BA in Linguistics - ASL/English Interpreting Concentration
The linguistics major consists of linguistics courses designed to foster a deep understanding of human natural language, including an appreciation of the structure and organization of natural languages, the variety of natural languages, the commonalities that underlie the vast apparent differences among languages, the processes of language acquisition in children, the psychological and neurological bases of language use, and the form and significance of social variation in language.
The goals of the linguistics major are 1) to help each student develop an understanding of the nature of natural language, 2) to help each student develop a foundation of more specialized expertise relevant to the student’s career goals, and 3) to help each student compile a record of achievement that will facilitate the student’s search for employment or further education.
The ASL/English interpreting concentration is intended for students who wish to become nationally certified ASL/English interpreters.
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In addition to the requirements listed in the BA, the following items are necessary for the ASL/English Interpreting Concentration:
ASL 301, 302, or 303
One of LIN 405, 413, or 498; or six credits of LIN 425 (topics) courses
LIN 435 (six credits)
Total: 51 or 54 credits
Students pursuing the English ASL/interpreting concentration must have taken four semesters of ASL (101-202) or have attained a level of proficiency equivalent to four semesters. These courses (or the equivalent) do not count as credits toward the major, but are prerequisites to the interpreting courses and upper-level ASL courses.
Honors for ASL/English Interpreting Concentration:
- Achieve a G.P.A. of at least 3.7 in LIN and ASL courses.
- Complete the following additional LIN courses with a grade of 'B' or higher: LIN 311, 312, 314, 315, and 490
Suggested four-year plan for Linguistics Majors, ASL/English Interpreting Concentration:
There are many possible paths through the major. The listings below are suggestions that may or may not be appropriate for individual students. Courses do not have to be taken in the order shown here so long as the prerequisites for each course are met before it is taken.
See the departmental catalog listing for course prerequisites. Note especially that students must earn at least a 'B' in LIN 185 before enrolling in LIN 311, 312, 313, 314, or 315.
Note that many of the suggested semester schedules listed here do not make up a full course load. These semesters would need to be filled out with general education courses, electives, a minor, or possibly a second major.
ASL/English Interpreting Concentration:
(course in italics is required for Deaf Studies Minor)
- Fall 1: LIN 105, ASL 101
- Spring 1: ASL 102, LIN 203, LIN 185
- Fall 2: LIN 310, LIN 313, ASL 201
- Spring 2: LIN 422, ASL 202
- Fall 3: ASL 401
- Spring 3: ASL 402, LIN 331
- Fall 4: LIN 332, LIN 333, LIN 334
- Spring 4: LIN 435 (six credits)
- ASL 301/302/303 and LIN 425 can be fit in to various places. Note that LIN 331 can be taken in the same semester as ASL 202. This option is good for transfer students and students who declared the major after the first year, because it allows for the interpreting courses to be taken a year earlier than indicated above.
To help students plan their academic careers, we try to offer courses on a regular cycle. This is difficult and we cannot always offer courses when we, or our students, would most like them to appear. So, this listing should not be mistaken for a promise to offer any particular course in any given semester. Nevertheless, to the extent we can, we try to keep to the plan laid out below.
Offered every fall:
- ASL 101, 201
- ASL 401
- LIN 105
- LIN 185
- LIN 201 (or every other fall)
- LIN 310
- LIN 311 (or every other fall)
- LIN 313
- LIN 332
- LIN 333
- LIN 334
Offered every spring:
- ASL 101, 102, 202
- ASL 402
- LIN 185
- LIN 203
- LIN 312 (or every other spring)
- LIN 331
- LIN 422
- LIN 435
Offered once a year, semester varies, sometimes summer:
- ASL 301 or 302 or 303
- LIN 315
- LIN 410
Offered once every two years in the fall:
- LIN 211
- LIN 213
Offered once every two years in spring:
- LIN 212
- LIN 314
- LIN 421
- LIN 490
Offered every semester as independent learning options:
- LIN 395
- LIN 398
- LIN 498
Offered irregularly, depending on demand:
- LIN 405
- LIN 425
- LIN 426