American Sign Language Universities
There are several colleges that offer ASL (American Sign Language) throughout the country. These programs are available at the undergraduate and graduate levels and can be found at both private and public institutions. Below, you can compare a few of these ASL colleges and universities and the degrees they offer.
|School Name||Location||School Type||Degree Level(s) in ASL|
|Vincennes University||Vincennes, IN||4-year, Public||Associate's|
|Maryville College||Maryville, TN||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's|
|Columbia College Chicago||Chicago, IL||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's|
|University of Northern Colorado||Greeley, CO||4-year, Public||Bachelor's|
|William Woods University||Fulton, MO||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's|
|Valdosta State University||Valdosta, GA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's|
|University of Rochester||Rochester, NY||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's|
|University of North Florida||Jacksonville, FL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's|
Source: National Center for Education Statistics
Sign Language Colleges and Programs
While associate's degree programs generally provide an overview of ASL and deaf studies, bachelor's degree programs begin focusing more on ASL/English interpretation. Graduate programs begin shifting to education and teaching ASL at the master's level and may explore interpreting in a broader, more general sense at the doctoral level. With all the various options for colleges for aspiring ASL interpreters, students should fully examine the program options at schools of interest to find which one meets their career goals best.
University of Northern Colorado
The University of Northern Colorado offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in American Sign Language-English Interpretation. Students in the program must complete a senior internship and capstone project and graduates of the program are usually prepared to sit for credentialing exams within a year of graduation. The program does offer a hybrid learning option with summers spent on campus and allows students to focus their studies in community interpreting or educational interpreting. Students take courses in topics like:
- Interpreting theory
- Intercultural communication
- Interpreting skills
William Woods University
William Woods University has an online Bachelor of Science (BS) in Interpretation Studies in ASL-English that is designed for those with an interpreting certificate or an associate's degree in the field. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the National Interpreter Certification (NIC) and must complete a capstone course and field practicum experiences. Coursework for the program includes topics in:
- ASL literature
- Interpreting analysis
University of North Florida
The University of North Florida offers both a BS and a Master of Science (MS) in ASL/English Interpreting. The bachelor's degree program includes service-learning opportunities and allows the last 48 hours of the program to be completed through online coursework and some on-site weekends. Students take courses in topics like:
- ASL proficiency
- Deaf culture
- Cognitive processing
- Research in interpreting
The master's degree program offers a concentration as a general practitioner or in interpreting pedagogy. The master's degree program is offered in a hybrid format.
Accredited Online American Sign Language Classes
Students or any person interested in learning ASL have a wide range of online courses and online degree program options in ASL available to them. Some of these online ASL training programs are free and help students learn the language through videos. Accredited online courses are typically offered through colleges as a part of a degree program and focus on teaching ASL from beginning to intermediate levels.