CURRICULAR GUIDE

Sign Language Interpreter
Associate in Applied Arts Degree

Curriculum Code: 0282  (Effective Fall 2001 - Summer 2006)

The Sign Language Interpreter is a person specially trained to facilitate
communication between the deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing communities. 
Employment opportunities may be in educational settings, freelance, or
contracted with agencies to provide interpreter services for deaf persons. 
State certification for interpreters is required by taking the Quality
Assurance Examination as issued through the Division on Deafness in the
Department of Labor for the State of Michigan.  Not all courses in this
program transfer to all colleges.  Students planning to transfer should see an
academic advisor or counselor before enrolling in any course.

Students should see the "Course Descriptions" section of this catalog or the
Course Schedule for course prerequisite information.  Basic skills assessment
and advising information may be found on page 8 of this catalog.

General education is an important part of this program and includes a
mathematics competency requirement.  To fulfill the mathematics competency
requirement, students may need to complete specific course work in
mathematics.  For information on how to fulfill all general education
requirements, see page 23.

Contact the Communication Department, Arts and Sciences Building, Room 211,
telephone number (517) 483-1040. 

REQUIREMENTS                                                 TOTAL: 53 CREDITS
CODE        TITLE                                                 CREDIT HOURS
SIGN 160    Orientation to Deafness                                          2
SIGN 161    American Sign Language I                                         3
SIGN 162    American Sign Language II                                        3
SIGN 163    American Sign Language III                                       3
SIGN 164    American Sign Language IV                                        3
SIGN 166    Fingerspelling                                                   2
SIGN 167    Beginning Sign to Voice                                          3
SIGN 168    Expressive Manual Commun                                         2
SIGN 170    Creative Arts Signing                                            2
SIGN 176    Advanced Fingerspelling                                          2
SIGN 250    Deaf Culture and History                                         3
SIGN 260    Linguistic Principles of ASL                                     3
SIGN 261    Principles of Interpreting (see Note 1)                          3
SIGN 262    Mock Quality Assurance (QA)                                      3
SIGN 263    Intermediate Sign to Voice                                       3
SIGN 264    Advanced Sign to Voice                                           3
SIGN 265    Adv Interpreting/Transliterat                                    3
SIGN 267    Sign Internship I                                                3
SIGN 268    Sign Internship II                                               3
SIGN 295    Indep. Study in Sign                                             1

LIMITED CHOICE REQUIREMENTS                                  TOTAL: 12 CREDITS
Complete the indicated number of credits from each CHOICE listed below.

CHOICE 1:   General Education Core Areas (See Note 2)               12 Credits
(See the "GENERAL EDUCATION" section above)
            Writing Core Area                                                3
            Speech Communication Core Area                                   3
            Science/Technology Core Area                                     3
            Global Perspectives and Diversity Core Area                      3
            Mathematics Competency (See page 23 for information on
            how to fulfill this requirement. Course work may be needed.)

            MINIMUM TOTAL                                                   65

1.    An interpreter screening is required after the successful completion of
      SIGN 163 and SIGN 167 and prior to registering for SIGN 261.
2.    Students completing "REQUIREMENTS" have fulfilled the requirements for
      these Core areas.

Students should see course descriptions to find out when departments plan to
offer courses.  Students who for any reason are unable to follow the course
sequence suggested below (for example, those who are part-time, have
transferred in courses from another school, or have prerequisites to fulfill)
should contact an academic advisor or counselor for help with adjustments.

I                 II                III               IV
SIGN 160          SIGN 162          SIGN 163          SIGN 164
SIGN 161          SIGN 166          SIGN 167          SIGN 261
Lim.Ch.1          Lim.Ch.1          SIGN 168
Lim.Ch.1          Lim.Ch.1          SIGN 170
                                    SIGN 176
V                 VI                VII
SIGN 250          SIGN 262          SIGN 260
SIGN 263          SIGN 264          SIGN 265
SIGN 267          SIGN 268
                  SIGN 295