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American Sign Language, B.Sc.

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  • 48 months
    Duration
Bloomsburg, PA, United States
This American Sign Language program at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania is intended for students seeking to become American Sign Language (ASL)/English interpreters for the deaf/hard of hearing, preparing them for a variety of jobs settings such as legal, educational, medical, etc.
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Overview

It's an austere and highly competitive course of study, requiring copious amounts of hands-on training that is obtained through in-class practice and personal interaction with the local Deaf population.

A combination of empirical knowledge as well as practical application will be employed in order to achieve the level of excellence required in this field. BU's American Sign Language (ASL)/English Interpreting program has 30 students per graduating class each year.

This American Sign Language program at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania provides specialized training for students seeking to become American Sign Language interpreters. In addition to learning to interpret, students also receive strong education in deaf culture and related communication issues.

As an ASL/English interpreting major, you'll take six semesters of ASL courses and learn about the linguistics of ASL and the deaf culture. Interpreter training courses include introductory classes, translation, transliteration, and interpreting in consecutive and simultaneous interpreting, as well as a seminar and practicum.

Career Preparation

You'll take courses in public speaking, history, education and guidance for the deaf, practical grammar and usage, with elective courses in visual and gestural communication, interpreting in the education setting, oral and tactile interpreting.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations of Writing 
  • Practical Grammar and Usage 
  • Public Speaking
  • Introduction to Interpreting
  • Pre-Interpreting Skills 
  • Translation
  • Consecutive Interpreting 
  • Special Topics in Interpreting 
  • Simultaneous Interpreting 
  • Advanced Simultaneous
  • Interpreting 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    65

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    500

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Complete International Undergraduate Application, which allows you to apply as an international student. 
  • An application fee of $60 is required for international applicants.
  • An Official English Language Test (TOEFL or IELTS) 
  • Official Transcripts Official transcripts from a high school or other secondary school in English are required and must have the official seal of the institution.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22760 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11380 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    22760 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11380 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    10956 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5478 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Bloomsburg

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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