CURRICULUM GUIDE

Sign Language Interpreter
Associate in Applied Arts Degree

Curriculum Code: 0282  (Effective Fall 2003 - Summer 2008)

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 Course Descriptions or Course Offerings for course
prerequisite information.  See the Assessment and Placement Testing section
for skills assessment and advising information.

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

REQUIREMENTS                                                 TOTAL: 54 CREDITS
CODE        TITLE                                                 CREDIT HOURS
SIGN 160    Orientation to Deafness                                          3
SIGN 161    American Sign Language I                                         3
SIGN 162    American Sign Language II                                        3
SIGN 163    American Sign Language III                                       3
SIGN 166    Fingerspelling                                                   2
SIGN 167    Beginning Sign to Voice                                          3
SIGN 168    Expressive Manual Commun                                         2
SIGN 169    Receptive Communication                                          2
SIGN 176    Advanced Fingerspelling                                          2
SIGN 240    Interpreting/Transliterating                                     3
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 Language                                    1

LIMITED CHOICE REQUIREMENTS                               TOTAL: 13-17 CREDITS
Complete the indicated number of credits from each CHOICE listed below.

CHOICE 1:   General Education Core Areas                         13-17 Credits
(See General Education Core Requirements for information on how to fulfill
these requirements.  Core area proficiency exams, where appropriate, are
available for each core area.)
            Communication Core Area (See Note 2)                             0
            Global Perspectives and Diversity Core Area                    3-4
            Mathematics Core Area                                          3-4
            Science Core Area                                              4-5
            Writing Core Area                                              3-4

            MINIMUM TOTAL                                                   67

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
      this Core area.

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 240
SIGN 161          SIGN 166          SIGN 167          SIGN 261
Lim.Ch.1          Lim.Ch.1          SIGN 168
Lim.Ch.1          Lim.Ch.1          SIGN 169
                                    SIGN 176
V                 VI                VII
SIGN 250          SIGN 262          SIGN 260
SIGN 263          SIGN 264          SIGN 265
SIGN 267          SIGN 268
                  SIGN 295