ASL and English Interpretation, Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
The goal of the ASL-English Interpretation Major is to prepare professional interpreters who are competent, ethical, and life-long learners.
The objectives (or outcomes) of this program are:
- Students of the program will develop critical and creative thinking skills.
- Students of the program will develop competency in ASL.
- Students of the program will develop competency in English.
- Students of the program will possess a generalist level of knowledge in professional issues, theories, and multicultural dynamics related to the interpreting profession.
- Students of the program will demonstrate ethical and culturally competent decision-making in various interpreter settings.
- Students of the program will demonstrate at least entry-level competency in interpreting between ASL and English.
- Students of the program will be able to critically assess their own work and use creative problem-solving to continually develop themselves after they leave the program.
- Overall GPA of 2.5 or higher by the end of the semester preceding application, and
- ASL 106 ASL Discourse & Depiction II with a grade of “Satisfactory”, and
- ASL 201 American Sign Language III and ASL 202 American Sign Language IV with a grade of “B” or higher, and ITP 215 Prof. Issues in Interpreting and ITP 220 Processing Skills for Interpreters with a grade of “C” or higher and
- Completed the Degrees of Reading Power Language Test, and
- Completed an admission interview by the ITP Interview Committee.
The ASL & English Interpretation (ITP) Interview Committee will select and rank applicants using the following criteria:
- signing skills,
- score on the Degree of Reading Power Language Test,
- interview score,
- disposition score.
The ITP Interview Committee will determine the number of students admitted to the program in order to maintain an appropriate student-faculty ratio and based on available resources.
- Enrollment is limited.
- Application for full admission to the ITP does not guarantee acceptance.
- The ITP accepts students for the fall semester of all even years (i.e., 2022, 2024, etc.). The deadline for application is March 15th every even year. Special Note: For first-year students entering EKU during the fall semester of odd-numbered years, it may take 5 years to complete the program due to course prerequisites and limited course offerings, unless a student is able to transfer courses, pass credit by examinations, and/or enroll in summer classes prior to the first fall semester of the odd-numbered year.
Progression and Retention in the Program
- A grade of “C” or higher is required for all ITP and lecture-based ASL courses (ASL 225 Introduction to Deaf Studies, ASL 325 Historical & Current Perspectives of Deaf Ways of Being, ASL 390 Contrastive Analysis: ASL and English, ASL 425 Deaf Literature), and
- A grade of “B” or higher is required (with the exception of no more than one grade of “C”) for all skill-based ASL courses (ASL 301 American Sign Language V, ASL 302 American Sign Language VI, ASL 305 ASL Comprehension and Fluency I, ASL 306 ASL Comprehension and Fluency II), and
- Maintain a 2.75 GPA in the major
- Upon successful and timely completion of ITP 470 Practicum in Interpreting I, a student will be permitted to take ITP 495 Practicum in Interpreting II only with written recommendations from the ITP faculty and the department.
CIP Code: 16.1603
Summary Checklist for General Education
|A: Written Communication||3|
|B: Written Communication||3|
|C: Oral Communication||3|
|A: Historical Science||3|
|B: Social Behavioral Science||3|
|Diversity of Perspectives Experiences||6|
Students are expected to complete Elements 1 and 2 within their first 60 hours of college credit.
|University Graduation Requirements|
|General Education (hours share with supporting courses)||36|
|Student Success Seminar|
|EDO 100||Student Success Seminar (waived for transfers with 30+ hrs.)||1|
|Upper division courses (42 hrs. distributed throughout Major/Supporting/Gen Ed/Free Electives categories)|
|Prior to graduation, students are required to take the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI:ASL) or the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) with scores submitted to the department. Administrators of the SLPI: ASL or ASLPI may charge testing fees to students.|
|ASL 101||American Sign Language I 1||3|
|ASL 102||American Sign Language II 1||3|
|ASL 105||ASL Discourse & Depiction I||1|
|ASL 106||ASL Discourse & Depiction II||3|
|ASL 201||American Sign Language III||3|
|ASL 202||American Sign Language IV||3|
|ASL 205||ASL Discourse & Depiction III||2|
|ASL 225||Introduction to Deaf Studies||3|
|ASL 301||American Sign Language V||3|
|ASL 302||American Sign Language VI||3|
|ASL 305||ASL Comprehension and Fluency I||3|
|ASL 306||ASL Comprehension and Fluency II||3|
|ASL 325||Historical & Current Perspectives of Deaf Ways of Being||3|
|ASL 390||Contrastive Analysis: ASL and English||3|
|ASL 401||American Sign Language VII||3|
|ASL 425||Deaf Literature||3|
|ITP 215||Prof. Issues in Interpreting||3|
|ITP 220||Processing Skills for Interpreters||3|
|ITP 310||Professional Decision Making||3|
|ITP 320||English-to-ASL Interpreting I||3|
|ITP 325||ASL-to-English Interpreting I||3|
|ITP 340||Interactive Interpreting I||3|
|ITP 420||English-to-ASL Interpreting II||3|
|ITP 425||ASL-to- English interpreting II||3|
|ITP 440||Interactive Interpreting II||3|
|ITP 470||Practicum in Interpreting I||3|
|ITP 495||Practicum in Interpreting II||12|
|Supporting Course Requirements|
|SJS 101||Understanding Social Justice and Human Struggle||3|
|Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Element 5B) G|
Course also satisfies a General Education element. Hours are included within the 36 hr. General Education requirement above.
Note: ASL 101 American Sign Language I & ASL 102 American Sign Language II are major core courses and will not count toward Gen. Ed. Element 6. Therefore ASL & English Interpretation majors are expected to fulfill Element 6 with courses other than ASL 101 American Sign Language I & ASL 102 American Sign Language II.