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Program Expectations

Students entering the ASLI Program can expect the following:

  • Mandatory “New Majors” meeting (approximately two weeks) prior to the start of the semester. 
  • Mid-program assessment of skill to provide detailed analysis of skill.
  • Rigorous and extremely demanding coursework, designed to simulate the demands of the profession. Course materials and activities have been selected to prepare students for both the state and national (written and performance) certification.
  • Community involvement requirement for each ASLI course. Transportation is needed to attend events off-campus. Community involvement serves as the “missing link” for students to gain language skills as they transition from ASL courses to interpreting professionals.
  • Level of respect and decorum from and when interacting with ASLI Faculty, staff and fellow classmates. Professionalism and adherence to University policies is expected both inside the classroom and when attending community events.
  • Advising each semester to ensure satisfactory progress toward graduation is maintained.  Advising is done on an individual basis as each student's course history is unique.
  • Students will be required to take and pass a Mock certification testing during their senior year.
  • Grade requirement of a C or better for ASLI majors enforced. Students that have succeeded in earning passing grades budget their time effectively. See below:
    • Budgeting Your Time
      A general rule of thumb for college classes is that you should expect to study about 2 to 3 hours per week outside class for each unit of credit. Based on this rule of thumb, a student taking 15 credit hours should expect to spend 30 to 45 hours each week studying outside of class. As a rough guideline, your studying time might be divided as follows.
If your course is: time for textbook readings (per week) time for homework (per week) time for review & test prep (average per week) total study time (per week)
3 credits 1 to 2 hours 3 to 5 hours 2 hours 6 to 9 hours