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How long will it take?

Minimum of 120 semester hours

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: May 15

Deaf Studies, Sign Language Interpreting Concentration, 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 concentration 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.

For students who are interested in pursuing careers working with deaf/hard of hearing children or adults, the B.A. Deaf Studies degree will allow for a concentration in Deaf Education or Sign Language 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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This degree requires the following:

Core Curriculum (42-43 hours) in addition to preparation for the major (18 hours), major area (48 hours) and electives (12 hours).

Some of the courses include Deaf History and Culture, Linguistics of Sign Language and Introduction to Interpreting.

Total program: Minimum of 120 semester hours.

There will be a new program entry for Deaf Studies, B.A. with a concentration in Deaf Education.

Description

Careers

The Sign Language Interpreting concentration 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

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

30 Pryor Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

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