ASL Interpreter Degree Program

ASL Interpreter Degree Program

ASL interpreter program

William Woods University offers the Bachelor of Science in Interpretation Studies in ASL-English online degree program to professionals who desire a career working with the deaf community. Upon completing this online ASL degree, graduates will be proficient in American Sign Language (ASL), allowing them to work in various environments and professional settings as an interpreter. Graduates will also gain a greater understanding of deaf culture and learn interpreting essentials for particular environments, including medical, educational and more. The William Woods online ASL bachelor’s degree program also pairs well with WWU’s behavioral sciences and other majors, such as education.

The demand for qualified ASL-English interpreters is traditionally high and is increasing yearly. The National Interpreter Education Center has documented a nationwide shortage of qualified interpreters. Since 2008, anyone wishing to sit for the National Interpreter Certification (NIC) must have completed a two-year degree. Now, under new National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) rules (July 2012), a four-year degree is required for anyone wishing to become nationally certified. A number of states are now discussing similar plans for state certification.

Admission Requirements

  1. Language proficiency- Applicants will be assessed by full-time campus faculty for ASL fluency through an online assessment.  The established proficiency benchmark must be met for entrance to the program.  This assessment will be waived for applicants holding current NIC certification.
  2. College/university experience- Students must have completed a two-year degree in ASL interpreting or course equivalencies as determined by program faculty prior to entry to the program.
  3. GPA requirements- Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher to start ASL program courses.

Program Courses: 

ASL 220 Ethics and Decision Making (3 credits)
ASL 316 Linguistics of Non-Manual Markers (3 credits)
ASL 425 Linguistics of American Sign Language (3 credits)
ASL 430 ASL Literature (3 credits)
ITP 211 Theory of Interpreting (3 credits)
ITP 310 Interpreting in Advanced Settings I (3 credits)
ITP 311 Interpreting Application and Analysis (3 credits)
ITP 410 Interpreting in Advanced Settings II (3 credits)
ITP 450 Senior Capstone (3 credits)
ITP 475 Internship (6 credits)
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