American Sign Language

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American Sign Language

Rowan College at Burlington County offers two degree programs in American Sign Language:  An Associate of Science in Deaf Studies and an Associate in Applied Science in Interpreter Education. 

The Deaf Studies program prepares students to transfer to a four-year institution to complete a bachelor’s degree in a chosen field such as education, criminal justice, allied health, or human services, where they can serve individuals who are deaf and who use ASL to communicate. 

The Interpreter Education program prepares students for entry into the field of interpreting and continuation on for a bachelor’s degree.  The field of interpreting includes interpreting in a variety of settings such as:  education, medical, mental health, legal, and anywhere people need to communicate. 

Students entering the program must demonstrate fluency in American Sign Language or complete Elementary American Sign Language I & II and Intermediate American Sign Language I & II.  Credits for Intermediate American Sign Language I & II can count as electives.

As a student in the ASL/Interpreter Education Program, you'll take Advanced American Sign Language I & II along with courses in the linguistics of ASL and the deaf culture. Interpreter training courses include introductory classes in interpreting, and interpreting from ASL to English and English to ASL, as well as a practicum.   Throughout the program students are required to attend events in the deaf community and observe interpreted events.