpreting Ethics
Technology for Interpreters
Fourth year Balance of Goshen Core
Interpreting 3
Medical Interpreting
Senior Seminar

Planning and advising notes

Students majoring in sign language interpreting are required to earn a grade of C or above in each course. Courses may be repeated only once to attempt a higher grade.

Recommended elective courses for sign language interpreting majors include: ASL 104 Deaf Culture; Bus 190 Personal Finance; Bus 230 Business Fundamentals; Int 310 Performance Interpreting; Int 380 The Deaf Community: Subcultures and Special Groups; Phil 203 RW Living Ethically; Thea 234 Acting I; and Thea 235 The Power of Story.