Students who have little or no experience with ASL should know that it takes years of training and practice to become a skilled interpreter. The first step in that process is to begin learning ASL and to become familiar with the Deaf-World. To become an interpreter, one does not necessarily need to have a degree in Interpreting. Rather, one must seek a Bachelor degree (any major) and obtain the skills that will allow him or her to obtain an interpreting certificate. In the state of Utah, interpreters are required by law to obtain certificates before they begin working; employers are also obligated to hire certified interpreters. While interpreter training programs can provide students with the basic skills they need to become interpreters, the training they provide is still just a first step on a long road to a professional career. While the main thrust of our program is more overreaching than just interpreting, our program will include offerings that will provide top-quality training for those who wish to pursue this career.
Prepares students for initial certification. Any student who is a declared Deaf Studies major, has access to the novice-level preparation resources. Students should complete the following initial courses and speak with the language advisor for more information:
ASL 1010 Beginning American Sign Language I
ASL 1020 Beginning American Sign Language II
ASL 2010 Intermediate American Sign Language I
ASL 202G Intermediate American Sign Language II
ASL 3050 Advanced American Sign Language
ASL 3310 Interpreting I