American Sign Language Interpreting Program
100 Clinical Research Services
University of Houston
Houston, Texas 77204-6018
Phone: (713) 743-4140
VP: (832) 413-6262
Program Background & Mission Statement
The proposal for a new Bachelor of Arts in American Sign Language Interpreting (UC 9271 07S) was endorsed by the Undergraduate Council on April 18, 2007 and subsequently approved on February 6, 2009, effective January 1, 2009, by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
The mission of the American Sign Language Interpreting program at the University of Houston is to ensure that students develop the requisite linguistic, interpersonal, and professional skills needed so as to smoothly transition into the role of a professionally certified sign language interpreter.
Overview of the American Sign Language Interpreting Program
The University of Houston American Sign Language Interpreting (ASLI) program is designed to prepare undergraduates to successfully interpret between American Sign Language and English (spoken & written). A sign language interpreter serves as a communication liaison in a vast array of settings such as: K-12 schools, colleges & universities, courtrooms, hospitals, community agencies, television programs and video relay call centers. This field is one of high demand and the need is ever-growing for qualified interpreting professionals. For information about this career, visit http://www.discoverinterpreting.com/?career_FAQ.
ASL language courses are only taught by native users of ASL. Interpreting courses are taught by highly experienced Faculty who possess commitment to student achievement. Throughout their program of study, students will have the ability to not only interact with professional interpreters but also with members of the Deaf community. Graduates of the ASLI program must be proficient in both English and American Sign Language and will have completed all University of Houston requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree.
The goal of the program is for graduates to be qualified to pass the Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (Texas) and/or Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (National) certification exams.
For more information on the ASLI program, please click on the link for general information. You may also visit the link to our admission criteria as well as the curriculum and the courses offered.