Interpreter Transfer Program

Degree offered

Associate in Arts in Deaf Studies Transfer (Interpreter Transfer Concentration)

Credits required 69

Dean Joanne Preston

Program contact Sandra Lygren, Coordinator and Professor of Deaf Studies, ext. 2748

Program Goals Statement

This transfer program provides a foundation in Deaf studies as well as specialized course work to prepare for future interpreter studies. Students in this option aspire to become professional American Sign Language/English Interpreters and thus, plan to transfer to a four-year institution that offers interpreter training.

Student Learning Outcomes

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Infused Competencies

First-Year Experience

Program Information

This is not an interpreter training program. This program prepares students to transfer as juniors into a baccalaureate Interpreter Training/Preparation program. Strong American Sign Language skills (with earned grades B- or better) required for successful transfer.

Students wanting to become professional interpreters must transfer on, graduate, and pass a practical and theoretical national examination to become certified “qualified interpreters.”

After BCC

Past graduates have transferred to Northeastern University and University of Southern Maine for Interpreter Training. Most interpreter programs require relocating.

If you plan to transfer to a four-year institution, visit the Transfer Affairs Web site at www.BristolCC.edu/transfer

Degree Requirements

General Courses

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:6

Choose one of the following

HST 111The West and the World I

3 credits

HST 112The West and the World II

3 credits

HST 113United States History to 1877

3 credits

HST 114United States History from 1877

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Choose one of the following

PSY 101General Psychology

3 credits

SOC 101Principles of Sociology

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Elective Courses

Behavioral/Social Science Elective

3 credits

Lab Science Elective

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:7

Choose from MassTransfer electives, unless otherwise specified

Program Courses

ASL 101Elementary American Sign Language

3 credits

ASL 102Elementary American Sign Language II

3 credits

ASL 181Visual/Gestural Communication

2 credits

ASL 201Intermediate American Sign Language I

3 credits

ASL 202Intermediate American Sign Language II

3 credits

ASL 284ASL/Deaf Studies Capstone Seminar

1 credit

COM 113Interpersonal Speech

3 credits

COM 160Intercultural Communication

3 credits

DST 101Introduction to Deaf Studies

3 credits

DST 110Deaf Culture

3 credits

DST 151Deaf History

3 credits

DST 210The Deaf Community in Society

3 credits

DST 251Deaf Literature and ASL Folklore

3 credits

ASL 285Community-based Learning in Deaf Studies

1 credit

DST 221Introduction to the ASL/English Interpreting Profession

3 credits

ELECTIVE (select with the assistance of an advisor)

3 credits

PHL 152Ethics: Making Ethical Decisions in a Modern World

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:46

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

ASL 101Elementary American Sign Language

3 credits

DST 101Introduction to Deaf Studies

3 credits

DST 110Deaf Culture

3 credits

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

And

SOC 101Principles of Sociology

3 credits

Or

PSY 101General Psychology

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

ASL 101Elementary American Sign Language

3 credits

ASL 102Elementary American Sign Language II

3 credits

ASL 181Visual/Gestural Communication

2 credits

COM 113Interpersonal Speech

3 credits

DST 151Deaf History

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

ELECTIVE

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Summer

Students may opt to take General Education courses during the summer between semesters 2 and 3 to lighten course load.

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 3

ASL 201Intermediate American Sign Language I

3 credits

COM 160Intercultural Communication

3 credits

DST 210The Deaf Community in Society

3 credits

PHL 152Ethics: Making Ethical Decisions in a Modern World

3 credits

B/SS Elective

3 credits

Lab Science Elective

4 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 4

ASL 201Intermediate American Sign Language I

3 credits

ASL 284ASL/Deaf Studies Capstone Seminar

1 credit

ASL 285Community-based Learning in Deaf Studies

1 credit

DST 221Introduction to the ASL/English Interpreting Profession

3 credits

DST 251Deaf Literature and ASL Folklore

3 credits

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