Dec 05, 2023
TOTAL DEGREE HOURS: 120
Plans of Study
The ASL Interpreting major seeks to educate students to become sign language interpreters. The major includes instruction in both the theory and practice of sign language interpretation. A program of 49 credit hours is planned for the student majoring in ASL Interpreting. Students entering the major must demonstrate proficiency in ASL at the intermediate level prior to beginning the first semester of core courses in the major. Proficiency is demonstrated through successful completion of the ASL prerequisites courses listed below (or equivalent transfer courses) with a minimum grade of B-or higher in each course.
Certified Global Pathways Program
This program has been certified as a Global Pathway, which has significant global content. Students in Global Pathway programs are well positioned to earn the Global Citizen Award. For more information, visit the Office of High-Impact Practices and Undergraduate Research website.
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Progression Requirements - ASL Interpreting B.A.
Any student who receives a grade of “D+” or lower in two or more USF Communication Sciences and Disorders courses will be required to pursue major reselection. Note: Students may use grade forgiveness to improve GPA, but all “D+” or lower grades will count towards the maximum allowed total “D+” or lower grades in the major whether grade forgiven or not.
State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites - ASL Interpreting B.A.
Following Florida BOG Regulation 8.010, state mandated common course prerequisites are lower-division courses that are required for progression into the upper division of a particular baccalaureate degree program.
Transfer students should complete the State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted. Successful completion of the common prerequisites alone does not guarantee a student admission into the degree program.
Unless stated otherwise, a grade of B- is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.
- ASL X140C Basic American Sign Language - 4 credit hours
- ASL X150C Intermediate American Sign Language - 4 credit hours
- ASL X160 OR ASL X160C American Sign Language III - 3-4 credit hours
- ASL X201 OR ASL X200 OR ASL X220 American Sign Language IV - 3-4 credit hours
- ASL X301 Structure of Sign Language OR ASL X300 Linguistics of ASL - 3 credit hours
NOTE: USF accepts ASL X160C and ASL X220C as alternatives for their respective ASL X160 and ASL X220 courses.
FOR ALL MAJORS: Students are strongly encouraged to select required lower division electives that will enhance their general education coursework and that will support their intended baccalaureate degree program. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area.
Required Courses: (49 credit hours)
Additional Information - ASL Interpreting B.A.
Foreign Language Requirements
In addition to the foreign language entrance requirement, all students applying for a Bachelor of Arts degree from USF must demonstrate competency in a foreign language. To demonstrate this competency, students may take either two semesters of a beginning college-level foreign language or one semester of a higher-level course and earn a letter grade of “C” (no “S” grades) or above in the appropriate level course or demonstrate equivalent competency by passing an examination. Students may fulfill this requirement by demonstrating fluency in a language other than English and proficiency in English, as demonstrated in successful coursework or examination in English.
- Graduation within the ASL Interpreting major also requires successful completion of the Center for the Assessment of Sign Language Interpreters (CASLI) written NIC examination.
- Students entering the ASL Interpreting major must demonstrate proficiency in ASL at the intermediate level prior to beginning the first semester of core courses in the major. Proficiency is demonstrated through successful completion of the ASL prerequisite courses listed below (or equivalent transfer courses) with a minimum grade of B- or higher in each course.
Students must have an overall 2.0 GPA in core.
- A student must receive a “C-” grade or better in all courses within the major (some prerequisites may require higher minimum grades).
Research Opportunities - ASL Interpreting B.A.
Undergraduate students in any degree program are able to participate in undergraduate research. Several options exist to show mentored undergraduate research activity on a student’s official transcript. Those who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 4914 course. This course will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of High Impact Practices and Undergraduate Research (HIPUR) is able to assist with further inquiries.
Advising Information - ASL Interpreting B.A.
For questions related to advising, please contact our advisor at ASLAdvise@usf.edu.
Plans of Study - ASL Interpreting B.A.