Oakland Community College 


Associate in Applied Science (SLI.AAS)

   In this program, leading to a Sign Language Interpreter Associate in Applied Science degree, the student will gain knowledge of the Deaf community, culture and language, with emphasis on interpretation. The program is designed to train students to be qualified sign language interpreters. Successful completion of the program requirements qualifies the student to take interpreter certification exams. Satisfactory achievement on a certification exam is required by the State of Michigan Deaf Person’s Interpreter Act (1982 PA 204 Amended 2007) prior to becoming employed as an interpreter. The policies and procedures regarding progression and retention in the sign language interpreter program, certification exam information, and State of Michigan registration requirements are provided to students after enrollment in SLS 2050. In addition to tuition, students will incur additional expenses related to supplies, travel, and certification exam application.

   Students must maintain a C+ or better in all required Sign Language Interpreting Program courses, including required supportive courses, in order to advance from course to course and ultimately obtain the Sign Language Interpreter Associate in Applied Science degree.
   Students must complete ENG 1510 and ENG 1520 prior to enrollment in SLS 2050.

Major Requirements Credits
SLS 1000 American Sign Language (ASL) I 3
SLS 1001 Orientation to Deafness 2
SLS 1010 American Sign Language (ASL) II 3
SLS 1020 American Sign Language (ASL) III 3
SLS 1030 American Sign Language (ASL) IV 3
SLS 1050 Linguistic Principles of ASL 3
SLS 1100 Fingerspelling and Number use in ASL 2
SLS 1150 Beginning Sign to Voice 3
SLS 1211 Non-Manual Communication 2
SLS 1501 Deaf Culture and History 3
SLS 1550 Intermediate Sign to Voice 3
SLS 2050 Principles of Interpreting 3
SLS 2100 Advanced Fingerspelling and Number Use in ASL 2
SLS 2150 Advanced Sign to Voice 3
SLS 2250 Interpreting and Transliterating 3
SLS 2450 Interpreting and Transliterating II 2
SLS 2800 Interactive Interpreting 3
SLS 2900 Sign Internship 2
Required Supportive Courses Credits
ENG 1510 Composition I 3
ENG 1520 Composition II 3
Recommended Elective
ANT 1540 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
MED 1103 Medical Terminology 3
PSY 2510 Introduction to Psychology 3
SLS 1040 American Sign Language (ASL) V 3
SLS 1045 American Sign Language (ASL) VI 3
SLS 2910-2919 Topics in Interpreting 1-3
SOC 2510 Sociology 3
See degree requirements for an Associate in Applied Science degree.
● Course may be used to meet General Education requirements.