The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs in interpretation to prepare hearing, deaf, and hard of hearing students for entry-level interpreting work in a variety of settings. Settings include medical, educational, business, mental health, and legal interactions where there may be also direct, relay, and/or DeafBlind interpretation. The department prepares graduates to interact and communicate fluently with deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing people, with an appreciation of diversity in deaf and hearing communities.
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. Seven experienced full-time faculty members with national and international reputations teach and advise students in the program. The MA program offers two concentrations. The department also offers a Ph.D in Interpretation as well.
The multi-faceted mission of the Department of Interpretation & Translation is to: