Bachelor Of Arts In American Sign Language And Interpretation
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Transfer Credits
Up to 75% of the Degree Total can be Transferred to Liberty
Next Start Date
Jan 18, 2021
Accreditation
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Prepare to Serve the Deaf Community with Our B.A. in American Sign Language and Interpretation Degree

You have a heart for the deaf community, and our Bachelor of Arts in American Sign Language and Interpretation degree will prepare you with the interpretation skills you need to serve and advocate for the deaf as a Champion for Christ. As the most widely used sign language in North and Central America, as well as a large part of Africa, the field of American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation, is growing tremendously. Skilled interpreters are in demand by video relay services, churches, schools, medical offices, and other organizations, and our bachelor’s degree in ASL interpretation will give you the training you need to become a professional interpreter dedicated to integrity and excellence. 

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“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


Why Choose Our Bachelor’s in American Sign Language Degree?

At Liberty University, we give you the foundation you need to serve as an American Sign Language interpreter who understands and advocates for Deaf community and culture – in all its varieties. But we also want to prepare you with the skills you need to minister to the Deaf community. When you earn your degree at Liberty, you can be confident that your courses are taught from a Christian worldview by professors who are passionate about living out their faith. You will study with both Deaf and hearing professors, and they will mentor you throughout your degree program and as you begin your career. 

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What Will You Learn in Our American Sign Language Bachelor’s Degree Program?

In the first two years of your B.A. in American Sign Language and Interpreting program, you will take general education and introductory ASL courses designed to lay the foundation for your degree. Then you will explore the history and culture of the American Deaf community, preparing you to interact, serve, and advocate for the Deaf. As you finish your degree, you will have a practicum and an internship that might include working with Liberty University’s Interpreting Services, with the Washington Fellowship, or various other organizations nationwide.

Because our mission is to Train Champions for Christ, our ASL interpreter program emphasizes integrity and ethical behavior in both interpreting and in life. Our ASL classes are taught from a biblical worldview and will give you the tools you need to integrate your faith into your professional and personal life. Whether you want to use your American Sign Language skills in full-time ministry or professional interpreting, our bachelor’s in ASL interpretation will prepare you to share the love and truth of Christ with compassion wherever God calls you. 

Featured Courses

ASLI 101 – American Sign Language I

ASLI 212 – Theory and Application of Fingerspelling and Numbers

ASLI 310 – Deaf Studies

ASLI 405 – ASL Linguistics

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Highlights of Our Bachelor’s in American Sign Language and Interpretation Degree Program

  • ASLI (American Sign Language and Interpreting) students have the opportunity to minister and work in Guatemala serving with the Guatemalan Deaf Ministries while earning their degree. 
  • Small class size offers you the chance to engage with professors on a one-to-one basis and develop a great relationship with the faculty in both your core and general education classes.
  • You’ll have the chance to get real-life experience for your future career through a hands-on practicum and internship.
  • Join our ASL Club and develop your language skills while participating in fun activities with other ASLI majors and faculty members. 
  • Participate in silent dinners and church services that will help you get to know our local Deaf community. 
  • Learn from our experienced Deaf and hearing faculty members who are passionate about mentoring you on your ASL journey. 

Our Bachelor of Arts in American Sign Language and Interpretation Degree Information

Career Opportunities for Graduates of Our ASL Interpreter Program

  • Educational Interpreting
  • Video Relay Services
  • Corporate Interpreting
  • Freelance Interpreting

Admission Requirements for Our Undergraduate Degree Programs

Every application is reviewed by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis, meaning there are no set minimums for acceptance. However, all applicants must submit the following documents* for admission:

  • Admission application
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Official college transcripts (if applicable)
  • SAT, ACT, or CLT scores
  • Admission essay

*Note that additional documentation may be requested by the admission committee after your application has been received.