Major code AA5003
Office of Regional Higher Education
Ohio University Lancaster
Brasee Hall 324
1570 Granville Pike
Lancaster, OH 43130
Becky Brooks, contact person
Ohio University-Lancaster offers a two-year program in Deaf studies and interpreting leading to an Associate in Applied Science. This degree provides educational and experiential coursework to prepare students for entry-level interpreting positions. Upon successful completion of the program, students may apply for a license from the Ohio Department of Education to be a sign language interpreter in kindergarten through 12th grade public school settings. Other career opportunities include working in a business, agency, or as a freelance interpreter.
No requirements beyond University admission requirements.
Change of Program Requirements
No selective or limited admission requirements.
External Transfer Admission
No requirement beyond University admission requirements.
Opportunities Upon Graduation
Students can find entry-level interpreting positions in educational settings, interpreting agencies, or set-up a small business to contract interpreting services. Students may be interested in furthering his/her education with a bachelors degree in interpreting or by taking workshops in legal, medical, or mental health interpreting.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the deaf studies and interpreting major, students will be able to demonstrate:
- Language proficiency in American Sign Language, written, spoken, and signed English
- Understanding of the multiplicity within the Deaf community including history, cultural norms and values, communication practices and community resources.
- At least entry level competency in different modes of interpreting and transliterating (simultaneous and consecutive) and different target language forms (e.g., ASL, spoken or signed English, tactical language) in order to transfer a message from the source language into the target language.
- Applied knowledge of ethical and culturally competent decision making, professional standards, the NAD-RID Code of Professional Conduct and multicultural sensitivity as they relate to the work of interpreters in various contexts.
- The ability to critically assess their own work and use creative problem-solving to continually develop themselves.
- The attitudes and skills expected of professionals including the ability to apply critical and creative thinking skills as well as participation in professional organizations.