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FAQs - ASLI Majors

1. WHAT MAKES THIS PROGRAM SO UNIQUE?

The University of Houston ASLI Program is committed to excellence. Each course builds from the previous one so you can receive a well-rounded educational experience.  Class size is kept small so that detailed attention can be given to you throughout the program. This program is tailor-made each year for each group of students accepted so it is constantly changing and evolving. The program has unique partnerships with community organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Houston Astros, Houston Rockets, Hobby Center and Theatre Under the Stars, Main Street Theater, Communication Axess Ability Group, and the Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (ODHHS).  This will ensure you have a rich experience. 

2. WILL I HAVE ACCESS TO A LANGUAGE LAB TO PRACTICE?

UH ASLI maintains its own computer and language lab.  You will also have access to an ASL tutor during the week.  Students in language and interpreting courses need more than just class time to develop linguistic skills. By visiting the lab, you will receive the most value for the course.

3. I’M ALREADY CERTIFIED – CAN’T I JUST TEST OUT OF THESE COURSES?

UH currently has an option for students to test out and earn college credit for ASLI 1301, 1302, 2301 and 2302 courses only. Certified and non-certified students can request testing for college credit. You must be a UH student to earn such credit.  To learn more, click here.

 4. WHAT IF I HAVE ALREADY TAKEN ASL OR INTERPRETING COURSEWORK?

The UH ASLI courses are uniquely designed and the content reflects the Tier One status of the University of Houston.  For ASL courses, community college coursework or coursework from other universities MUST be evaluated by faculty review of the syllabus for each course.  For interpreting coursework, it might be accepted by the University as a transfer credit but it will not waive the interpreting courses listed on the degree plan.  You will still need to take the courses as listed on the degree plan.

5. CAN I TAKE CLASSES ONLINE?

The ASLI Program believes that face-toface instruction is the best way to deliver course content and make sure you develop the needed language, professional and interpersonal skills.  The Program does not currently offer any coursework online. 

 6. I'M A TRANSFER STUDENT.  WHEN SHOULD I TRANSFER TO UH?

You should transfer to UH after completing 30 hours of General Education courses (English, Math, Science, Government, History and Visual Arts).  ASLI courses offered at UH have a specialized content and are only offered ONCE per academic year so failing to follow the sequence will disrupt your academic progress and delay graduation.

7.  WHAT IS YOUR SERVICE LEARNING OR INTERNSHIP COURSE LIKE?

You will enroll in ASLI 4489 your final semester as an ASLI major.  Your faculty member is responsible for determining your placmeents and will guide you thru the application and placement process.  Class will be held twice per week so you can de-brief with your peers and faculty member about assignment-related issues.  Each week, you will need to complete approximately 20 hours of internship activities in order to earn the necessary hours.  You will end the course by performing a capstone interpretation where the community is invited to observe your professional growth.