Department of Linguistics
BA in Linguistics - ASL/English Interpreting Concentration
The ASL/English Interpreting Concentration is intended for students who wish to become nationally certified ASL/English interpreters.
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For the USM ASL Club's Maine Deaf Film Festival, visit: www.mainedeaffilmfest.com
LIN 105 Contrastive Analysis: ASL and English
LIN 185 Language, Mind, and Society: An Introduction to Linguistics
LIN 310 Signs of Language in the Brain
LIN 313 Syntax
LIN 422 A Cognitive Perspective on Syntax
LIN 331 ASL/English Interpreting
LIN 332 Consecutive Interpreting and Deaf/Hearing Interpreter Teams
LIN 333 Interpreting: Source Language ASL
LIN 334 Interpreting: Source Language English
LIN 410 Ethical Decision Making in ASL/English Interpreting
ASL 301 ASL Literature in ASL, or ASL 302 ASL Linguistics in ASL, or
ASL 303 Deaf Art, Film, and Theater in ASL
ASL 401 Advanced American Sign Language I
ASL 402 Advanced American Sign Language II
One of LIN 405 Sight Translation, 413 Supervised Mentoring, or 498
Thesis; or six credits of LIN 425 Special Topics in ASL/English
LIN 435 (six credits) Advanced Interpreting and Practicum I
Total number of credits: 51 or 54 (depending on choice of 405/413/498
or six credits of LIN 425)
Students pursuing the English ASL/Interpreting Concentration must have taken four semesters of ASL (101-202) or have attained a level of proficiency equivalent to four semesters. These courses (or the equivalent) do not count as credits toward the major, but are prerequisites to the interpreting courses and upper-level ASL courses.
Honors for ASL/English Interpreting Concentration:
Linguistics majors who do outstanding work in the major can graduate with honors in linguistics. The requirements for Honors for students in the ASL/English Interpreting Concentration are the following:
- Achieve a G.P.A. of at least 3.7 in LIN and ASL courses.
- Complete the following additional LIN courses with a grade of 'B' or higher: LIN 311, 312, 314, 315, and 490
Notes on General Education Requirements
In addition to completing a major, students must satisfy USM's General Education (Core Curriculum) requirements and receive a total of at least 120 credits to graduate. Here we make notes on General Education requirements that overlap with the major in Linguistics with a Concentration in ASL/English Interpreting or General Education courses that we recommend for students majoring in Linguistics with this concentration.
Quantitive Reasoning: One of the requirements for Honors in Linguistics is LIN 490. This course has a statistics course (MAT 120 or PSY 105) as a prerequisite. Therefore, you should take a statistics course to meet the Quantitative Reasoning requirement, if you are considering pursuing Honors in Linguistics. If not, you can take any course in the Quantitative Reasoning category.
Cultural Interpretation: Each of ASL 102, 201, and 202 fulfills this General Education requirement.
Socio-Cultural Analysis: LIN 185 meets this requirement.
Diversity: LIN 185 also meets this requirement (and can be used to fulfill both requirements).
Capstone: LIN 435 is a capstone course.
Minor or Thematic Cluster: Students can meet this requirement with the Deaf Studies minor. However, in order for a minor to satisfy the General Education requirement, there must be no more than 1/3 overlap with the major. This means that four courses that count toward the minor must not also count toward the major. ASL 201 and 202 are prerequisites for the major, but not part of it. LIN 203 (Introduction to the Deaf World) is recommended, but also not part of the major. These three courses count toward the minor without overlapping with the major. In order for the minor to meet the General Education requirement, students need one additional course that meets the minor and doesn't overlap with the major. (A good option is one of ASL 301/302/303; the major requires only one of these, so a second one can be taken toward the minor.)
Suggested four-year plan for Linguistics Majors, ASL/English Interpreting Concentration:
There are many possible paths through the major. The listings below are suggestions that may or may not be appropriate for individual students. Courses do not have to be taken in the order shown here so long as the prerequisites for each course are met before it is taken.
See the course list for course prerequisites. Note especially that students must earn at least a 'B' in LIN 185 before enrolling in LIN 313 (or LIN 311, 312, 314, 315).
Note that many of the suggested semester schedules listed here do not make up a full course load. These semesters would need to be filled out with general education courses, electives, a minor, or possibly a second major.
(course in italics is required for Deaf Studies Minor)
- Fall 1: LIN 105, ASL 101
- Spring 1: ASL 102, LIN 203, LIN 185
- Fall 2: LIN 310, LIN 313, ASL 201
- Spring 2: LIN 422, ASL 202
- Fall 3: ASL 401
- Spring 3: ASL 402, LIN 331
- Fall 4: LIN 332, LIN 333, LIN 334
- Spring 4: LIN 435 (six credits)
ASL 301/302/303 and LIN 425 can be fit in to various places. Note that LIN 331 can be taken in the same semester as ASL 202. This option is good for transfer students and students who declared the major after the first year, because it allows for the interpreting courses to be taken a year earlier than indicated above.
To help students plan their academic careers, we try to offer courses on a regular cycle. This is difficult and we cannot always offer courses when we, or our students, would most like them to appear. This listing should not be mistaken for a promise to offer any particular course in any given semester. Nevertheless, to the extent we can, we try to keep to the plan laid out below.
Offered every fall:
- ASL 101
- ASL 201
- ASL 401
- LIN 105
- LIN 185
- LIN 310
- LIN 313
- LIN 332
- LIN 333
- LIN 334
Offered every spring:
- ASL 101
- ASL 102
- ASL 202
- ASL 402
- LIN 185
- LIN 203
- LIN 331
- LIN 410
- LIN 422
- LIN 435
Offered once a year, semester varies, sometimes summer:
- ASL 301 or 302 or 303
Offered once every two years in fall:
- LIN 211
- LIN 213
- LIN 311
Offered once every two years in spring:
- LIN 212
- LIN 312
- LIN 314
- LIN 315
- LIN 421
- LIN 490
Offered every semester as independent learning options:
- LIN 336
- LIN 394
- LIN 395
- LIN 398
- LIN 498
Offered irregularly, depending on demand:
- LIN 405
- LIN 425
- LIN 426
- Tuition Reduction for New England Out-of-State Students
- ASL and Interpreting Resource Links
- Audiology and SLP Resource Links
- Maine Deaf Film Festival
- USM ASL Club facebook page
- USM Library Resources for Linguistics
- USM Linguistics on Google Scholar
- PBS: Kegl & birth of Nicaraguan Sign Language
- Startup company: USM Linguistics and Vital Text Systems
- Simple Syntax Tree Generator
- Typing IPA Symbols