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Associates Degree

  • The Sign Language Interpreter is a person specially trained to facilitate communication between the deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing communities.
  • Employment opportunities may be in educational settings, freelance, or contracted with agencies to provide interpreter services for deaf persons.
  • State certification for interpreters is required by taking the Quality Assurance Examination as issued through the Division on Deafness in the Department of Labor for the State of Michigan.
  • Not all courses in this program transfer to all colleges.
  • Students planning to transfer should see an academic advisor or counselor before enrolling in any course.


Prerequisites depend on each class, students should check the course description to determine prerequisites. Skill assessment and advising information can be found at the Assessment Center.


*Students should see course descriptions to find out when departments plan to offer courses. Students who, for any reason, are unable to follow the course sequence suggested below should contact an academic advisor or counselor for help with adjustments.

Semester I

SIGN 160
SIGN 161
Limited Choice 1
Limited Choice 1

Semester II

SIGN 162
SIGN 166
Limited Choice 1
Limited Choice 1

Semester III

SIGN 163
SIGN 167
SIGN 168
SIGN 169
SIGN 176

Semester IV

SIGN 240
SIGN 260
SIGN 261

Semester V

SIGN 250
SIGN 263
SIGN 267

Semester VI

SIGN 266
SIGN 268

Semester VII

SIGN 265
SIGN 295*

Semester VIII

SIGN 264
SIGN 295*

*SIGN 295 can be taken either semester.




Class Code/Number Class Title Credit Hours
SIGN 160 Intro to the Deaf Community 3
SIGN 161 American Sign Language I 3
SIGN 162 American Sign Language II 3
SIGN 163 American Sign Language III 3
SIGN 166 Fingerspelling 3
SIGN 167 Beginning Sign to Voice 3
SIGN 168 Conversational ASL 2
SIGN 169 Expressive/Receptive Comm 2
SIGN 176 Advanced Fingerspelling 2
SIGN 240 Interpreting/Transliterating 3
SIGN 250 Deaf Culture and History 3
SIGN 260 Linguistic Principles of ASL 3
SIGN 261 Principles of Interpreting * 3
SIGN 263 Intermediate Sign to Voice 3
SIGN 264 Advanced Sign to Voice 3
SIGN 265 Adv. Interpretg/Transliterating 3
SIGN 266 Interactive Interpreting 2
SIGN 267 Sign Internship I 3
SIGN 268 Sign Internship II 3
SIGN 295 Ind. Study in Sign Language** 1


* An interpreter screening is required after the successful completion of SIGN 163 and SIGN 167 and prior to registering for SIGN 261.

** Students may apply up to nine credits of SIGN 295 to this degree. SIGN 295 required departmental approval.


- General Education Core Areas -

Student must complete the minimum number of credits from the choices below:

Class Title Credit Hours
Communication Core Area *** 0
Global Perspectives & Diversity Core Area 3-4
Mathematics Core Area 3-4
Science Core Area 3-5
Writing Core Area 3-4

TOTAL: 12 - 17

*** Students completing REQUIREMENTS have fulfilled the requirements for this Core area.


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