Program of Study

The doctoral curriculum consists of a total of 50-51 credits of coursework plus dissertation research. Students may specialize in one of two theoretical and applied areas: interpreting research or interpretation pedagogy or do a combined program.

All students must complete the following courses: INT 810 Interpreting Studies: Linguistic and Translation Dimensions, INT 812 Research Internship (residency on campus required), INT 813 Research Internship, INT 821 Interpreting Pedagogy I, INT 832 Research Internship, INT 845 Guided Research Project, and INT 833 Research Internship.

Students specializing in the pedagogy track also are required to take the following courses: INT 831 Interpreting Pedagogy II, INT 841 Doctoral Teaching Internship I, and INT 842 Doctoral Teaching Internship II (INT 831 and INT 841 require residency on campus).

Students specializing in the research track also are required to take the following courses: INT 820 Interpreting Studies: Socio-cultural Dimensions, and INT 830 Interpreting Studies: Cognitive & Psychological Dimensions.

Students taking a combination track are also required to take the following courses: INT 820 Interpreting: Socio-cultural Dimensions, INT 830 Interpreting Studies: Cognitive Psychological Dimensions; and INT 842 Doctoral Teaching Internship II.

All course work must be completed with a grade of B or better. Doctoral students also must have an ASLPI score of 4.0 or better.


Elective Courses

Students must also complete several elective graduate courses. Students work in consultation with their advisor to select elective courses. Some courses may be taken through the Consortium of Colleges and Universities. Electives should focus on aspects of theory, application, or research related to the student's professional and academic goals.

Students specializing in the pedagogy track also are required to take electives in curriculum or assessment, linguistics or translation studies, research methods or statistics, program design and evaluation, and 2 additional elective courses.

Students specializing in the research track also are required to take electives in linguistics or translation studies, research methods or statistics, sociology or anthropology or sociolinguistics, cognitive linguistics or cognitive science or psycholinguistics, research methods or statistics, and 3 additional elective courses.

Students taking a combination track are also are required to take electives in linguistics or translation studies, research methods or statistics, curriculum or assessment or sociology or anthropology or sociolinguistics, cognitive linguistics or cognitive science or psycholinguistics or research methods or statistics, and 1 additional elective course.


Qualifying Paper

During the second year of (full time) study, students seeking a Ph.D. will prepare and submit a qualifying paper. This paper will represent a substantial data based research project related to interpretation. The student will prepare a thorough review of the literature, collect and analyze data, and report on the analysis. Successful completion of the qualifying paper is required prior to commencing the dissertation proposal. Students who have graduated from the MAI program may wish to use their MAI research as a starting place.


Dissertation

Each student seeking a Ph.D. will be required to develop a dissertation committee, complete and defend a dissertation proposal, and complete a research-based dissertation on interpretation. Upon completion of the dissertation, the student will defend it before the doctoral committee.


Typical Program of Study

Typical Program of Study (Ph.D.) for research, pedagogy, and combined tracks (assuming prior completion of MAI curriculum and full time study):

 

           

Research Track
Semester Courses Prerequisites
AY 1: Fall INT 810: Interpreting Studies: Linguistic
& Translation Dimensions (3)
 
AY 1: Fall INT 812: Research Internship (1)  
AY 1: Fall Elective: Linguistics or Translation
Studies (3)
 
AY 1: Fall Elective: Research Methods or Statistics (3)  
AY 1: Spring INT 813: Research Internship (1) INT 810;
INT 812
AY 1: Spring INT 820: Interpreting Studies:
Sociocultural Dimensions (3)
INT 810
AY 1: Spring INT 821: Interpreting Pedagogy I (3) INT 810;
curriculum or
assessment
elective
AY 1: Spring Elective: Sociology, Anthropology,
or Sociolinguistics (3)
 
AY 2: Fall INT 830: Interpreting Studies: Cognitive
& Psychological Dimensions (3)
INT 820
AY 2: Fall INT 832: Research Internship (2) INT 813
AY 2: Fall Elective: Cognitive Linguistics, Cognitive
Science, or Psycholinguistics (3)
 
AY 2: Fall Elective: Research Methods or Statistics (3)  
AY 2: Fall Qualifying Paper  
AY 2: Spring INT 833: Research Internship (2) INT 832
AY 2: Spring INT 845: Guided Research Project(3) INT 810
AY 2: Spring Elective Open (3)  
AY 3: Fall INT 850: Dissertation Proposal (1-9) INT 833;
successful
completion of
qualifying paper
AY 3: Fall Elective: Open (3)  
AY 3: Fall Elective: Open (3)  
AY 3: Spring INT 900: Dissertation Research (1-9) INT 850
AY 4: Fall INT 900: Dissertation Research (1-9) INT 850
AY 4: Spring INT 900: Dissertation Research (1-9) INT 850

   


                   

Pedagogy Track
SemesterCoursesPrerequisites
AY 1: Fall INT 810: Interpreting Studies: Linguistic
& Translation Dimensions (3)
 
