For more than fifteen years Columbia’s Department of ASL-English Interpretation has been teaching students how to master both language and people skills. You will study in a close-knit, multicultural environment in which you can pursue and contribute directly to the advancement of meaningful human communication and effective interpersonal interaction. We’ve assembled a core of both Deaf and hearing teachers who possess broad experience as interpreters, educators, and advocates—teachers who have developed extensive relationships with Chicago’s Deaf and interpreting communities.
Our graduates are in high demand as sign language interpreters in such fields as the performing arts, education, business, media, healthcare, and many others. More importantly, however, graduates of this program are educated professionals whose broad understanding of social and theoretical issues help frame the public’s understanding of the challenges and vibrancy of the Deaf community.
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