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ASL/Interpreting Course Descriptions

All courses with an ASL prefix will be taught in American Sign Language without the use of spoken English, with the exception of ASL 2010.

ASL 1110: BEGINNING AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I (4 credits)

In this introductory course you will engage in receptive and expressive language readiness activities as well as learn vocabulary, basic use of ASL grammatical structure and signing space, conversational regulators, fingerspelling and introductory aspects.

ASL 1120: BEGINNING AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE II (4 credits)

You will continue to study ASL grammatical structure, vocabulary, fingerspelling, use of signing space, conversational regulators and introductory aspects of Deaf culture. Prerequisites: ASL 1110.

ASL 2010: INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN DEAF CULTURE (4 credits)

In this course you will study the culture of the American Deaf community. Issues raised include the relationship between language and culture, the history of Deaf education, the Deaf President Now revolution and the collective goals and values of the Deaf community. Prerequisites with concurrency: ASL 2110.

ASL 2110: INTERMEDIATE AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I (4 credits)

You will learn how to express abstract concepts in ASL using appropriate grammatical structure, signing space, vocabulary, fingerspelling and nonmanual markers. The course also features continued development of conversational regulators and aspects of Deaf culture. Prerequisites: ASL 1120.

ASL 2120: INTERMEDIATE AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE II (4 credits)

This course is designed to expand your ability to express abstract concepts in ASL and to further develop your vocabulary and your receptive and expressive fluency. You will also continue to read and discuss topics related to Deaf culture. Deaf community interaction required. Prerequisites: ASL 2110.

ASL 2500: FINGERSPELLING LAB (1 credit)

In this course you will focus on the comprehension and production of lexicalized, rapid and careful fingerspelling. Phonological analysis of fingerspelling is also covered. Prerequisites: ASL 2110.

ASL 3020: ASL LINGUISTICS (2 credits)

This course investigates the structure of ASL. Areas covered include ASL phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. You also examine discourse markers, sign variation and prosody. Prerequisites with concurrency: ENGL 3050, ASL 2120.

ASL 3100: ASL LITERATURE (2 credits)

This course focuses on ASL literature forms, including storytelling, poetry, comedy and percussion signing to better understand Deaf culture and American Sign Language. You will also study videotapes and films ranging from the early 1900s to the present. Emphasis is placed on historical background, story content, analysis of grammatical features and discourse analysis to include a variety of sign registers and styles. Offered every third year. Prerequisites: ASL 2120.

ASL 3110: ADVANCED AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I (4 credits)

Designed as a lecture/lab course to expand your vocabulary and develop your language skills and conversational fluency. You will identify and apply strategies needed to give instructions, explanations, and provide factual information. You will also learn how to discuss more complex topics such as finance and to effectively use persuasion in discussions that require decision making. Deaf community interaction required. Prerequisites: ASL 2120.

ASL 3120: ADVANCED AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE II (4 credits)

A continuation of ASL 3110, with an additional focus on narrative skills. Deaf community interaction required. Prerequisites: ASL 3110.

ASL 3130: CONVERSATIONAL ASL (4 credits)

Build receptive and expressive conversational skills through small group work and videotape. Emphasis on sign variation across gender, age, ethnicity and region. Prerequisites with concurrency: ASL 3110.

ASL 3330: ASL CLASSIFIERS (4 credits)

In this course you will analyze semantic classifiers, size and shape specifiers (SASSs) and handling or instrument classifiers (HCLs or ICLs). The interaction of SASSs with movement roots to trace the size and shape of objects is examined, as well as the use of HCL handshapes to represent how objects are handled and the role they play in marking causation and agency. The complex morphology of classifiers is the focus of your learning in this course, with examples of usage in formal and informal discourse. Prerequisites with concurrency: ASL 3120.

ASL 4100: INTERACTING WITH THE DEAF-BLIND COMMUNITY (2 credits)

This course covers the knowledge and skills needed to provide communication services to Deaf-Blind people. You will become familiar with features of the Deaf-Blind community, learn common etiologies of Deaf-Blindness, learn basic communication and guiding skills for use with Deaf-Blind people, and experience a variety of Deaf-Blind simulations. Prerequisites: ASL 3120.

