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

Advance your career in the exciting field of ASL

Obtaining your degree through the William Woods University online degree completion program opens the door to advancement within a challenging, rewarding and growing field. The National Interpreter Education Center has documented a nationwide shortage of qualified interpreters, and the demand is growing every year.  Earning a bachelor’s degree as a working ASL-English Interpreter offers advancement opportunities in the areas of national and statewide certification.

Few institutions compete with William Woods in ASL related programs. Frequently ranked among the top ASL locations in the nation, we offer a unique combination of academic excellence, affordability, and community.

This program is most beneficial for:

  • Working interpreters holding a valid RID, NIC, or BEI Interpreting Certificate but want to complete a bachelor level degree.
  • Students who have completed an Associate degree in an interpreting preparation program and who have completed the necessary admission requirements but are not yet working in the field.

Students complete program courses primarily in a cohort model, developing a learning community of support. The connection between faculty in the online and on-campus programs provides a consistency of content and academic rigor. Campus faculty are involved in developing the curriculum for and teaching the courses offered in the online program. 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 eligible to sit for National Interpreter Certification (NIC) administered by the Center for the Assessment of Sign Language Interpretation (CASLI). You will gain a greater understanding of Deaf culture, learn interpreting essentials for medical, mental health, legal and other specialties, and obtain the skills necessary to work as an interpreter in a wide variety of environments and professional settings.


Courses you may take



  • Completed application
  • Hold an associates-level degree in an interpreting preparation program which includes successful completion of ASL 1-4 and Interpreting 1 and 2 at minimum OR hold current certification or ASLPI score of 2.0 or higher with relevant experience in the field of interpreting 
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher before starting program


Alternative Admission Information 

Applications who hold the following approved certifications may be considered for admission providing the applicant meets the minimum GPA requirement and has relevant work experience. Applicants must submit documentation of such certifications for formal review. 

Your digital classroom. Available anywhere.

William Woods online undergraduate programs are available to students across the country. In Missouri, our students come from Fulton, Columbia, Jefferson City, St. Louis, Kansas City, Moberly, Springfield, Ozark, Cape Girardeau, Rolla and many more locations. Beyond Missouri, our online graduates hail from California, Illinois, Kansas, Washington, Arkansas and other states.

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.

Admissions Information

Learn more about online admissions requirements, deadlines, tuition and financial aid available to you.

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