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Linguistics Major with Concentration in ASL/English Interpreting

The Department of Linguistics is pleased to announce a new four-year degree in ASL – English Interpreting: a BA in Linguistics with a concentration in ASL – English Interpreting.

View Requirements in the Course Catalog

Classes for this new program are underway. For more information contact the chair of the Linguistics Department.

LINGUISTICS MAJOR, ASL/English Interpreting Concentration

(BA) – Undergraduate

A minimum of 120 semester hours of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA. However, more than 120 semester hours may be required depending upon the major field of study. In addition to the major requirement outlined below, all university students must fulfill the set of General Education requirements applicable to their degree. Students who place at the appropriate level on the mandatory American Sign Language Proficiency Interview may begin the concentration in their freshman year.

1) Major Required courses for BA in Linguistics (15 credits)

I. Complete the following three courses:

  • LNGN 210 Introduction to General Linguistics – 3 credits
  • LNGN220 Structure of American English (3 hours lecture) – 3 credits
  • LNGN 300 Syntax (3 hours lecture) – 3 credits

II. Complete one course from the following:

  • LNGN 220 Language in Society (3 hours lecture) – 3 credits
  • LNGN 220 Language and Culture (3 hours lecture) – 3 credits

III. Complete one course from the following:

  • LNGN 301 Semantics (3 hours lecture) – 3 credits
  • LNGN 302 Pragmatics (3 hours lecture) – 3 credits

2) Additional Required courses for ASL/English Interpreting (30 credits)

  • LNGN 350 Linguistics of ASL and Other Signed Lgs. (3 hours lecture) – 3 credits
  • LNGN 351 Gesture, Sign, and Speech (3 hours lecture) – 3 credits
  • AMSL 203 Academic ASL (3 hours lecture) – 3 credits
  • AMSL 260 Intro ASL/English Interpreting Theory & Practice (3 hours lecture) – 3 credits
  • AMSL 360 Discourse Analysis for ASL/English Interpreting (3 hours lecture) – 3 credits
  • AMSL 361 ASL to English Interpreting (3 hours lecture) – 3 credits
  • AMSL 362 English to ASL Interpreting (3 hours lecture) – 3 credits
  • AMSL 363 Ethical Decision Making in ASL/English Interpreting (3 hours lecture) – 3 credits
  • AMSL 460 Advanced Topics in ASL/English Interpreting (3 hours lecture) – 3 credits
  • AMSL 461 Interpreting Practicum – 3 credits

3) Electives in Linguistics and ASL/English Interpreting (6 credits)

starred courses (*) are recommended for Interpreting.

  • LNGN 110 Language of Food (3 hours lecture) – 3 credits
  • LNGN 240 Languages of the World (3 hours lecture) – 3 credits
  • LNGN 250 Language of Propaganda (3 hours lecture) – 3 credits
  • LNGN 255 Language and Gender (3 hours lecture) – 3 credits
  • LNGN 260 Dialectology (3 hours lecture) – 3 credits
  • LNGN 270 History of Linguistics (3 hours lecture) – 3 credits
  • LNGN 280 Bilingualism* (3 hours lecture) – 3 credits
  • LNGN 284 History of the English Language (3 hours lecture) – 3 credits
  • LNGN 288 /PSYC288 Introduction to Cognitive Science* (3 hours lecture) – 3 credits
  • LNGN 301 Semantics* (3 hours lecture) – 3 credits
  • LNGN 302 Pragmatics* (3 hours lecture) – 3 credits
  • LNGN 304 Principles of Discourse Analysis* (3 hours lecture) – 3 credits
  • LNGN 310 Morphology (3 hours lecture) – 3 credits
  • LNGN 325 Principles of Second Language Learning* (3 hours lecture) – 3 credits
  • LNGN 420 Language and the Mind* (3 hours lecture) – 3 credits
  • LNGN 430 Field Methods (3 hours lecture) – 3 credits
  • LNGN 445 Natural Language Processing (3 hours lecture) – 3 credits
  • LNGN 450 Selected Topics in Linguistics (3 hours lecture) – 3 credits
  • LNGN 451 Selected Topics in Linguistics (3 hours lecture) – 3 credits
  • LNGN 478 Independent Study (3 hours lecture) – 3 credits
  • LNGN 479 Independent Study (3 hours lecture) – 3 credits
  • PSYC 348 Psycholinguistics* (3 hours lecture) – 3 credits
  • PSYC 488 Seminar in Cognitive Science (3 hours lecture) – 3 credits

TOTAL for BA in Linguistics with ASL/English Interpreting: 48 credits

Interested in ASL-English Interpreting? Go to Discover Interpreting.

Registry for Interpreters for the Deaf, RID

Transfer students are welcome! Advisors will be available to help with your placement into the program.