The Southwestern Illinois College Sign Language Studies/Interpreter Training program prepares students to work as interpreters for the deaf or hard of hearing community.
Sign Language interpreting is a highly specialized field requiring an in-depth course of study as offered at SWIC. While the foundation of the curriculum is a commitment to American Sign Language, the professional sign language interpreter is a service provider who must be able to adjust to a broad range of consumer preferences for interpretation along a broad spectrum of communication.
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Southwestern Illinois College offers both a two-semester Sign Language Studies certificate and a two-year Associate in Applied Science Sign Language Studies degree program.
Sign Language/Basic Communication Certificate
Sign Language/Basic Communication Certificate (0024A) Course Sequence
This is an 18-credit hour, two-semester certificate program consisting of sign language courses only.
Those who want a concentrated program of study in only Sign Language courses may enroll in the certificate program. Upon successful completion of the required courses, the student is awarded a certificate of program proficiency.
Sign Language Studies: Interpreter Degree
Sign Language Studies: Interpreter Associate in Applied Science Degree (0024) Course Sequence
This is a 67-credit-hour, two-year degree program which can be completed in four semesters and consists of:
- 17 credit hours of general education courses
- 50 credit hours of sign language courses
The curriculum includes communication, social science, SLS interpreting technical courses and assigned field experiences.
General Education Courses
For the degree program, general education courses can be completed prior to beginning sign language studies courses. These courses can be taken at the Belleville, Sam Wolf Granite City or Red Bud campuses. If general education courses are not completed prior to admission, they must be completed during the semesters indicated. Prerequisites may be required for some courses. Refer to the Class Search link in eSTORM.
Sign Language Studies Courses
Certain courses are only offered once a year, therefore it is highly recommended to meet with the program coordinator to develop a schedule for completing the degree requirements in the proper sequence. Courses are offered in the day or evening at the Belleville Campus only. A grade of “C” or better is required for all courses in the degree.
Field experience courses are completed off campus at various deaf/hard-of-hearing community events. Students will be required to travel outside of the college district for field experience courses and may be required to have background checks and/or drug testing prior. Field experience begins in the second semester of the two-year program.
Sign Language Studies Programs Mission and Goals
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