Alumni eNewsletter: Openings for Hearing Undergraduate Students (HUGs) and Department of Interpretation expands program offerings (Archives)

It is a tradition at Gallaudet. Children of our alumni choose to attend their parents' alma mater. This longstanding tradition is part of what makes Gallaudet the unique place it is.

Now this tradition is opening up in new ways. The Department of Interpretation recently expanded its well-established M.A. in Interpretation program, to include a B.A. in Interpretation (BAI) program for deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing students interested in a career as an interpreter. A bachelor's degree is becoming a necessity in the interpreting field. Gallaudet offers a state-of-the-art program in a bilingual environment that prepares interpreters by pulling from educational, medical, business, and government settings to interpret simultaneously and consecutively, and to engage in the growing field of translation.

Further, the department has openings for hearing undergraduate students (HUGs) who want to major in a field other than interpreting and get their bachelor's degree in this unique bilingual setting. The department has many majors and programs to fit their learning needs, as well.

For more information about the Department of Interpretation, check out the website at or contact Dr. Val Dively, BAI program coordinator at Visit the Admissions website,, for more information on the HUG program and for admissions procedures for the BAI program. The HUG and BAI admissions counselor, Melba Goodwin, can be contacted at

These programs make it possible to continue the tradition in which alumni send their deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing children to their alma mater. Keep the tradition alive!

Posted: 12 Mar 2010

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