Academic Catalogs

American Sign Language Interpreting, Associate in Arts Degree

Banner code:  2_AA_ASLI
Control number: 03903
Financial aid: Eligible

Orange County and neighboring areas are rich in part-time job opportunities for American Sign Language Interpreting. This program is designed to provide students with sign language interpreting skills sufficient for entry-level employment. This curriculum is recommended for people who desire to obtain skills necessary to function effectively as an American Sign Language Interpreter. 

Career opportunities include:

  • American Sign Language Interpreter
  • Teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Audiologist
  • Speech Pathologist

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Operate within a cultural knowledge of the Deaf.
  2. Transliterate and interpret between spoken English and American Sign Language (ASL).
  3. Interpret between ASL and spoken English.
  4. Understand specialized vocabulary and ethical practices that enable the student to function effectively as an interpreter for the Deaf.

Associate Degree Graduation Requirements

(See GWC website for the most up-to-date information on Associate Degree Requirements.)

  1. Completion of General Education Requirements by one of the following methods:
    1. Completion of a minimum of 18 units as listed under Areas A through E, including the Cultural Diversity Requirement.
    2. Completion of a minimum of 39 units of CSU General Education requirements. Students who complete this pattern are also eligible to receive the Certificate of Achievement in CSU General Education Breadth.
    3. Completion of a minimum of 34 (UC) or 37 (CSU) units of Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements. Students who complete this pattern are also eligible to receive the Certificate of Achievement in IGETC.
  2. Completion of a Major or Area of Emphasis—a minimum of 18 units.
  3. Completion of additional elective units to a total of 60 units.
  4. 2.0 overall Grade Point Average at GWC and 2.0 overall Grade Point Average for all colleges attended.
  5. At least 12 units completed at GWC.

Students should consult a GWC counselor in order to select the best pathway to meet their educational goals. For students who intend to transfer, the choice of general education will be specific to both their major and transfer institution.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
SIGN G200Deaf Culture3
SIGN G280American Sign Language 34
SIGN G285American Sign Language 44
INTR G100Introduction To Sign Language Interpreting3
INTR G130Beginning Voice To Sign3
INTR G135Advanced Voice To Sign3
INTR G155Beginning Sign to Voice3
INTR G160Advanced Sign To Voice3
INTR G190Specialized Interpreting Situation3
Major Total29
GE Pattern (Local, CSU GE-Breadth, or IGETC)18-39
Total Units60

Recommended Program Sequence

These sequences are general course maps for students to finish all major and general education requirements for two-year completion of degrees, completion of short-term certificates, and/or fulfillment of transfer requirements. However, this may not be an appropriate path for all students.  The two-year sequence is based on English and Math placement and meeting other course prerequisites. Students are advised to meet with a GWC Counselor to review course selections and sequences to ensure that completion of this program will meet a student's transfer and career goals.

Year 1:

Course Title Units
Semester 1
SIGN G280American Sign Language 34
INTR G100Introduction To Sign Language Interpreting3
SIGN G200Deaf Culture3
ENGL G100Freshman Composition ^4
Units14
Course Title Units
Semester 2
SIGN G285American Sign Language 44
INTR G130Beginning Voice To Sign3
INTR G155Beginning Sign to Voice3
Area E: Lifelong Understanding and Self-Development or Area A: English Language, Area B: Natural Sciences, Area C: Arts & Humanities, Area D: Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Elective coursework for a total of 3 units3
Units16

Year 2:

Course Title Units
Semester 3
INTR G135Advanced Voice To Sign3
INTR G160Advanced Sign To Voice3
Area C: Arts & Humanities course3
Elective coursework for a total of 3 units3
Select one of the following or satisfy Math competency (completion of Algebra 2 in High School with a "C" or better):
MATH G030Intermediate Algebra4
MATH G040Accelerated Elementary and Intermediate Algebra5
MATH G080Pre-Statistics5
If Math competency is satisfied, take Elective coursework for a total of 3 units3
Units15-17
Course Title Units
Semester 4
INTR G190Specialized Interpreting Situation3
Area B: Natural Sciences course3
Area D: Social & Behavioral Sciences course3
Elective coursework to reach a minimum of 60 units1-3
Cultural Diversity requirement #3
Units13-15
Total minimum units required60