Sign Language Interpreting

Why study sign language interpreting?

Students who study sign language interpreting will gain the bilingual framework and cognitive processing training needed to succeed in the art and science of interpreting in a variety of settings.

  • Augustana's program has national accreditation through the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education (CCIE) — one of only 13 bachelor degree programs in the country to achieve this honor.
  • This major values a foundation of liberal arts, sciences, professional education, research, and practicum, as well as extensive knowledge of and flexibility in American Sign Language (ASL) and English.
  • The program has been developed in accordance with the Conference of Interpreter Trainers (CIT) recommended course of study.
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Sign Language Interpreting at AU

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Sign Language Interpreting at AU


Graduates secure careers in medical, legal, educational, performance, Video Relay Service (VRS) and community events interpreting.

Hands-On Learning

Internship and practicum opportunities include:

  • Grate Interpreting
  • InterpreCorps
  • Interpreter Services, Inc. (ISI)
  • Surrounding school districts
  • Website building
  • Certification research

Courses & Organizations

During their time at Augustana, students must pass the intermediate level of the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) and a spoken English assessment to be admitted into the sign language interpreting program.

Students take courses in ASL and interpreting as well as Native American studies and theatre.

Sign language interpreting students often participate in:

  • ASL Fall Carnival
  • Burst of Sign
  • Volunteer interpreting
  • Terp Talks Project
  • Augustana Deaf Awareness
  • ASL coaching or immersion
  • Teacher's ASL assistant