Certificate in American Sign Language (AMSL) Interpreting

This program is designed to help students develop the knowledge and skills that will lead to employment as interpreters between deaf and hearing people using English and American Sign Language. Graduates will gain extensive knowledge of Deaf Culture as well as a broad understanding of the scope and types of support services which should be available to deaf persons. AMSL 111 and AMSL 112 or skill level proficiency are prerequisites for admission to the American Sign Language Interpreting Program as well as INTR 231 and INTR 111. A screening evaluation is required to identify ASL skills prior to taking core courses.

It is recommended that sign language degree students select their courses and program plan in consultation with an American Sign Language interpreter or with World Languages Department advisers. Working interpreters, who are fluent and seek to further their knowledge in the ASL interpreting or sign language areas of expertise toward passing the Registry of the Interpreters of the Deaf (RID) certification may register for some courses with the adviser’s permission. Individuals who converse in sign language may test out of lower level AMSL classes with the adviser’s permission. All courses listed can be applied toward associate in arts degrees in sign language interpreting.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of and respect for deaf culture.
  • Demonstrate understanding of and adherence to the code of professional conduct for sign language interpreters.
  • Demonstrate fluency in American Sign Language.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in interpreting in a variety of settings including business, community, education and entertainment.

Class Requirements


AMSL 213      Linguistics and Grammar of ASL (3)
AMSL 215      Fingerspelling and Number (3)
INTR 112       Consecutive Interpreting (4)
INTR 113       Simultaneous Interpreting (4)
INTR 211       Interactive Interpreting (3)
INTR 232       Cross-Cultural Issues of Interpreting (3)
INTR 250       Educational Interpreting (3)
INTR 255       Interpreting Seminar (2)
INTR 298       Interpreting Internship (1-4)

NOTE: See First-Year Student Success Course Requirement on Page 8.