The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

American Sign Language and Interpretation (Communication Studies), Bachelor of Science

This program prepares students to work in the American Sign Language (ASL) and Interpretation field. Our mission is to prepare entry-level practitioners capable of managing the intercultural demands and complex cognitive tasks for conveying dynamically equivalent messages between ASL and English. Upon successful completion of the degree students will demonstrate foundational competencies in the areas of language, understanding the culture of the Deaf community and demonstrating professional behaviors for sign language interpreters. Graduates will be eligible for state and national ASL interpreter certification.

The Communication Studies concentration is for students seeking to interpret for large and small audiences. Students will be able to demonstrate effective nonverbal and verbal presentational speaking abilities (including effective eye contact, vocal variety and body movement, and clear organizational structure). 
 

Core Curriculum - 42 hours

The Core Curriculum serves as a broad foundation for the undergraduate degree. All candidates for a bachelor’s degree must achieve core student learning outcomes, including communication, critical thinking, empirical and quantitative skills, teamwork, personal responsibility and social responsibility, by completing courses within each category or component area of the Core Curriculum as outlined below.

The University has approved specific courses that satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements. Approved courses can be found on the Core Curriculum Page. Students seeking the most efficient way to complete the core curriculum and major or minor requirements are advised to take approved courses that can fulfill both requirements. Although core curriculum courses can also be used to fulfill major or minor requirements, earned credits hours are only applied once. The courses listed below fulfill core curriculum and major requirements. Students who have completed a core curriculum category with courses other than those listed below will still be required to take the listed course(s) to meet major requirements.

050 Creative Arts - 3 hours

THTF 1310Theatre Appreciation

3

090 Integrative and Experiential Learning - 6 hours

COMM 1315Public Speaking

3

Major Requirements - 78 hours

Required Courses - 57 hours

American Sign Language Core - 18 hours

ASLI 1310American Sign Language I

3

ASLI 1320American Sign Language II

3

ASLI 2310American Sign Language III

3

ASLI 3310American Sign Language IV

3

ASLI 3320American Sign Language V

3

ASLI 3323Foundations of Deaf Culture

3

American Sign Language Interpretation Foundation - 39 hours

ASLI 3325Interpreting I

3

ASLI 3330Ethical Standards and Practices

3

ASLI 3335Comparative Linguistics

3

ASLI 3340Introduction to Classifiers

3

ASLI 3345Interpreting II

3

ASLI 3350American Sign Language Literature

3

ASLI 3355Interpreting Artistic Texts

3

ASLI 3360Diversity in the Deaf Community

3

ASLI 4315Interpreting III

3

ASLI 4320Interdisciplinary Interpreting

3

ASLI 4325Introduction to Interpreting Research

3

ASLI 4330Interpreting IV

3

ASLI 4335Interpreting Practicum

3

Communication Studies Concentrations - 21 hours

COMM 1311Introduction to Communication

3

COMM 1318Interpersonal Communication

3

COMM 3316Intercultural Communication

3

COMM 3333Theories of Communication

3

COMM 3335Advanced Public Speaking

3

COMM 3345Gender and Communication

3

COMM 4309Nonverbal Communication

3

Total Credit Hours: 42

Total Credit Hours: 120

Major Admissions Requirements

Admission requirements required for this program beyond university admission requirements. 

Admission Requirements:

  1. Students are eligible to apply to the program when they have completed 45 semester credit hours towards the degree. The 45 semester credit hours must include the following courses and must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better to be officially admitted to the program:
    1. ASLI 1310
    2. ASLI 1320
    3. ASLI 2310
  2. Students must complete 60 hours towards the degree to be officially admitted to the program.
  3. The cumulative GPA for the 60 hours completed towards the degree must be 2.8. The GPA will be calculated using all institutional and transfer coursework applicable to the degree.
  4. ASLI 3310 may be in progress at the time of application but must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better to be officially admitted to the program.

Major Graduation Requirements

Specific graduation requirements required for this program beyond university bachelor’s degree requirements. 

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Students must complete all ASLI major courses with a grade of ‘C ‘or better.
  2. Students must complete all concentration courses with a grade of ‘C’ or better.