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Bachelor's Degrees in Interpretation Studies in ASL-English (BS or BA)

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Your William Woods University bachelor’s degree in Interpretation Studies in American Sign Language (ASL) 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, personal growth and cultural enrichment.

Few institutions compete with William Woods University in American Sign Language education. Frequently ranked among the top ASL locations in the nation, we offer a unique combination of academic excellence, affordability, and community. Our walkable proximity to Missouri School for the Deaf provides a rich environment for hands-on experience, collaboration and understanding of Deaf culture and trends.

The beauty of American Sign Language interpreting is that you can choose a schedule and lifestyle that meets your needs and desires — whether that is a daily schedule, such as interpreting at a school, or something different everyday, such as community interpreting, where you are at a medical appointment in the morning and a counseling session in the afternoon and interpreting a concert in the evening. Or a combination of both!

Special opportunities:

  • Communicate and interpret between American Sign Language (ASL) and English
  • Join other ASL students in experiences all over the world. In the past, we’ve taken students to Deaf history locations in London, Paris and Rome
  • Gain practicum experiences in educational, medical, vocational and other settings
  • Work directly with students at the Missouri School for the Deaf, the local Deaf community, and Deaf instructors and tutors
  • Utilize our state-of-the-art interpreting lab equipped with Apple workstations and large-screen monitors for language development, as well as for editing videos of student language and interpretation work
  • Every year, students are selected to participate in one of the country’s largest interpreting conferences, held at Lake of The Ozarks, Mo.
  • Internship opportunities all over the country, to allow you to network with professionals in the area you wish to work upon graduation
  • Join extracurricular learning experiences including the ASL Honor Society and the Hands Up club on campus
  • Learn about the William Woods University online bachelors in interpretation studies in ASL-English degree

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) is awarded to students who complete a double major or a major and minor and ASL coursework.

Upon completing this 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 (RID). You will 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.

ASL Interpreting career opportunities

William Woods University alumni are working as interpreters at these and other organizations:

  • The Whole Family Project of Kansas City
  • Access Interpreting
  • Deaf Services Unlimited
  • Special School District of St. Louis County
  • Sorenson Video Relay
  • Fulton State Hospital
  • St. Joseph School District
  • Snap Video Relay Service
  • Deaf Expressions
  • North Dakota School for the Deaf
  • Deaf, Inc.
  • ZVRS
  • Purple Communications
  • Missouri School for the Deaf
  • Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Perspectives

The professors, hands down, are phenomenal. I was thinking about an internship as an interpreter. My ASL professor said, ‘You can do this. You’re ready.’ And you know what? She was right.

— Darian Lightfoot, B.S. in Interpretation Studies, ’14 Interpreter, Activist

Requirements/Curriculum

Courses you may take

ASL 101

Career Seminar in ASL Studies

3.00

ASL 120

Deaf Culture -D

3.00

ASL 220

Ethics and Decision Making - E

3.00

ASL 345

American Sign Language VI

3.00

ASL 425

Linguistics of American Sign Lang

3.00

ASL 430

ASL Literature

3.00

ITP 211

Theory of Interpretation

3.00

ITP 217

Comparative Translation

3.00

ITP 301

Interpreting I

3.00

ITP 310

Interpreting in Advanced Settings I

3.00

ITP 351

Interpreting II

3.00

ITP 375

Interpreting III

3.00

ITP 380

Interpreting IV

3.00

ITP 410

Interpreting in Advanced Setting II

3.00

ITP 450

Senior Capstone

3.00

ITP 451

Field Practicum I

3.00

ITP 452

Field Practicum II

3.00

Bachelor of Arts Curriculum

The Bachelor of Arts in ASL - English Interpreting degree at William Woods University consists of 122 distinct credit hours for graduation—including 51 core major credits, 3 required English elective credits, 3 required elective credits, a minor, and a year of a foreign language.

Bachelor of Science Curriculum

The Bachelor of Science in ASL - English Interpreting degree at William Woods University consists of 122 distinct credit hours for graduation—including 51 core major credits, 3 required English elective credits, and 3 required elective credits.


Admissions Information

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