Major in ASL/English Interpreting

Our American Sign Language (ASL)/English Interpreting Program is one of very few baccalaureate degree programs available in the country.

In this ASL/ English Interpreting Program, you will learn the theory and practice of interpreting. You will gain a strong foundation in language, culture, interpreting, and linguistics. Develop your abilities in ASL and English, analyze features of ASL and English, discuss ethical issues, and perform guided practice with both simultaneous and consecutive interpreting. The combination of this background with a broad liberal arts education will prepare you to enter the profession of interpreting, which serves diverse populations and encompasses a wide range of subjects and settings.

We prepare students to become capable and flexible participants in the rewarding profession of interpreting.

The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in American Sign Language/English Interpreting (ASL) requires satisfactory completion of the following:

  • A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for a B.S. degree from the IU School of Liberal Arts.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) is required for graduation.
  • A minimum of 26 credit hours must be completed after formal admission to IUPUI.
  • A minimum of 21 credit hours of major coursework must be completed in residence in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.
  • A minimum grade of C (2.0) is required in each major course.
  • Once a course has been applied toward one requirement, it cannot be used to satisfy a second requirement, except where explicitly stated otherwise. In addition, except in cases of variable title courses, internships, and other special courses, no course will be counted more than once toward graduation.

Required Courses

These courses are required for 36 credits.

  • ASL-A 219: Deaf Community History & Culture (3 credits)
  • ASL-A 221: Linguistics of American Sign Language (3 credits)
  • ASL-I 250: Introduction to Interpreting (3 credits)
  • ASL-I 305: Text Analysis (3 credits)
  • ASL-I 361: Theory and Process of Interpreting I (3 credits)
  • ASL-I 363: Theory and Process of Interpreting II (3 credits)
  • ASL-I 365: Theory and Process of Interpreting III (3 credits)
  • ASL-I 405: Practicum (6 credits)
  • ASL-L 340: Interpreting Discourse English to ASL (3 credits)
  • ASL-L 342: Interpreting Discourse ASL to English (3 credits)
  • ENG-Z 205: Introduction to the English Language (3 credits) or other linguistics courses approved by the Director of the ASL/English Interpreting Program

Core Courses

  • ASL I250 Introduction to Interpreting (3 credits)
  • ASL A219 History and Culture of the American Deaf Community (3 credits)
  • ASL A221 Linguistics of ASL (3 credits)
  • ENG Z205 Introduction to the English Language (3 credits)
  • ASL I305 Text Analysis (3 credits)
  • ASL L340 Interpreting Discourse: ASL to English (3 credits)
  • ASL L342 Interpreting Discourse: English to ASL (3 credits)
  • ASL I361 Theory & Process of Interpreting I (3 credits)
  • ASL I363 Theory & Process of Interpreting II (3 credits)
  • ASL I365 Theory & Process of Interpreting III (3 credits)
  • ASL I405 Practicum (6 credits)

Elective Courses

  • ASL I303 ASL for Interpreters (3 credits)
  • ASL I367 Performing Arts Interpreting (3 credits)
  • ASL I370 Interpreting in the Healthcare Setting (3 credits)
  • ASL I409 Topics in Interpreting (3 credits)
  • ASL I425 Independent Study in Interpreting (3 credits)

Advanced Credits

Students are required to have 42 credit hours in 300-400 level coursework including courses in their major. Of the 42 advanced credits, 9 credit hours must be 300-400 level coursework outside the first Liberal Arts major field of study and from the School of Liberal Arts. Students seeking dual degrees are exempt from completing 9 credits hours in 300-400 level coursework outside their major and from the School of Liberal Arts.

Recommended Curriculum

To provide students with guidance that will both enhance their academic experience and avoid problems meeting requirements, the Department of World Languages and Cultures has developed the following suggested curriculum for taking ASL/English Interpreting courses, as a major.

Four-Year Plan

Freshman Year

ASL-A 131: First Year ASL I (4 credits)
ASL-A 132: First Year ASL II (4 credits)

Sophomore Year

ASL-A 211: Second Year ASL I (3 credits)
ASL-A 212: Second Year ASL II (3 credits)
ASL-A 219: History and Culture of the American Deaf Community (3 credits)
ASL-A 221: Linguistics of American Sign Language (3 credits)
ASL-I 250: Introduction to Interpreting (3 credits)

Junior Year

ASL-A 311 Third Year ASL (3 credits)
ASL-A 312 Third Year ASL II (3 credits)
ASL-I 305: Text Analysis (3 credits)
ASL-L 340: Interpreting Discourse: ASL to English (3 credits)
ASL-I 361: Theory & Process of Interpreting I (3 credits)
ASL-I 363: Theory & Process of Interpreting II (3 credits)

Senior Year

ASL-I 365: Theory & Process of Interpreting III (3 credits)
ASL-L 342: Interpreting Discourse: English to ASL (3 credits)
ASL-I 405: Practicum (6 credits)

Degree Map

To help you guide your four-year college journey, consult your degree map for a snapshot of the classes you will take to finish your degree.

More Info

Contact Laura Smith, Interim Director of Program in ASL/English Interpreting.