American Sign Language (ASL) is a unique, visual language of the Deaf community and is the fastest-growing language offered at colleges. ASL is a different modality where signs are made by moving the hands combined with facial expressions. Communication is essential for people to express their language regardless of the modality. Courses at College of DuPage focus on learning the language and the culture of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.
In addition to learning a new language and culture, College of DuPage currently offers ASL certification, Interpreting certification, and an Interpreting Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree. Professional interpreters have opportunities for jobs in the profession such as interpreting in education, medicine, law, business, and so forth. American Sign Language Interpreters are in high demand in the workforce.
The American Sign Language Interpreting (ASLI) program at College of DuPage provides rich opportunities to learn American Sign Language from native ASL signers and certified interpreters. Students will develop proficiency in ASL and Interpreting during the program which includes formal classroom instruction, small group practice, and practical experiences.
Students who successfully complete the ASL certificate may apply for selective admission to the American Sign Language Interpreting Certificate or Degree program.
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