Maryville College developed the first bachelor’s degree program in interpreting for the languages of American Sign Language (ASL), spoken English and English-influenced forms of sign language in the United States. Faculty credentials include degrees in teaching interpreting, ASLTA professional certification, and National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf certification.
ASL and interpreting staff include Deaf consultants in interpreting course sessions and experienced, certified interpreting mentors. Community resources include a vibrant Deaf community, our neighbors–Tennessee School for the Deaf–local interpreting service community centers, and other employers of interpreters. A related major that focuses on the language and Deaf culture is ASL & Deaf Studies.
Sign language interpreting opens communication when people who are Deaf or Deaf-blind interact with the hearing world to buy a home, adopt a child, take a cruise, take classes, book a flight, order sushi, or interview for a job. Interpret outside at an environmental camp, youth conservation corps, summer camp, or national park. Work at a video relay center in any region of the country or interpret through video remote. The national demand for sign language interpreters far exceeds the supply. Opportunities for interpreters allow for skilled professional interpreters to direct their own businesses or thrive as staff interpreters, interpret solo or as members of interpreter teams, and specialize in different settings, such as education, health care, or legal. The major also prepares students for advanced study in Interpreting and related fields.
The Maryville Curriculum, often called the “core” curriculum, consists of 51 credit hours. Some general education requirements are waived by virtue of the student’s major; others may be met by demonstration of competence. List of Core Courses:
|Approved Existing Classes for New Core
(Other Courses to be added)
|First Year Seminar||FYS110|
|Composition & Speech||ENG110 & ENG120|
|Religion, Spirituality and Critical Thought||BIB130 or BIB140|
|Literary Studies||LIT270 or LIT290|
|Historical Reasoning||WCV180 or WCV190|
|Empirical Study of Person and Society||PSY101, SOC101, PLS211, ECN221, ECN201|
|Culture and Intercultural Dynamics||WRC370|
[Students must complete 2 courses: 1 life science and 1 physical science. One of the 2 must include a lab]
|SCI150, SCI350, BIO113, BIO115, BIO217, CHM111, CHM121, PHY101, PHY201|
|Mathematical Reasoning||STA120, CSC111, MTH125|
|Second Language||Completion of a 120 course in second language (e.g., SPN120, etc.)|
|Creative Arts||FNA140, ART102, ART121, THT101, THT204,
3 HRS in any one of:
MUSE12, MUSE13, MUSE14, MUSE15, MUSE16, ART124, ART125, ART126
|Ethical Citizenship in the World||ETH490|
|U.S. Pluralism||Designated Courses TBD|