Offered on campus
The Certificate in American Sign Language / English Interpreting is designed for students who already possess a bachelor's degree. The certificate program consists of 11 core interpreting courses.
The program in American Sign Language / English Interpreting is designed to prepare students to become entry-level community interpreters who possess:
- Analytical skills.
- A wide breadth of knowledge.
- An ability to combine and synthesize the diverse and complex aspects of human language behavior in contemporary society.
Interpreting for people who do not speak a common language is a linguistic and social act of communication. An interpreter relays messages and manages the process of talking back-and-forth for two people who speak different languages. An interpreter’s role is an engaged one, aimed at an overall understanding of the entire communicative situation, requiring fluency in the languages, the ability to know how meaning is constructed, and skills in managing the cross-cultural flow of talk.