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Deaf Communication Studies: Interpreter Studies

Associate in Applied Science Degree (FV)

Associate in Applied Science Degree in Deaf Communication Studies: Interpreter Education is a 68-credit-hour program that consists of a comprehensive, sequential and integrated series of courses intended to provide students with the necessary mastery of the theory, techniques and skills required to enter the profession of interpretation.

The Deaf Communication Studies program at St. Louis Community College is a two-year American Sign Language interpreter education program that provides the instruction and experience needed to interpret between individuals using American Sign Language and English. The program focuses on a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach to interpreting and is centered on the theory of interpretation.

Students interested in the interpreting profession can expect to expand their world view, commit to lifelong learning, meet new people and experience diverse situations within large and small group settings. The foundation of this curriculum is American Sign Language, which is the native, indigenous language of the North American deaf community. The deaf community is recognized as a linguistic and cultural minority that functions distinctly from American mainstream culture. 

Graduates of this program are prepared for entry-level, paraprofessional interpreting positions. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of interpreters is expected to increase faster than the average over the 2004-14 time period.

Persons interested in deaf communication should possess an interest in helping people.