Name: Fernando Oleas
The ASL/Interpreting Program
Associate in Arts Degree
Associate Degree programs DO NOT necessarily constitute the first two years of a program leading to a bachelor's degree.
This program is designed to prepare students to facilitate communication between deaf people and hearing people. Upon completion of the program students should be prepared to work in the field in a limited number of entry level positions.
The ASL classes listed below are only offered in the semester for which they are listed (a class listed for Fall semester I or II
is only offered in the fall, Spring classes are only offered in the spring).
Prerequisites or equivalent: American Sign Language 1 and 2 Recommended Labs: ASL101-A and 101-B
Fall Semester I Units
ASL 3 American Sign Language III 4
1ASL 101C American Sign Language Lab (ASL 3 Lab) 1
ASL 16 Creative Signing 2
ASL 40 Introduction to Deaf Culture 3
ASL 30 Fingerspelling I 1
*English 101 College Reading and Composition I (Plan B, Area D1) 3
*Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences (Plan B, Area B) 3
17 (ASL=11 Units; G.E. = 6 units)
Spring Semester I
ASL 4 American Sign Language IV 4
ASL 101D American Sign Language Lab (ASL 4 Lab) 1
ASL 5 Introduction to Interpreting 3
ASL 31 Fingerspelling 2 1
*Anthro 104 Human Language and Communication (Plan B, Area C) 3
*Speech 101 Oral Communication I (Plan B, Area D2) 3 15 (ASL= 9 Units; G.E. = 6 units)
Fall Semester II
ASL 6 English-to-Sign Interpreting/Transliterating 4
ASL 101E American Sign Language Lab (ASL 6 Lab) 1
ASL 10 Sign-to-English Interpreting/Transliterating 4
ASL 22 Professional Issues and Practice I 2
*Gen Ed Natural Sciences (Plan B, Area A) 3
14 (ASL= 11 Units; G.E. = 5 units)
Spring Semester II
ASL 55 Interpreting 4
ASL 65 Transliterating 4
ASL 23 Professional Issues and Practice II 2
*Gen Ed Health Education ((Plan B, Area E1) 2
*Gen Ed Physical Education Activity (Plan B, Area E2) 1 13 (ASL= 10 Units; G.E. = 6 units)
1Required for ASL/Interpreting majors; optional for non-majors.
*These classes satisfy general education requirements for an A.A. degree at Pierce College (Plan B). The units listed indicate minimum requirements.
The classes that are listed as Gen Ed instead of showing a course number indicate a general category from which students may choose any class.
The order of G.E. classes in the above schedule is arbitrary. G.E. classes can be taken at any time that is convenient for each individual student.
HOWEVER, students need to complete English 101 as early as possible due to the strong English skills required for the last year of the Interpreting Program.
Students should verify with school counselors that a specific G.E. class satisfies the graduation requirement BEFORE taking the class.
Students planning to become professional interpreters will need a B.A. or B.S . degree. If transferring to a university talk to a school counselor about General Education plans C or D.
If a student finds it difficult to take the ASL classes as scheduled above, please contact an ASL faculty advisor for part-time schedule options.
Optional Classes (offered intermittently ): ASL 15 (ASL Linguistics), ASL 25 (Conversational ASL) ASL 1 - 4, ASL 40, and Anthro104 satisfy the Humanities requirement for Pierce College general studies graduation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have an interpreting program at Pierce?
YES---we offer both ASL classes and Interpreter Education classes which lead to an A.A. degree in Interpreting. Our program has been going strong since 1979 and has been a part of the Modern Languages Department since that time.
How long does the A.A. degree program take?
The Interpreter Education Program at Pierce College is a 2-year degree program, with a pre-requisite of ASL 1 and 2, or equivalent. The required ASL classes are listed in both the Pierce College General Catalog and on-line at the Pierce College Web site under Educational Programs. Sometimes a student can only take a few classes each semester. If this is the case, we recommend the student contact either Cynthia Herbst or Darlene Wittman (Professors of ASL/Interpreting) to help advise a successful part-time schedule.
Do these classes fulfill general education requirements for graduation?
YES---ASL 1, 2, 3, 4 and ASL 40 (Introduction to Deaf Culture) have fulfilled the Humanities requirement for graduation since 1990. The required interdisciplinary course Anthropology 104 also fulfills the Humanities requirement for graduation.
Do these classes transfer to CSUs or UCs?
YES---nearly all ASL courses (both language and interpreting) are transferable to CSUs (especially CSUN) at the undergraduate level, and many ASL courses are transferable to UCs. Also many other colleges and universities throughout the United States (CSUN since 1994) recognize ASL as satisfying their foreign language requirements.
What are the job opportunities if I graduate from the program?
MANY---with the passage of new laws (such as ADA) the expansion of services and opportunities for Deaf and hard-of-hearing people has created a large market for interpreters. Opportunities for interpreting work are plentiful in the following settings (especially in southern California) : Education: *K – 12, *vocational training programs, college and universities---the National Center on Deafness at CSUN provides Deaf and hard-of-hearing students often with forty-thousand hours of interpreting each year. Community: the Greater Los Angeles Council on Deafness maintains an interpreting referral service which provides thousands of hours of interpreting each month for the local Deaf and hard-of-hearing community.
What are beginning level interpreters paid?
The rate of pay for beginning level interpreters in southern California ranges between
$10 - $15 per hour, with highly qualified interpreters commanding $30 - $40 per hour.
*These areas require National Certification