This program provides students with knowledge in the area of deafness and Deaf Culture, as well as skills in American Sign Language (ASL), other sign language systems, methods of interpreting/transliterating and ethical aspects of the interpreting field. The curriculum is divided into two areas of study - Advanced American Sign Language and Interpreter Training. Sign Language courses will provide the knowledge of ASL as a foreign language and English-based sign systems, while DIS courses provide the interpreting/transliterating skills necessary for students to seek K-12 state licensure upon graduation and National Interpreter Certification (NIC) after gaining experience working as an interpreter. Graduates of the program may work as an interpreter in a myriad of community-based settings, specializing in the areas of medicine, business, vocational, educational and/or a variety of other settings. Graduates would be employed either as a freelance provider or an agency employee. Other career opportunities include video relay interpreting (VRS) and K-12 educational interpreting.

This program is no longer accepting students. Students currently in the program have through Summer 2022 to complete this program.  If you are interested in a career in Deaf Interpreting, please see our Associate of Arts in American Sign Language program. 

This program is no longer accepting students.  If you are interested in a career in Deaf Interpreting, please see our Associate of Arts in American Sign Language program. 

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Interpret in American Sign Language (ASL).
  2. Transliterate in English-based sign systems.
  3. Speak as native English user while interpreting for a person who is deaf.
  4. Conduct yourself professionally and ethically according to the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Code of Professional Conduct.
  5. Be eligible for K-12 state licensure from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).
  6. Possess the foundational knowledge and skill-based tools for the NAD-RID National Interpreting Certification (NIC) and understand the process for taking the exam.

This program is no longer accepting students.  If you are interested in a career in Deaf Interpreting, please see our Associate of Arts in American Sign Language program. 

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ASL-1001 Fingerspelling 2
ASL-1100 Deaf Culture 3
DIS-1300 Interpreting Fundamentals 3
PHIL-1000 Critical Thinking 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
ASL-1030 Classifiers/Depicting Verbs 2
ASL-2412 Advanced American Sign Language I 4
Select one of the following: 3
Fundamentals of Speech Communication  
Honors Speech Communication  
DIS-1310 Interpreting I 2
THEA-1500 Acting I 3
 Credit Hours14
Summer Session
ASL-2420 Advanced American Sign Language II 4
DIS-2300 Transliterating 2
DIS-2310 Interpreting II 2
DIS-2320 Educational Interpreting 3
 Credit Hours11
Third Semester
DIS-1402 American Sign Language Linguistics 3
DIS-1740 Field Experience Lab I 1
DIS-1940 Field Experience I 1
DIS-1971 Field Experience Seminar I 1
DIS-2410 Voicing 2
EDUC-1011 Introduction to Education 3
Select one of the following: 3
Medical Terminology I  
C&CR-1350
 
 Credit Hours14
Fourth Semester
DIS-2420 Advanced Voicing 2
DIS-2740 Field Experience Lab II 1 1
DIS-2940 Field Experience II 1 1
DIS-2971 Field Experience Seminar II 1
EDUC-1411 Individuals with Exceptionalities 3
MATH-1xxx1000-level MATH course or higher 3
PE-1430 Physical Relaxation Techniques 1
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours65