American Sign Language and Interpretation

About the American Sign Language and interpretation major

The Bachelor of Science in American Sign Language/English interpreting will educate you on becoming a community interpreter with analytical skills, a breadth of knowledge, and an ability to combine and synthesize the diverse and complex aspects of human language behavior in contemporary society. You'll learn various models of translating and are expected to engage with the deaf community of Indianapolis. This major prepares students to enter the profession of interpreting upon graduation.

Skill and abilities this major develops: interpreting, cultural competency, communication, writing, and critical thinking skills (IU School of Liberal Arts, 2017).

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • ASL for interpreters
  • English to ASL
  • History and culture of the deaf community
  • Introduction to interpreting
  • Practicum
  • Theory and processing of interpreting

Possible careers

  • Audiologist*
  • Educator
  • Employment counselor
  • Health care interpreter
  • Social worker
  • Speech therapist

*This career requires additional training or education.

Where could I work?

  • Administration
  • Business
  • Freelance
  • Indiana School for the Deaf
  • IU Health
  • Law

Arts, Humanities, and Human Services Cluster

This major is part of the Arts, Humanities, and Human Services (AHHS) cluster. The AHHS cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in art and design, education, general studies, journalism, liberal arts, and social work. The AHHS cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools. 

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