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The Department of Human Services in the College of Education and Human Services offers a Bachelor of Science in Sign Language Interpreting (SLI), designed for students who have completed an associate’s degree in sign language interpreting or the equivalent.  

In this program, students will complete 40 semester hours of professional requirements focusing on sign language interpreting and Deafness and about 38 semester hours of general education courses beyond the associate’s degree.

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Barbara Dunaway
M086 Creative Arts Center


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SLI 3000       Ethics & Laws in Interpreting           
Course focuses on ethical standards of practice, legal rights and federal legislation impacting deaf and interpreters.   Critical thinking, self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and application of the Code of Professional Conduct will be emphasized. 

SLI 3200       Current Topics in Deafness & Interpreting
Study of the linguistic, cultural, and societal context of the Deaf community in America.  Both historical and contemporary aspects of Deaf identity will be included, with an emphasis on the central role that ASL plays in the lives of Deaf individuals.

SLI 3400        Linguistics of American Sign Language
Linguistic analysis of American Sign Language and spoken languages.   Includes the study of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and other linguistic topics.

SLI 3600         ASL to English Interpreting
Students advance their skills in producing equivalent spoken English messages in natural, idiomatic language from signed source messages.  Continuation of English and ASL vocabulary development, interpreting analysis skills, and strategies for team interpreting.

SLI 3800          Advanced Interpreting I
Enhancement of the ability to interpret between the source and target languages of ASL and English. Interpreting models, consecutive and team interpreting will be explored.  Students will increase interpreting analysis and mental visualization skills.

SLI 4200          Educational Interpreting
Theoretical foundations related to best practices and educational interpreter performance.   National, state, and local standards/requirements will be covered, including the EIPA. Educational settings and communication methods for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students will be discussed along with social, cognitive, and language development and the interpreter’s role in facilitating student independence and self-advocacy.

SLI 4400           Specialized Interpreting Settings
Specialty settings of medical, mental health, legal, deaf-blind, or oral interpreting will be covered.  Discussions will include ethical decision making, specialized vocabulary, and legal ramifications.  Students will demonstrate specialized vocabulary and sign competence.

SLI 4600            Advanced Transliterating
Enhancement of the ability to produce an equivalent message, working simultaneously  between the source and target languages of signed and spoken English, focusing on text analysis and self-evaluation, and working lengthy segments of discourse.

SLI 4800            Advanced Interpreting II
Continues enhancement of ability to produce an equivalent message, working between ASL and English.  Interpreting linguistically complex messages will be investigated, and expanded to idiomatic expressions, higher registers, and working lengthy segments of discourse.

SLI 4900             SLI Senior Capstone
Student will identify a community or professional need and develop a project plan to benefit the community and/or profession. Student finalizes their program portfolio and conducts a critical self-assessment, demonstrating appreciation for lifelong learning.