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Online Bachelor of Science in Interpretation Studies in ASL-English Degree

Your William Woods University online BS in American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation Studies degree opens the door to a challenging, rewarding and growing field with strong placement prospects. The National Interpreter Education Center has documented a nationwide shortage of qualified interpreters, and the demand is growing every year. Working as an ASL-English Interpreter offers opportunities for professional achievement, cultural growth and the satisfaction of serving others.

Few institutions compete with William Woods in ASL programs. Frequently ranked among the top ASL locations in the nation, we offer a unique combination of academic excellence, affordability, and community. Our proximity to Missouri School of the Deaf provides a rich environment for collaboration and understanding of Deaf culture and trends. As an online student, you will enjoy the benefit of this close association through our online courses and the experience of our faculty.

William Woods is also frequently ranked among the nation’s top online learning programs. We combine rigorous coursework with a student-centered, service-oriented educational environment, and our convenient, 8-week courses offer start-and-stop flexibility and affordable tuition.

Your ASL degree at work

Upon completing this online degree, you will be proficient in American Sign Language and eligible to sit for National Interpreter Certification (NIC) administered by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (NRID). You’ll be able to work in various environments and professional settings as an interpreter. You will also gain a greater understanding of Deaf culture and learn interpreting essentials for medical, educational and other specialties. This online BS in ASL English Interpreting degree also pairs well with our education, behavioral sciences and other majors.

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 program courses. Revised 4/12/2013

Courses:

ASL220

Ethics and Decision Making

3

ASL316

Linguistics of Non-Manual Markers in ASL

3

ASL425

Linguistics of American Sign Language

3

ASL430

ASL Literature

3

ITP211

Theory of Interpretation

3

ITP310

Interpreting in Advanced Settings I

3

ITP311

Interpreting Applications and Analysis

3

ITP410

Interpreting in Advanced Settings II

3

ITP450

Senior Capstone

3

ITP475

Field Practicum

6

Your digital classroom. Available anywhere.

William Woods online graduate programs are available to students across the country. From our main campus in Fulton, Missouri and beyond, our online graduates hail from California, Illinois, Kansas, Washington, Arkansas and many more.

One more thing

Compensation research firm Payscale recently ranked ASL Interpreting as the 5th most meaningful career. It’s truly an opportunity to flourish and do well by doing good.