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2020-2021

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Policy and Entrepreneurship for American Sign Language-English Interpreters

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Applied Science: American Sign Language, English Interpretation (Reynolds Community College)
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Program description

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies: Policy and Entrepreneurship for American Sign Language-English Interpreters focus is designed to provide a pathway to a bachelor’s degree for American Sign Language-English Interpreters who intend to seek advanced workforce credentials. The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies is an individualized and interdisciplinary program for students who wish to create an individualized curriculum not available in traditional curricular pathways within existing VCU degree programs. This pathway provides an individualized route for aspiring interpreters who want their ASL/IE expertise to be informed by coursework in finance, policy, educational issues, and other topics relevant to the deaf community and the work our students will do after graduation. In our increasingly complex global economy, 21st-century professionals need to have creative and entrepreneurial skills and be agile learners who can navigate the pace of career changes with confidence. The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree is one way to hone those skills as you explore the academic areas that match your passions and future plans.

Career opportunities

A majority of full-time ASL-English Interpretation positions in the Commonwealth are found in the K-12 public school setting. The minimum requirement to work as an ASL-English Interpreter in the K-12 setting in Virginia is a VQAS Level III, an EIPA of 3.5 or higher, or National Interpreting Certificate (NIC) certification. Those interpreters who attain NIC certification may also consider freelance and contract interpreting opportunities, including the expanding fields of video relay service (VRS) and video remote interpreting (VRI), which both utilize interactive video technology via the Internet.

Bachelor-level job titles
  • Court Interpreter
  • Disability Advocate
  • Educational Interpreters
  • Freelance/Community Interpreter
  • Medical Interpreters
  • Sign Language Interpreter
  • Video Relay Interpreter
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • N/A
Contact information

 

VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

If you would like to meet with a Transfer Center advisor,please fill out our online advising request form.

Please sign-up for this Transfer Map by completing the Letter of Interest.

Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Completion of associate degree
Minimum GPA of 2.5
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better

Degree requirements in Bulletin
Plan of study in Bulletin

    To be designed in consultation with your academic advisor

Highest level of math required
  • MATH 131
Science required
  • Core only
Foreign language requirements
  • No
Additional tuition/fees
  • No
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.0

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2020-2021

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Policy and Entrepreneurship for American Sign Language-English Interpreters

Reynolds Community College (Associate of Applied Science: American Sign Language, English Interpretation)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNINGGET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITYBUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCEGET REAL EXPERIENCEPREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
ExploreYear 1
  • Apply to the Reynolds Pathways Program.
  • Attend Reynolds orientation (SOAR).
  • Register for SDV 101: Orientation to American Sign Language and Interpreter Education.
  • Use Navigate to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester.
  • Understand how you will fund your education by taking advantage of free financial aid counseling.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Schedule an appointment with the ASL&IE Program Head each semester and cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Create LinkedIn profile.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Visit career services to begin cultivating your own virtual brand across all social media profiles.
  • Browse careers related to ASL and English Interpretation through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Develop personal and career goals and create SMART steps for 2-3 "dream jobs."
  • Create, upload and update your resume to the College Central Network.
ExperienceYear 2
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities.
  • Continue to partner with diversity leader/ facilitator/ mentor to move towards cultural competence.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Apply to the Reynolds Pathways Program.
  • Attend Reynolds orientation (SOAR).
  • Register for SDV 101: Orientation to American Sign Language and Interpreter Education.
  • Use Navigate to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester.
  • Understand how you will fund your education by taking advantage of free financial aid counseling.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Schedule an appointment with the ASL&IE Program Head each semester and cultivate relationships with your professors.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Create LinkedIn profile.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Visit career services to begin cultivating your own virtual brand across all social media profiles.
  • Browse careers related to ASL and English Interpretation through the Virginia Wizard.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Develop personal and career goals and create SMART steps for 2-3 "dream jobs."
  • Create, upload and update your resume to the College Central Network.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities.
  • Continue to partner with diversity leader/ facilitator/ mentor to move towards cultural competence.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.

Course equivalent
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2020-2021

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Policy and Entrepreneurship for American Sign Language-English Interpreters

Reynolds Community College (Associate of Applied Science: American Sign Language, English Interpretation)

Reynolds Community College courses
CourseTitleEquivalent courseCreditsRequirements
SDV 101Orientation to American Sign Language and Interpreter EducationUNIV 1011Elective
ASL 101American Sign Language IFRLG 1014Elective
ASL 102American Sign Language IIFRLG 1024Elective
ASL 115Fingerspelling and Number Use in ASLFRLG 1XX2Elective
ASL 201American Sign Language IIIFRLG 2013Elective
ASL 202American Sign Language IVFRLG 2023Elective
ASL 208ASL for Classroom SettingUNIV 2XX3Elective
ASL 220Comparative Linguistics: ASL and EnglishFRLG 2XX3Elective
ASL 225Literature of the Deaf CommunityFRLG 3XX4Major
ASL 261American Sign Language VFRLG 3XX3Major
ASL 262American Sign Language VIFRLG 3XX3Major
ENG 111College Composition I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENG 112 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement.UNIV 111-1123General education
INT 107Translation SkillUNIV 2XX4Elective
INT 130Interpreting: An Introduction to the ProfessionUNIV 2XX3Elective
INT 133ASL to English Interpretation IUNIV 2XX3Elective
INT 134English to ASL Interpretation IUNIV 2XX3Elective
INT 233ASL to English Interpretation IIUNIV 2XX3Elective
INT 234English to ASL Interpretation IIUNIV 2XX3Elective
INT 237Interpreting ASL in Safe SettingsUNIV 2XX3Elective
INT 250Dialogic Interpretation IUNIV 2XX3Elective
INT 280Interpreter Assessment PreparationUNIV 2XX3Elective
INT 290Coordinated Internship in Interpreter EducationUNIV 2XX3Elective
ITE 115Introduction to Computer Applications and ConceptsINFO 160, 161, 1623Elective
MTH 154Quantitative ReasoningMATH 1313General education
PSY 230Developmental PsychologyPSYC 3043Major
HLT/PEDPersonal WellnessVCU equivalent1Elective
Reynolds credits transferred to VCU77
VCU courses
CourseTitleCreditsRequirements
UNIV 200Inquiry and the Craft of Argument3General education
Humanities/Fine ArtsSelect 1: ENGL 215, HIST 201, HUMS 250, MASC/INTL 151, PHIL 201, PHIL 250, RELS 108, WRLD/INTL 203, WRLD 230 3General education
Social/Behavioral ScienceSelect 1: ANTH/INTL 103, ECON 101/INTL 102, GSWS 201, INTL 101, HUMS 300, POLI 103, POLI/INTL 105, PSYC 101, SOCY 101 3General education
Natural/Physical ScienceSelect 1: BIOL 101, BIOL/ENVS 103, CHEM 110, ENVS 201, FRSC 202, INSC 201, PHYS 103 3General education
UNIV 301Interdisciplinary Theory and Practice3Major
UNIV 303Interdisciplinarity in the Professional World3Major
UNIV 492Independent Study (e.g., Interpreter Observation Hours)3Major
UNIV 493Internship (Mentoring Internship)3Major
UNIV 499BIS Capstone3Major
Four pathway elective courses (select 4 from the following list): ANTH 328, BUSN 323, BUSN 329, EDUS 300, EDUS 301, EDUS 305, FIRE 301, MGMT 321, POLI 310, PSYC 340, PSYC 410, URSP 306. 12Major
Upper-level electives from the College of Humanities and Sciences (300- or 400-level) 9General education
Credits completed at VCU48
Bachelor's degree total125
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