INTP 2020: INTRODUCTION TO THE INTERPRETING PROFESSION (2 credits)

You will be introduced to the profession of interpreting in this survey course through lecture, interviews, readings and projects. You will use the Demand/Control Schema as a tool for analyzing different specialty areas, such as medical, educational and performing arts interpreting. Topics include an overview of the history of the profession as well as an introduction to linguistic, ethical, cultural and situational issues in the field. Prerequisites: ASL 2110.

INTP 3050: ASL AND ENGLISH TEXT ANALYSIS (4 credits)

In this lecture/lab course, you will analyze spoken and signed texts intralingually for both meaning and form. Through lecture, discussion and small group work you will develop the knowledge and competencies to compare and contrast the differences between ASL and English texts with an emphasis on discourse markers, register, topic shift, tense, pronomimalization and affect. Prerequisites with concurrency: ASL 3110.

INTP 3060: ASL/ENGLISH TRANSLATION (4 credits)

In this lecture/lab course you will build on the knowledge and competencies developed in INTP 3050. Through lecture, discussion and small group work you will examine theories of meaning transfer, with application to a variety of ASL and English texts. Prerequisites: INTP 3050. Prerequisites with concurrency: ASL 3120.

INTP 3210: ETHICS AND DECISION MAKING (4 credits)

Focus is on guiding you to clarify your own values and then to integrate that knowledge in the tasks of ethical decision making and problem solving as it pertains to interpreting. Readings, discussions and activities focus on developing your "ethical fitness" as a professional interpreter. You will analyze the current codes of ethics for interpreters in the U.S and Canada as well as compare various professional codes from other disciplines and identify underlying values. Case studies are used to integrate and apply knowledge learned in the course. Prerequisites: INTP 2020. Prerequisites with concurrency: PHIL 2200.

INTP 4050: ASL/ENGLISH INTERPRETING I (4 credits)

In this lecture/lab course, you will build on the knowledge gained in INTP 3050 and 3060. Using primarily a discourse-based approach; you will prepare for and consecutively interpret a variety of texts. Interpretations are analyzed, and you will identify linguistic, cultural, textual and situational factors influencing your choices to achieve meaning transfer. The efficacy of the consecutive format is also examined. Peer review and self analysis strategies are developed throughout this course. Prerequisites: INTP 3060.

INTP 4060: ASL/ENGLISH INTERPRETING II (4 credits)

In this lecture/lab course, you will develop knowledge and competencies for interpreting in a simultaneous format. A variety of texts and situations are presented for analysis and interpretation. Prerequisites: INTP 4050.

INTP 4210: SENIOR SEMINAR (2 credits)

In this course, you will read and discuss research that has been completed in the area of ASL and interpreting. You will determine a research topic and complete a literature review. The course culminates with students giving presentations on their topics. Prerequisites: Senior standing in the major.

INTP 4310: HEALTHCARE INTERPRETING (4 credits)

In this course you will analyze medical discourse and learn techniques for interpreting during healthcare interviews. Interpreting theory is applied through the use of videos and mock medical situations. Topics covered include the team approach to professional healthcare provision, pre- and post-sessions with the practitioner(s), ethics, role and boundaries, how to appropriately adapt the environment as needed, teaming with deaf interpreters and the use of translation, and consecutive and simultaneous interpreting in healthcare settings. You will also build your medical vocabulary in ASL. Prerequisites: INDI 2220 or HIMP 1050. Prerequisites with concurrency: INTP 3050 or permission of instructor.

INTP 4410: EDUCATIONAL INTERPRETING (4 credits)

In this course you will develop knowledge, skills and strategies for interpreting in educational settings, pre-K through post-secondary. Linguistic, educational, developmental and interpreting issues are explored, as well as techniques for preparation and working as a member of an educational team. Other topics include: the educational system and values, the educational team, classroom accessibility, the IEP process, problem solving and decision making. Classroom observation required. Prerequisites with concurrency: INTP 4050 or permission of instructor.

INTP 4604: INTERNSHIP (4 credits)

Internship complements your academic work through practical experiences in a community setting. You will observe your host interpreter(s), and also interpret with direct supervision. The internship also requires that you attend internship salons, mentoring sessions and develop a portfolio. Prerequisites with concurrency: INTP 4060. Permission of instructor granted by assessment.