American Sign Language Interpreting Studies (BS)

8 ASL Interpreting Studies

This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2018–Spring 2019 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Science in American Sign Language Interpreting Studies (ASLIBS)
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Classical and Modern Languages

Program Information

UofL’s American Sign Language Interpreting Studies (ASLIS) program provides students the training needed to function as qualified interpreters. This includes learning ASL, understanding the basics of ASL linguistics, Deaf history and culture, and the fundamentals of the interpreting process. We emphasize communicative and cultural competency as well as critical thinking abilities that can be used in both academic and non-academic careers.

Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the department’s Learning Outcomes Measurement. For details, contact the department.

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements 131
College/School Requirements7
Program/Major Requirements 186
Minimum Total Hours124

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.

Departmental Admission Requirements

Admission to BS in ASLIS not automatic.  Entry requires functional fluency in ASL and basic interpreting competencies; a minimum overall GPA of 2.25 and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in ASL and ITP courses.  The final exam in ITP 220 also serves as part of the ASLIS screening process for entry into the major.  Once accepted into the major, students need to work closely with their advisor.  Seniors are required to complete roughly 450 hours in an advanced interpreting practicum.  For more details, contact the Department. 

The Application for Major form can be found on the Arts & Sciences Advising Center website: louisville.edu/artsandsciences/advising/apply.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements *31
The following courses are required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education Requirement:
Heritage & Culture of the Deaf - D1, SB

*All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

Arts & Sciences Requirements
GEN 100Student Success Center Orientation1
or GEN 101 Arts and Sciences Orientation
Foreign Language: incorporated into plan requirements listed below 1
Electives in Natural Sciences or Social Sciences at the 300 level or above 26
WR: two approved courses at the 300-level or above 3
Minimum Total Hours7

Program/Major Requirements

Prerequisite Courses
ITP 115Heritage & Culture of the Deaf - D1, SB3
ITP 220Processing Skills for Interpreters 43
ITP 225Introduction to Interpreting3
Core Courses
ITP 210Application of Fingerspelling and Number Systems3
ITP 310Multiculturalism and Interpreting2
ITP 320English to ASL Interpreting I3
ITP 325ASL to English Interpreting I3
ITP 337Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing3
ITP 350Historical Perspectives on the Deaf Community - WR3
ITP 370Interpreting in Specialized Settings I3
ITP 390Linguistics and American Sign Language I3
ITP 420English to ASL Interpreting II3
ITP 425ASL to English Interpreting II3
ITP 430Interpreting in Specialized Settings II3
ITP 440Advanced Simultaneous Interpretation1
ITP 470Practicum in Interpreting I3
ITP 490Linguistics and ASL II3
Practicum
ITP 495Practicum in Interpreting II - CUE10
Supporting Courses
ASL 101American Sign Language I3
ASL 102American Sign Language II3
ASL 201
ASL 202
American Sign Language III
American Sign Language IV
6
or ASL 205 Accelerated American Sign Language III & IV
ASL 301American Sign Language V3
ASL 302American Sign Language VI3
ASL 400American Sign Language VII3
ASL 405Advanced ASL1
Select one of the following: 3
Perspectives on Ancient Culture - WR
Perspectives on Medieval Culture - WR
Perspectives on Early Modern Culture - WR
Perspectives on Modern Culture - WR
Principles of Cultural History - WR
Selected Perspectives in Humanities - WR
Electives in the Division of Humanities, other than Interpreter Training, at the 300 level or above3
Minimum Total Hours86

Only 60 hours in the major department may be applied toward the Bachelor of Science degree.

At least 50 of the total minimum hours required must be at the 300 level or above. 

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing:
Practicum in Interpreting II - CUE

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
ASL 101 American Sign Language I 3
ITP 115 Heritage & Culture of the Deaf - D1, SB 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
 Hours13
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
ASL 102 American Sign Language II 3
ITP 337 Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Historical Perspective Global Diversity - SBHD2 3
 Hours15
Year 2
Fall
ASL 201 American Sign Language III 3
ITP 350 Historical Perspectives on the Deaf Community - WR 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Science with Lab - B 4
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
General Elective 3
 Hours16
Spring
ASL 202 American Sign Language IV 3
ITP 210 Application of Fingerspelling and Number Systems 3
ITP 220 Processing Skills for Interpreters 3
ITP 225 Introduction to Interpreting 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
 Hours18
Year 3
Fall
ASL 301 American Sign Language V 3
ITP 310 Multiculturalism and Interpreting 2
ITP 320 English to ASL Interpreting I 3
ITP 325 ASL to English Interpreting I 3
ITP 390 Linguistics and American Sign Language I 3
Natural Science or Social Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
Select one of the following: 3
Perspectives on Ancient Culture - WR  
Perspectives on Medieval Culture - WR  
Perspectives on Early Modern Culture - WR  
Perspectives on Modern Culture - WR  
Principles of Cultural History - WR  
Selected Perspectives in Humanities - WR  
 Hours20
Spring
ASL 302 American Sign Language VI 3
ITP 370 Interpreting in Specialized Settings I 3
ITP 420 English to ASL Interpreting II ( (with consent of instructor)) 3
ITP 490 Linguistics and ASL II 3
Humanities Elective (non-ITP) (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
ASL 400 American Sign Language VII 3
ITP 425 ASL to English Interpreting II 3
ITP 430 Interpreting in Specialized Settings II 3
ITP 470 Practicum in Interpreting I 3
 Hours12
Spring
ASL 405 Advanced ASL 1
ITP 440 Advanced Simultaneous Interpretation 1
ITP 495 Practicum in Interpreting II - CUE 10
Natural Science or Social Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours124

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