As an ASL/English interpreting major, you will be able to further the mission of agencies and organizations you may serve. You will have a solid foundation in Deaf culture and communication that expands your reach into this unique population.
ASL courses are aimed at building ASL comprehension and production skills. ASL is a rich and complex language used by members of the Deaf community in the United States and most of Canada. ASL has its own grammatical rules, sentence structure, idioms, historical contexts, and cultural nuances. Keuka College’s ASL courses foster an understanding of ASL/Deaf literature, linguistics, culture, and history. These are courses are taken by ASL and ASL/English Interpreting majors alike.
ASL-English interpreters must be fluent in both ASL and English. The degree requires completion of courses in English linguistics and advanced writing. Interpreting with signed languages, just as with foreign spoken languages, involves more than simply replacing a word of spoken English with a sign representing that word.
With strong growth projected in employment opportunities for interpreters for the Deaf over the next several years, our ASL/English Interpreting degree will put you in demand. Keuka College is one of just two upstate New York campuses offering this highly specialized major. As of 2012, a bachelor’s degree was required for interpreters to take the certification exam of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID).
But don’t worry. Once you graduate, you’ll have the necessary preparation to immediately pass the written exam of the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) interpreting certification exam. Interpreters who pass the written part of certification are eligible to complete the certification performance exams. We expect that our AEI graduates should be able to complete this credential within two years of graduation.