The American Sign Language (ASL) Program curriculum is an intensive program of study dedicated to preparing individuals to interact in a positive and supportive manner with members of the American Deaf Community. This Program is designed to assist students in acquiring competence in American Sign Language, developing an understanding of the American Deaf Community and its culture, and applying their linguistic and cultural skills and knowledge to a particular academic area of study.
The ASL Program offers a wide array of courses as well as volunteer, internship, and practicum opportunities. For students wishing to pursue a degree in ASL/English Interpretation, the Program is committed to providing opportunities that will allow them to acquire the linguistic, cognitive, and ethical decision-making skills as well as the socio-cultural knowledge necessary to serve as professional ASL/English interpreters. Students pursuing a dual major in Psychology, Theater, or Human Services integrate their foundation in ASL and the Deaf Community with these academic disciplines.
In March of 2010, the American Sign Language English/Interpreting Program received full and unconditional accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education (CCIE).
Among the strengths noted by the CCIE are...
The high caliber of dedicated students. In the words of the Program Director: “The strength of the program is the students.”
The high percentage of graduates who achieve RID national certification within two years of graduation and pass the Massachusetts State Screening Assessment within six months of graduation.
The qualifications of the full-time and part-time faculty members: All hearing and Deaf faculty members/Academic Specialists hold advanced degrees, RID certification, ASLTA credentials, and/or other credentials recognized in the field of interpreting.
The comprehensive practicum component with directed/guided observations, a practicum seminar, onsite fieldwork experiences and assessments in a variety of quality settings equipped to provide students with exposure to various groups across the life span who have various language preferences.