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Career Opportunities|Division of Communication Disorders

Work as an ASL Interpreter or Teacher

ASL the language of the Deaf community in the United States and Canada. Students can acquire conversational competency through the courses offered in the Division of Communication Disorders. Even one ASL course will increase awareness of another language, particularly one that is communicated in such a different way from spoken languages. In addition, basic vocabulary, gestural messaging, and key word signing is helpful for working with young children and anyone who has trouble communicating orally.

ASL is required as part of the major in the Bachelor of Science in Speech, Language, and Hearing Science. ASL counts as foreign language credit in some departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. Deaf Studies meets the USP Cultural Context and Diversity Studies requirements. Students should contact their advisors to find out if ASL can fit in their courses of study.

Students can take three courses of ASL (SPPA 2110, 2120, and 4130) in the Division of Communication Disorders. Students can further improve their signing skills by enrolling as lab assistants in SPPA 4140. Students can learn about the Deaf community through SPPA 4070. SPPA 2110 and 2120 are in high demand. For these two courses, students must register on the waitlist and are then moved into classes based on priority. Priority enrollment is given to SPPA Majors followed by class standing. If a student takes a sign language course from another program, it usually transfers. Contact Todd Corbett for transfer and placement information. The Office of the Registrar may require a copy of the course description or syllabus for official transfer credit.

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