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Why is there an Interpreting Degree?

The creation of the Interpreting option is directly related to a study done in 1992 that showed that 13,000 interpreters working in the field did not have Bachelor's or even Associate of Arts degrees (Stewart, Schein & Cartwright, 1998, p. 151). At that time, it was the opinion of Lavasque (1992, p. 2) that a "…professional implies someone with a degree, at least a Bachelor's degree. A professional brings more than just training in his field. He brings a general education as well as the maturity of a college graduate." While recognizing the contributions of all interpreters, it is the goal of the interpreting option to graduate interpreters who meet not only the demands of the major but who meet the comprehensive general education requirements of the University as well.

What kind of curriculum?

The interpreting option gives students an in-depth knowledge of two languages and cultures. The curriculum has been designed to provide the subject knowledge and terminology of the interpreting assignment which may include medical, legal and commercial terminology. The program is designed according to the Conference of Interpreter Trainers (CIT) standards. The interpreting option prepares students to be able to fulfill National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf (RID) certification NIC standards and requirements. The Department also serves as a resource center and source for continuing educational opportunities for interpreters and graduates in the community.

What classes do I need to take to major in Sign Language Interpreting?

Students interested in sign language and interpreting skills pursue the "Interpreting" option that culminates in a Bachelor's Degree. This undergraduate background can lead to graduate study or employment in fields such as interpreting, social work, rehabilitation counseling, and other human service fields.

In order to qualify for the Bachelor's degree in our Interpreting option, successful completion of the courses in the major will be required.

Contact Dr. Bryan Berrett to discuss Interpreting major.