American Sign Language Interpreting Studies (BS)

30 ASL Interpreter

This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2020–Spring 2021 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

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

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 158
Supporting Courses29
Minimum Total Hours125

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

Departmental Admission Requirements

Admission to the 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.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements *31
The following course is required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education Requirements:
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 First Year Experience1
or GEN 101 Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
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 Interpreting3
ITP 320English to ASL Interpreting I3
ITP 325ASL to English Interpreting I3
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 435Educational Interpreting3
ITP 445Interpreting in Healthcare Settings3
ITP 470Practicum in Interpreting I3
ITP 490Linguistics and ASL II3
Practicum
ITP 495Practicum in Interpreting II - CUE10
Minimum Total Hours58
Supporting Courses
ASL 101American Sign Language I3
ASL 102American Sign Language II3
ASL 201American Sign Language III3
ASL 202American Sign Language IV3
ASL 301American Sign Language V3
ASL 302American Sign Language VI3
ASL 400American Sign Language VII3
ASL 405Advanced ASL2
Electives in the Division of Humanities, other than Interpreter Training, at the 300 level or above6
Minimum Total Hours29

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 First Year Experience
or Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
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
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
 Hours16
Spring
ASL 102 American Sign Language II 3
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
ITP 350 Historical Perspectives on the Deaf Community - WR 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 210 Application of Fingerspelling and Number Systems 3
ITP 225 Introduction to Interpreting 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Science with Lab - B 4
Humanities Elective (non-ITP) (300 level or above) 3
 Hours16
Spring
ASL 202 American Sign Language IV 3
ITP 220 Processing Skills for Interpreters 3
ITP 310 Multiculturalism and Interpreting 3
ITP 390 Linguistics and American Sign Language I 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 320 English to ASL Interpreting I 3
ITP 325 ASL to English Interpreting I 3
ITP 390 Linguistics and American Sign Language I 3
ITP 490 Linguistics and ASL II 3
Natural Science or Social Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours18
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 435 Educational Interpreting 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 445 Interpreting in Healthcare Settings 3
ITP 470 Practicum in Interpreting I 3
Natural Sciences or Social Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Spring
ASL 405 Advanced ASL 2
ITP 495 Practicum in Interpreting II - CUE 10
 Hours12
 Minimum Total Hours125

Degree Audit Report
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  1. Log into your ULink account.
  2. Click on the Student Services tab.
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