AY 1: Fall INT 812: Research Internship (1)  
AY 1: Fall Elective: Curriculum or Assessment(3)  
AY 1: Fall Elective: Linguistics or Translation
Studies (3)
 
AY 1: Spring INT 813: Research Internship (1) INT 810;
INT 812
AY 1: Spring INT 821: Interpreting Pedagogy I (3) INT 810;
curriculum or
assessment
elective
AY 1: Spring Elective: Curriculum or Assessment(3)  
AY 1: Spring Elective: Elective: Research Methods or
Statistics(3)
 
AY 2: Fall INT 831: Interpreting Pedagogy II (3) INT 821;
curriculum or
assessment
elective
AY 2: Fall INT 832: Research Internship (2) INT 813
AY 2: Fall Elective: Program Design and
Evaluation(3)
 
AY 2: Fall Elective: Open (3)  
AY 2: Fall Qualifying Paper  
AY 2: Spring INT 833: Research Internship (2) INT 832
AY 2: Spring INT 845: Guided Research Project(3) INT 810
AY 2: Spring INT 841: Doctoral Teaching Internship I(3) INT 821;
INT 831
AY 3: Fall INT 842: Doctoral Teaching Internship II (3) INT 841
AY 3: Fall INT 850: Dissertation Proposal (1-9)(3) INT 833;
successful
completion of
qualifying paper
AY 3: Fall Elective: Open (3)  
AY 3: Spring INT 900: Dissertation Research (1-9) INT 850
AY 4: Fall INT 900: Dissertation Research (1-9) INT 850
AY 4: Spring INT 900: Dissertation Research (1-9) INT 850

   


                   

Combined Track
SemesterCoursesPrerequisites
AY 1: Fall INT 810: Interpreting Studies: Linguistic
& Translation Dimensions (3)
 
AY 1: Fall INT 812: Research Internship (1)  
AY 1: Fall Elective: Curriculum or Assessment(3)  
AY 1: Fall Elective: Linguistics or Translation
Studies (3)
 
AY 1: Spring INT 813: Research Internship (1) INT 810;
INT 812
AY 1: Spring INT 821: Interpreting Pedagogy I (3) INT 810;
curriculum or
assessment
elective
AY 1: Spring Elective: Curriculum or Assessment(3)  
AY 1: Spring INT 820: Interpreting Studies: Sociocultural Dimensions(3) INT 810 
AY 2: Fall INT 831: Interpreting Pedagogy II (3) INT 821;
curriculum or
assessment
elective
AY 2: Fall INT 830: Interpreting Studies: Cognitive
& Psychological Dimensions (3)
INT 820 
AY 2: Fall INT 832: Research Internship (2) INT 813 
AY 2: Fall Elective: Cognitive Linguistics,
Cognitive Science, Psycholinguistics,
Research Methods or Statistics (3)
 
AY 2: Fall Qualifying Paper  
AY 2: Spring INT 833: Research Internship (2) INT 832
AY 2: Spring INT 845: Guided Research Project(3) INT 810
AY 2: Spring INT 841: Doctoral Teaching Internship I(3) INT 821;
INT 831
AY 3: Fall INT 842: Doctoral Teaching Internship II (3) INT 841
AY 3: Fall INT 850: Dissertation Proposal (1-9)(3) INT 833;
successful
completion of
qualifying paper
AY 3: Fall Elective: Open (3)  
AY 3: Spring INT 900: Dissertation Research (1-9) INT 850
AY 4: Fall INT 900: Dissertation Research (1-9) INT 850
AY 4: Spring INT 900: Dissertation Research (1-9) INT 850

Program of Study

Research Internship

For the research internship, students will work on all aspects of the research cycle with data-based interpreting research project run by an experienced scholar or group of scholars. Students will participate in this field work under the supervision of a Department of Interpretation faculty member. Student will assume increasing responsibilities on research projects, at an advanced level, as approved by their advisor. Students will also devote time to discussion of the internship with the instructor related to their research experiences, focusing both on the process and product of their work, in either independent meetings or a regularly scheduled seminar with other interns.

Teaching Internship

The teaching internship site will be in the Department of Interpretation at Gallaudet University; preparation for the teaching internship occurs in the two preceding courses in which students examine the Gallaudet curricula at the UG and G levels (our department is the only institution to offer both levels of interpreter education), compare and contrast it with other curriculums, and observe and co-teach with department faculty in the BA and perhaps the MA courses. This prepares the student to teach independently within the department for their internship, allowing faculty to supervise and provide guidance throughout the internship experience.

Qualifying Examination

Students seeking a Ph.D. will be required to prepare and submit a qualifying paper. This paper will represent a substantial data based research project related to interpretation. Students will work with a faculty advisor on the process including reviewing the literature, proposal writing, IRB approval, data collection, coding, analysis, and reporting of the data. Successful completion of the qualifying paper is required prior to commencing the dissertation proposal.

Dissertation

Dissertation Proposal

The dissertation proposal will be developed during the fall of the fourth year of study. The proposal will be developed with a faculty advisor and in the context of a 3 credit course "Developing the Dissertation Proposal" in which weekly meetings will be offered as a source of support for all doctoral students. The student proposal will include the research question, a preliminary review of the literature, detailed research design with the specific methodology, plan for coding and analysis, discussion of expected results, and a bibliography.

