American Sign Language - English Interpretation (ASL)
The ASL-English Interpretation major is designed for students who want to pursue careers as interpreters. The core curriculum provides a coherent plan of study through courses in American Sign Language, deaf culture, linguistics, the theories and skills involved in interpreting and transliterating, multicultural issues, and a two-semester interpreting and transliterating practicum, which includes interpreting fieldwork supervised by professional mentor interpreters. In order to be successful interpreters, students in the major at Columbia will need to acquire mastery of standard American English, fluency in American Sign Language, and familiarity with public speaking techniques, as well as sensitivity to multicultural issues and challenges in interpersonal communication.
Recommended First-Semester Classes
We recommend you try to take the following classes in your first semester as an ASL major:
- 37-1151 American Sign Language I
- 37-1252 Deaf Culture
Students with previous experience in ASL can participate in a placement examination. More information is available on the ASL website.