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B.A. in American Sign Language & Interpreting

BA in American Sign Language & Interpreting

Residential Program

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The field of interpreting is experiencing exponential growth, and skilled professional interpreters are in demand.

Our Bachelor of Arts in American Sign Language and Interpreting program will equip you with the knowledge and skillset to bridge communication and cultural gaps as an effective professional ASL/English  interpreter.

The initial two years consist of general education courses and language learning (ASL):

  • general education courses
  • development of linguistic (American Sign Language) and cultural competencies related to the Deaf community
  • Introduction to the interpreting profession

In the final two years, students will…

  • synthesize the interpreting skillset by first working on intralingual cognitive processes which they will build into interlingual practice.
  • complete the Virginia Quality Assurance Screening (VQAS) with the goal of being qualified interpreters in the state of Virginia and other regions sharing reciprocity
  • participate in interpreting Practicum and Internship, which may include working with the university’s own interpreting services agency (Liberty University Interpreting Services),  the university’s Washington Fellowship, or at various locations nationwide

Throughout the entire program, students will….

  • apply a biblical worldview to linguistic, cultural, and ethical studies
  • gains community partnership through our American Sign Language Club and ASL Honor Society
  • demonstrate professionalism both in class and in the field through composure, appearance, and professional/ethical interactions

This degree is offered through the Department of Modern Languages.

Academic Information

Program of Study (DCP)

Admission Requirements

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Courses You Could Take

  • ASLI 101: American Sign Language I
  • ASLI 212: Theory and Application of Fingerspelling and Numbers
  • ASLI 310: Deaf Studies
  • ASLI 405: ASL Linguistics

Career Opportunities

  • Educational interpreting
  • Video relay services
  • Corporate interpreting
  • Freelance interpreting
  • Various other life situations

What Our Students are Saying

“Not only are the professors here talented, wise, and experts in the field of signing, they are willing to engage each student one on one and meet each individual and help them through each struggle.”– Ann Haldeman, ASLI major

“I love being deaf and I will never change that. …I want to help hearing and deaf people understand each other and not feel any different because we all are people and one race and in God’s image. I always look forward to going to the ASL class and it is always my favorite class and the teachers are so much fun and loving teachers!”
– Jennifer Lieb, Studio and Digital Art major

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