Deaf Communication Studies: Interpreter Education, Associate in Applied Science

Florissant Valley

This two-year American Sign Language interpreter education program provides the instruction and experience needed to interpret between individuals using American Sign Language and English. Focus is on a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approach to interpreting centered around the theory of interpretation. This professional, career program consists of a comprehensive, sequential, and integrated series of courses intended to provide students with the necessary mastery of the theory, techniques and skills required to enter the profession of interpretation.

Students interested in the interpreting profession can expect to expand their worldview, commit to lifelong learning, meet new people and experience diverse situations within large and small group settings.

The foundation of the curriculum is American Sign Language (ASL) which is the native, indigenous language of the North American deaf community. We recognize the deaf community as a linguistic and cultural minority that functions distinctly from the American mainstream culture.

Admission into the program is contingent upon meeting established criteria as defined in the DCS-IEP Advising Checklist.

Graduates of the program will be prepared for entry-level, paraprofessional interpreting positions.

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Program of Study

Career General Education
ENG 101College Composition I3
ENG 102College Composition II3
MTH xxx100 level or higher3
XXX xxxMissouri State Requirement3
XXX xxxBiological/Physical Science3
Physical Education Activity
Select 2 credit hours2
Program Requirements
DCS 106American Sign Language III5
DCS 121American Sign Language IV3
DCS 108Orientation to Interpreting3
DCS 109Etymology for Interpreters3
DCS 110Deaf Theatre Studies3
DCS 206Consecutive Interpreting3
DCS 207Simultaneous Interpreting3
DCS 209Interpreting/Transliterating Lab1
DCS 210Sign to Voice Interpreting3
DCS 211Specialized Interpreting3
DCS 212Deaf History and Culture3
DCS 213Professional Issues and Ethics3
DCS 214Interactive Interpreting3
DCS 216Educational Interpreting - Classroom Applications3
DCS 217Translation Applications of ASL3
DCS 218Pre-Workplace Learning3
DCS 219Workplace Learning: Deaf Communication Studies3
Total Credit Hours68