HomeASL/InterpretingInterpreting Major

Interpreting Major

Instructor signing with hands near his forehead.

As an interpreting major at St. Kate’s, you develop the ability to facilitate communication between Deaf people and non-deaf people. Graduates work toward the goal of passing the national interpreting certification exam.

Our program builds your competence in American Sign Language while sharpening your analytical and communication skills for interpreting with liberal arts courses, like linguistics and cultural anthropology.

While it's not required, you may choose a concentration in healthcare or education interpreting.

Below is the major course sequence. You may meet with a department advisor to tailor it to fit your needs.

Fall
ASL 1110: Beginning ASL I

Spring
ASL 1120: Beginning ASL II

Fall
ASL 2110: Intermediate ASL I
ASL 2010: Introduction to American Deaf Culture

Spring
ASL 2120: Intermediate ASL II
INTP 2020: Intro to the Interpreting Profession
ASL 2500 Fingerspelling Lab

Fall
ASL 3110: Advanced ASL I
INTP 3050: ASL and English Text Analysis
INTP 3210: Ethics and Decision Making

Spring
ASL 3120: Advanced ASL II
INTP 3060: ASL/English Translation

Fall
INTP 4050: ASL/English Interpreting I
ASL 3130: Conversational ASL or INTP 4410: Educational Interpreting

Spring
INTP 4060: ASL/English Interpreting II
INTP 4310: Healthcare Interpreting
INTP 4210: Senior Seminar
INTP 4604: Internship
ASL 3330: ASL Classifiers

For detailed course descriptions, visit the courses page.

In addition to the ASL/Interpreting courses above, a number of supporting courses and the baccalaureate liberal arts and sciences core requirements are required to complete the interpreting major.

Current degree holder

If you already have a degree but want to become an ASL interpreter, you can enroll in a post-baccalaureate interpreting certificate. (Post-baccalaureate majors are open to both women and men.)

Students completing the ASL or interpreting majors as a certificate must complete required ASL prerequisite courses but are exempt from other supporting courses and liberal arts requirements.