Our Mission Statement
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 professional sign language interpreter.
Overview of the American Sign Language Interpreting Program
This program is designed to prepare students to effectively interpret between American Sign Language and English (spoken & written). Sign language interpreters work in a vast array of settings such as: social service agencies, 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.
At the University of Houston, ASL language courses are taught by Deaf professors so that students experience both a cultural and linguistic immersion in the classroom setting. Interpreting courses are taught by interpreter educators who have expertise in training individuals to meet state and national certification standards. Throughout their 4-year program of study, students will interact with professional interpreters and members of the Deaf community. SUccessful graduates of the ASLI program are fluent in both English and American Sign Language, demonstrate an understanding of the profession and its ethical principles 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 (BEI) certification exam so as to gain employment in a growing field of high demand.
For more information, 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.