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nova 2011-2012 college catalog: Programs of Study

Associate of Applied Science Degree AN

Purpose:  Designed for students who have limited, if any, previous experience with interpreting for Deaf people, this degree program provides the comprehensive training in theory and practical interpreting skills necessary for employment as an educational or community interpreter. Successful completion of this program prepares the student to pursue either a Virginia Quality Assurance Screening Level or national certification through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. These credentials qualify the student to interpret in either educational or community settings.

Admission Requirements:  The prerequisite for admission to the program is fluency in both English and American Sign Language. This is demonstrated by placement into ENG 111 and completion of the following courses with a grade of C or better: ASL 202: ASL IV or a program assessment, ASL 125: The History and Culture of the Deaf Community, and ASL 115: Fingerspelling and Number Use in ASL.

Two Years Credits
1st Semester
ASL 261 American Sign Language V 3
CST 110 Introduction to Communication 3
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
INT 105 Interpreting Foundations I 3
1SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
Total   13
2nd Semester
2__    Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
ASL 220 Comparative Linguistics: ASL and English 3
ASL 262 American Sign Language VI 3
INT 107 Translation Skills 3
INT 106 Interpreting Foundations II 3
Total   15
3rd Semester
INT 141 Transliterating I 3
3PED 116 Lifetime Fitness and Wellness 1
Total   4
4th Semester
4__    Math Elective or Science Elective 3-4
5__    Approved Social Science Elective 3
INT 130 Interpreting: An Introduction to the Profession 3
INT 133 ASL-to-English Interpretation I 3
INT 134 English-to-ASL Interpretation I 3
Total   15-16
5th Semester
3__    PED/RPK Elective 1
5__    Approved Social Science Elective 3
INT 233 ASL-to-English Interpretation II 3 3
INT 234 INT 234 English-to-ASL Interpretation II 3
INT INT    Approved INT Elective (INT 235, 236, 242) 3
Total   13
6th Semester
INT 250 Dialogic Interpretation I 3
INT 290 Coordinated Internship 5
Total   8
Total credits for the American Sign Language to English Interpretation A.A.S.=68-69

1 Student may substitute the SDV 101 Orientation section related to their particular program.

2 Humanities/fine arts elective may be selected from the humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives.

3 The PED requirement may be met by one of the following options: PED 116, 2 cr.; PED 116, 1 cr. plus a PED activities course, 1 cr.; or PED 116, 1 cr. plus RPK activities course. PED 116 is offered as both a 1-credit and a 2-credit course.

4 Students may choose MTH 151 or higher or Natural Science/Lab Elective chosen from the courses listed under General Education Electives.

5 The social science elective may be selected from the social/behavioral sciences courses listed under General Education Electives. Base selection on requirements of transfer institution.