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2013 - 2014 Catalog 
2013 - 2014 Catalog [ARCHIVED PUBLICATION]

American Sign Language Interpreting, A.A.

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The American Sign Language Studies program utilizes a sociolinguistic and cultural approach to the instruction of sign language. This approach best models the language used both formally and informally by the Deaf community and is incorporated into all educational components of the ASLS curriculum. The Associate of Arts (AA) degree in American Sign Language Interpreting provides academic instruction in the field of sign language interpreting. The program prepares interpreters to work in a variety of entry level settings with a diverse population. Upon completion of the degree, students are prepared to sit for the national certification knowledge examination and to seek advanced degrees.

National Certification Degree Requirements: In 2003, the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) established the following degree requirements: all test candidates must have a degree from an accredited institution to stand for any performance exam. RID established the following timeline:

  • Hearing candidates: Associate degree-effective July 1, 2009; Bachelor degree-effective July 1, 2012
  • Deaf candidates: Associate degree-effective July 1, 2012; Bachelor degree-effective July 1, 2016


Required grade of “C” or higher.



See Graduation Requirements .

Students planning to pursue a baccalaureate program should contact that receiving institution for determination of course transferability. A listing of Delgado courses can be found by following this link: Transfer List 

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