American Sign Language Interpreter Preparation


An effective American Sign Language/English Interpreting student should have skills in the following areas:

  • Interpersonal cross cultural communication skills recognizing the significant role of the interpreter as a liaison between two distinct people groups;
  • Proficient expressive and receptive skills enabling the major to take the entry-level exam of the certifying body of his or her choice;
  • Basic self-employed business skills helping in establishing his or her own freelancing business;
  • Cultivating ongoing spiritual and professional development;
  • Be prepared to take the written exam toward national interpreter certification upon graduation.

All students must complete the General Education core and Biblical Studies core. Total credit hours to complete the ASL/English Interpreting major must equal at least 124 credit hours.

Transfer credits for ASL performance will be contingent upon results of departmental placement testing.


Part 1. General Education Core
ASL/English Interpreting majors must select ENG 222 Genres of Deaf Literature to fulfill one of the English elective requirements of the General Education Core.
ASL/English Interpreting majors must select CDS 354 Sociological Aspects of Deaf Education to fulfill the Sociology requirement of the General Education Core.
ASL/English Interpreting majors must select CDS 275 Ethics and Decision Making to fulfill the Critical Thought requirement of the General Education Core.
Part 2. Biblical Studies Core
Part 3. ASL/English Interpreting Core
65 Credits
Deaf Studies Core (21credits):
Interpreting Core (21 credits):
Select One (3 Credits):
Part 4. Language Requirement*
16 credits
*Students who pass the in-house ASL Skills Assessment are not required to take 16 credits of language and can instead take 16 credits of general electives.
Part 5. General Electives
7 Credits