What does it cost?
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How long will it take?

Minimum of 120 semester hours

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: May 15

Sign Language Interpreting, B.A.

Sign Language Interpreting is an interdisciplinary field that combines highly developed competency in American Sign Language and English with knowledge of linguistics, interpretation, translation and principles of professional practice.

The Sign Language Interpreting major prepares students with the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to enter field of American Sign Language/English interpretation. Students develop confidence in their working languages, proficiency in linguistic and cultural analysis, and the interpersonal skills needed to develop a relevant and sound professional practice.

Sign Language Interpreting, B.A.

Sign Language Interpreting is an interdisciplinary field that combines highly developed competency in American Sign Language and English with knowledge of linguistics, interpretation, translation and principles of professional practice.

The Sign Language Interpreting major prepares students with the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to enter field of American Sign Language/English interpretation. Students develop confidence in their working languages, proficiency in linguistic and cultural analysis, and the interpersonal skills needed to develop a relevant and sound professional practice.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 120 semester hours

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: May 15

Program Highlights

Careers

The Sign Language Interpreting major prepares students with the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to enter field of American Sign Language/English interpretation. Students develop confidence in their working languages, proficiency in linguistic and cultural analysis, and the interpersonal skills needed to develop a relevant and sound professional practice.

American Sign Language interpreters work within a variety of venues and settings, including:

  • Kindergarten through 12th grade educational settings
  • Post-secondary educational settings
  • Video relay and video remote interpretation
  • Community events
  • Medical and mental health settings
  • Performance and theatrical interpreting

Program Details

Admissions Requirements

  • completion of Areas A-E
  • completion of ENGL 1101 (or ENGL 1101H) and ENGL 1102 (or ENGL 1102H), each with a grade of “C” or better (these are Area A courses)
  • completion of ASL 1001, ASL 1002, ASL 2001, and ASL 2002 with a grade of “C” or better – Note: A “B” or better is required in ASL 1002 and ASL 2001 to advance to the next course in the sequence (these are Area F courses)
  • completion of program orientation
  • successful completion of entrance interview: candidates will demonstrate proficiency in sign recall and visual-motor integration, and demonstrate at least intermediate conversational proficiency in American Sign Language
  • completion of major application

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Program of Study

B.A. in Sign Language Interpreting

Areas A-E: Core Curriculum (42-43)
(see section 1410 Core Curriculum Requirements in the undergraduate catalog )

Area F. Preparation for the Major (18)

Required (12):

  • ASL 1001 Elementary American Sign Language I (3)
  • ASL 1002 Elementary American Sign Language II (3)
  • ASL 2001 Intermediate American Sign Language I (3)
  • ASL 2002 Intermediate American Sign Language II (3)

Note: Students who have applied ASL 1002 to Area C in the core, may choose an 3 additional hours from the list below to count toward Area F.

Choose two courses (6):

  • AL 2021 Introduction to English Linguistics (3)
  • AL 2101 Introduction to Language (3)
  • AL 2102 Languages of the World (3)
  • AL 2231 Understanding Miscommunication (3)
  • ANTH 2040 Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology (3)
  • PHIL 2030 Introduction to Ethics (3)
  • SCOM 1500 Public Speaking (3)
  • SCOM 2400 Interpersonal Communication (3)
  • SCOM 2710 Argumentation (3)
  • SCOM 2900 Intercultural Communication (3)
  • THEA 1610 Improving Voice and Articulation (3)
  • THEA 2210 Beginning Acting (3)
  • Other courses may be selected with the approval of the program coordinator.

Area G. Major Area (48)

Students must complete all courses in Areas G with a grade of “C” or higher unless otherwise noted.

Required (48):

Area H: Electives (12)

Students must complete all courses in Areas H with a grade of “C-” or higher unless otherwise noted.

Choose four  courses (12):

  • AL 3021 Introduction to Linguistics (3)
  • AL 3031 Language in Society (3)
  • AL 3041 Introduction to  Second Language Acquisition (3)
  • AL 4111  Semantics and Pragmatics in Linguistic Theory (3)
  • AL 4151 Communication across Cultures-CTW (3)
  • ANTH 4114 Language and Social Justice (3)
  • BCOM 3950 Business Communication and Professional Development (3)
  • CPS 3200 Diversity and Human Relations (3)
  • CPS 3300 Interpersonal Communication Skills (3)
  • ENI 3101 Entrepreneurial Thinking (3)
  • EXC 4350 Orientation to Deafness (3)
  • Other courses may be selected with the approval of the program coordinator.

Total Program: minimum of 120 semester hours

Description

Contacts

Program Coordinator
Peter Crume
pcrume@gsu.edu
404-413-8319

Learning Sciences
404-413-8040

Mailing Address & Office Location
Learning Sciences
College of Education & Human Development, Suite 750
30 Pryor St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

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