B.A. in Interpretation

Gallaudet University is the only university in the world that offers both an undergraduate and a graduate degree in ASL-English Interpretation, centered around the department's award-winning interactive interpretation laboratory. Gallaudet provides a unique opportunity for interpretation majors to live, study, and interact with Deaf people from the United States and around the world.

The B.A. in Interpretation (BAI) program consists of a comprehensive, sequenced, and integrated series of courses and experiences that are intended to provide students with knowledge, fieldwork, techniques and interpreting skills in interactive interpreting in legal, education, medical, business, government and mental health settings. The interpreting internship varies from student to student. The BAI program mainly is in a four-year format and consists of 39 credits in the major, which includes coursework, fieldwork and field internship. Students take supporting courses in ASL and Deaf studies, biology, business, communication studies, linguistics and psychology, Part-time study is also available. To be accepted into the BA in Interpretation program you must complete an additional application.

Deaf and hard of hearing prospective students must be accepted into the undergraduate students programs in order to apply for the BAI program. Hearing prospective students must be accepted into the hearing undergraduate students (HUGS) program in order to apply for the BAI program.

Declaring a Major

Requirements for Admission to a Major in Interpretation

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:

  • Must complete the pre-major courses of BIO 105, LIN 101, and INT 101
  • Submission of a minimum of two letters of recommendation by current and/or former instructors/professors/employers.  One letter should cite sign language skills.
  • An ASLPI score of 3.0 or higher
  • Official transcript with a 2.75 or higher cumulative grade point average
  • Submission of a DVD of an applicant's current language abilities in American Sign Language and English, following the instructions given in the B.A. in Interpretation application DVD.

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.

  • Submission of a minimum of two letters of recommendation by current and former teachers/professors/employers.  One letter should cite sign language skills.
  • An ASLPI score of 3.0 or higher.
  • Official transcript with a 2.75 or higher cumulative grade point average in their recent education experience, whether in a high school or college.
  • Submission of a DVD of an applicant's current language abilities in American Sign Language and English, following the instructions given in the B.A. in Interpretation application DVD.

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:

  • Incoming freshmen with 24 or fewer credits along with meeting the BA in Interpretation admissions requirements may need four years of undergraduate studies to complete their BA in Interpretation degree.
  • Current undergraduate students and transfer students with 25-55 credits along with meeting the BA in Interpretation admissions requirements and some General Studies requirements may need three years of undergraduate studies to complete their BA in Interpretation degree.
  • Current undergraduate students and transfer students with 56 or more credits and a successful completion of INT 101 Introduction to Interpreting (3), INT 223 Interactive Discourse Analysis (3), LIN 263 Introduction to the Structure of ASL (3), BIO 105 Introduction to Human Biology (4) and most General Studies requirements, along with meeting the BA in Interpretation admissions requirements may need two years of undergraduate studies to complete their BA in Interpretation degree.

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.

BA in Interpretation Students with Transfer Credits

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.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing BA in Interpretation Applicants

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

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 Hearing Undergraduate Students. Information on the BAI application process can be found at the Interpretation Department website www.gallaudet.edu/interpretation.html.

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