Graduate School and Professional Studies
Dr. Melanie Metzger, Chair
Kellogg Conference Hotel, Room 3101
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 entry-level interpreting work in a variety of settings. Settings include medical, educational, business, and government, interactions where there may be direct, relay, and/or Deaf/Blind interpretation. The department prepares graduates to interact and interpret effectively with deaf, hard of hearing, 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 developmental 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 languages and spoken language interpretation, translation, linguistics and sociolinguistics.
The BA in Interpretation (BAI) and MA in Interpretation (MAI) programs provide an interdisciplinary approach to interpretation, accompanied by a state-of-the-art interpreting laboratory and extensive fieldwork. The BA program focuses on face-to-face, interactive, community interpreting, and thus a dialogic approach to interpreting. The MA program focuses on both interactive and monologic approaches to interpreting with an increased emphasis on theory and research.
Current Gallaudet University students:
May apply for admission to the B.A. in Interpretation major. Criteria considered for admission in the B.A. in Interpretation includes:
Prospective hearing students not yet enrolled at Gallaudet University
May apply as a new hearing undergraduate with declared major in interpretation, with a BA in Interpretation Student Contract at Gallaudet.
More information about the BA in Interpretation application process, with a BA in Interpretation Student contract, can be found at the undergraduate admissions website at http://admissions.gallaudet.edu/Academics/majors/Interpretation.htm.
Below is a list of criteria for certain groups of BA in Interpretation applicants:
To continue in the program students are required to maintain grades of B or higher in all INT courses required for the B.A. in Interpretation major. Students are required, at their own expense, to successfully pass RID's National Interpreter Certification Knowledge written exam or RID's Certified Deaf Interpreter written exam by December 1 during their last academic year in the interpretation program. For test information, visit www.rid.org/education/testing.
If you are a transfer student, following is information on a transfer student and financial assistance. With a transfer student's three years of undergraduate studies at Gallaudet University, the maximum number of transfer credits for requesting a financial assistance is 56 transfer credits. With a transfer student's two years of undergraduate studies at Gallaudet University, the maximum number of transfer credits for requesting a financial assistance is 80 transfer credits. If the number of your transfer credits is above the maximum number, you can work with your BA in Interpretation advisor to determine which transfer credits will be counted towards your Gallaudet graduation degree.
When Deaf and hard of hearing BA in Interpretation applicants are accepted as new undergraduate students at Gallaudet, they then can apply for the BA in Interpretation program and declaring major in interpretation. Information on the undergraduate application can be found at the undergraduate admissions website admissions.gallaudet.edu. Information on the BA in Interpretation application process can be found at the Interpretation Department website www.gallaudet.edu/interpretation.html.
Hearing BA in Interpretation applicants can apply, as new hearing undergraduate with declared major in interpretation, with a BA in Interpretation student contract. Information about the BA in Interpretation application process, with a BA in Interpretation student contract, can be found at the undergraduate admissions website at admissions.gallaudet.edu/Academics/majors/Interpretation.htm.
Hearing BAI applicants who are current hearing undergraduate students without a declared major in interpretation (HUGs) at Gallaudet can apply for the BAI program and declaring major in interpretation. Information about the hearing undergraduate program (HUG) can be found at the undergraduate admissions website admissions.gallaudet.edu/Admissions/HUG/. Information on the BAI application process can be found at the Interpretation Department website www.gallaudet.edu/interpretation.html.
No Minors are offered.