Graduate School and Professional Studies
Kellogg Conference Hotel, Room 3101
Melanie Metzger, Ph.D. (Chair); Steven D. Collins, Ph.D.; Valerie L. Dively, Ph.D. ; Risa Shaw, Ph.D.; Cynthia Roy, Ph.D.; Mary Thumann, Ph.D.
The Department of Interpretation offers undergraduate and graduate programs in interpretation to educate Deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing students in the field of interpretation and prepare them for interpreting work in a variety of settings. Students learn and practice translation, consecutive interpretation and simultaneous interpretation to apply in direct, relay and/or Deaf/Blind interactions. The department prepares graduates to interact and interpret effectively with Deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, and hearing people, with an appreciation of diversity in a variety of communities in which they will work.
The department faculty are highly qualified and experienced with national and international reputations in the fields of interpretation and interpreter education. Publications and presentations based on faculty research and development work contribute to the advancement of knowledge in interpretation and interpreter education and of quality interpreting services in Deaf and hearing communities. These endeavors also contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the fields of signed language and spoken language interpretation, translation, linguistics and sociolinguistics.
All majors in Interpretation are required to pay lab fees of $100 per semester.