Doctoral Committee

During the development of the dissertation proposal process, the student will form a doctoral committee, which will be composed of a chair from the Department of Interpretation, at least one additional member from the Department of Interpretation faculty, a third member from another department or unit at Gallaudet University and fourth member from outside the university with expertise specific to the student's research topic.

Defense of Dissertation Proposal

The student will defend the proposal before the doctoral committee after the committee has read a complete and final draft. Successful defense of the proposal is required prior to commencing the research and writing of the dissertation.

Dissertation

Doctoral students will be required to prepare a data-based research dissertation on a topic accepted by the dissertation committee, as evidenced by successful defense of the dissertation proposal. The dissertation must contain a thorough and relevant literature review, description of and results of the research project itself, and a discussion of the findings and their implications that make clear the meaning of the results and their contribution to world knowledge. The dissertation work will begin in the spring of the fourth year of study.

Defense of Dissertation

Each doctoral student will defend their dissertation before their doctoral committee. Dissertation defense will most likely occur in the spring of the fifth year.

Typical Program of Study

Teaching concentration

Semester I - Fall

INT 810 Interpreting Studies: Linguistic and Translation Dimensions (3)
INT 812 Research Internship (1)
Elective in curriculum or assessment (3)
Elective in linguistics or translation studies (3)

Semester II - Spring

INT 813 Research Internship (1)
INT 821 Interpreting Pedagogy I (3)
Elective in curriculum or assessment (3)
Elective in research methods or statistics (3)

Semester III - Fall

INT 831 Interpreting Pedagogy II (3)
INT 832 Research Internship (1)
Elective in program design and evaluation (3)
Elective (3)
Complete Qualifying Paper

Semester IV - Spring

INT 833 Research Internship (2)
INT 841 Doctoral Teaching Internship I (3)
INT 845 Guided Research Project (3)

Semester V - Fall

INT 842 Doctoral Teaching Internship II (3)
INT 850 Dissertation Proposal (3)
Elective (3)

Semester VI - Spring

INT 900 Dissertation Research (1-9)

Semester VII - Fall

INT 900 Dissertation Research (1-9)

Semester VIII - Spring

INT 900 Dissertation Research (1-9)

Total: 50-74 credits

Research concentration

Semester I - Fall

INT 810 Interpreting Studies: Linguistic and Translation Dimensions (3)
INT 812 Research Internship (1)
Elective in linguistics or translation studies (3)
Elective in research methods or statistics (3)

Semester II - Spring

INT 813 Research Internship (1)
INT 820 Interpreting Studies: Socio-cultural Dimensions (3)
INT 821 Interpreting Pedagogy I (3)
Elective in Sociology, Anthropology or Sociolinguistics (3)

Semester III - Fall

INT 830 Interpreting Studies: Cognitive & Psychological Dimensions (3)
INT 832 Research Internship (1)
Elective in cognitive linguistics, cognitive science, or psycholinguistics (3)
Elective in research methods or statistics (3)
Complete Qualifying Paper

Semester IV - Spring

INT 833 Research Internship (2)
INT 845 Guided Research Project (3)
Elective (3)

Semester V - Fall

INT 850 Dissertation Proposal (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)

Semester VI - Spring

INT 900 Dissertation Research (1-9)

Semester VII - Fall

INT 900 Dissertation Research (1-9)

Semester VIII - Spring

INT 900 Dissertation Research (1-9)

Total: 50-74 credits

Combined Teaching and Research concentration

Semester I - Fall

INT 810 Interpreting Studies: Linguistic and Translation Dimensions (3)
INT 812 Research Internship (1)
Elective in curriculum or assessment (3)
Elective in linguistics or translation studies (3)

Semester II - Spring

INT 813 Research Internship (1)
INT 820 Interpreting Studies: Socio-cultural Dimensions (3)
INT 821 Interpreting Pedagogy I (3)
Elective in curriculum or assessment (3)
or
Elective in Sociology, Anthropology and/or Sociolinguistics (3)

Semester III - Fall

INT 830 Interpreting Studies: Cognitive & Psychological Dimensions (3)
INT 831 Interpreting Pedagogy II (3)
INT 832 Research Internship (2)
Elective in cognitive linguistics, cognitive science, or psycholinguistics (3)
or
Elective in research methods or statistics (3)
Complete Qualifying Paper

Semester IV - Spring

INT 833 Research Internship (2)
INT 845 Guided Research Project (3)
INT 841 Doctoral Teaching Internship I (3)

Semester V - Fall

INT 842 Doctoral Teaching Internship II (3)
INT 850 Dissertation Proposal (3)
Elective (3)

Semester VI - Spring

INT 900 Dissertation Research (1-9)

Semester VII - Fall

INT 900 Dissertation Research (1-9)

Semester VIII - Spring

INT 900 Dissertation Research (1-9)

Total: 51-75 credits

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