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Degrees type: Bachelor
The American Sign Language/English Interpreting program at Mount Aloysius College is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Interpreter Education (CCIE). CCIE is the preeminent accrediting body created to assess professional sign language interpreter programs at colleges and universities.
The American Sign Language/English Interpreting program at Mount Aloysius College is more than a major. Students learn how to effectively and seamlessly communicate within two different cultures and languages. In addition to an effective learning environment with small classes, the program offers unique educational opportunities such as:
- Interactive ASL computer labs
- Monthly social gatherings with members of the region’s Deaf community
- Weekly lunches with the Deaf community
- A biennial student-run interpreting conference
- Interactive, high-tech ASL computer labs
- Community-based Deaf events for real-world experience
- Nationally recognized and award winning faculty
As a graduate from our ASL/English Interpreter program, you’ll have endless career choices, including:
- Community interpreter
- Conference interpreter
- Health or medical interpreter
- Liaison or escort interpreter
- Legal or judicial interpreter
- American Sign Language interpreter
- Literary translator
- ASLE 102 – American Sign Language 3 Credits
- ASLE 103 – American Sign Language II 3 Credits
- ASLE 108 – Introduction to Interpreting 3 Credits
- ASLE 201 – American Sign Language III 3 Credits
- ASLE 202 – American Sign Language IV 3 Credits
- ASLE 240 – Pre-Interpreting Skills 3 Credits
- ASLE 260 – Translation 3 Credits
- ASLE 300 – American Sign Language V 3 Credits
- ASLE 305 – American Sign Language VI 3 Credits
- ASLE 310 – Linguistics of ASL 3 Credits
- ASLE 340 – Consecutive Interpreting 3 Credits
- ASLE 350 – Simultaneous Interpreting 3 Credits
- ASLE 410 – Practicum Seminar 3 Credits
- ASLE 415 – Transliteration Lab 3 Credits
- ASLE 450 – Residency Internship/Full Time 12 Credits
- LIBA 400 – Capstone Seminar 3 Credits
When students graduate with a bachelor’s degree in ASL/English Interpreting they are prepared to find challenging careers working as interpreters in educational, medical, business, religious, and a variety of other settings.
The demand for Sign Language Interpreters is expected to rise 29% from 2014 to 2024, an increase of 17,500 jobs.
The average median wage for an interpreter in the state of Pennsylvania is $50,870.
Graduates of this program will demonstrate attributes that underlie competent professional interpreting practice:
- Demonstrate language competency in American Sign Language and language proficiency in English;
- Demonstrate cultural competence and multicultural sensitivities of both hearing and deaf cultures;
- Exercise judgment, employ critical thinking, and utilize the knowledge they’ve gained from the code of professional conduct when making professional decisions;
- Analyze the effectiveness of their interpretations by applying contemporary theories of performance assessment, noting areas for improvement;
- Demonstrate critical analysis of current literature related to the discipline of interpreting;
- Produce accurate and reliable interpretations in both English and ASL; and
- Work effectively and collegially with other members involved with the profession of Interpreting.
Signing on Ice
Mountie ASL students took center-ice for the National Anthem at a Tomahawks hockey game.
When Duty Calls
ASL graduate Ashley found herself center stage during the coronavirus.
Signing in the Sunshine State
Sabrina Guida and Kylee Snyder used their ASL/EI knowledge and skills they learned at MAC to complete an internship in Florida!
Mountie Recognized Nationally by Chick-Fil-A
During her sophomore year at MAC, Teresa combined the mercy values and her knowledge of ASL to help people in the community!
Student Voices & Success Stories
- Michelle Fischetti, Class of 2016, ASL/EI, is an American Sign Language Interpreter at Sign Language Interpreting Professionals.
- Melissa Reeves, Class of 2016, ASL/EI, is an American Sign Language Interpreter at Living Resources New York, self-employed Sign Language Interpreter.
- Julianna Breeze, Class of 2016, ASL/EI, is an American Sign Language Interpreter at Sign Language Specialists of Western PA Inc.
- Chey Garvin, Class of 2016, ASL/EI, is a self-employed Sign Language Interpreter, and a Sign Language Interpreter at Bucks County Intermediate Unit.
- Krista White, Class of 2015, ASL/EI, is a Sign Language Interpreter at Youngstown Community Center for the Deaf/Hearing & Speech Center, and Sign Language Interpreter at Purple Communications.