Build your future with a fascinating and vibrant community.
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 best ASL programs 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!
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.
Our Interpretation Studies in ASL degree at Work
William Woods University alumni are working as interpreters at these and other organizations:
The Whole Family Project of Kansas City
Deaf Services Unlimited
Special School District of St. Louis County
Sorenson Video Relay
Fulton State Hospital
St. Joseph School District
Snap Video Relay Service
North Dakota School for the Deaf
Missouri School for the Deaf
Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Fulton , United States