Columbia College Chicago

American Sign Language

Columbia's ASL-English Interpretation programs prepare you for work in the growing field of interpreting. The Bachelor of Arts (BA) program is a four-year, full-time program. You’ll complete the LAS Core Curriculum while studying ASL and Deaf culture. The Deaf Studies BA will prepare you to be an advocate for and with the Deaf community. The ASL Studies minor is open to any undergraduate student at Columbia College Chicago.

Majors & Programs

For requirements and more information about these programs, visit the course catalog.

ASL-English Interpretation, BA


As an ASL-English Interpretation major, you will take courses in American Sign Language, Deaf culture, linguistics, translation and interpretation theory, and multicultural issues. Part of the core curriculum includes a two-semester interpretation and transliteration practicum, which includes fieldwork supervised by professional interpreters. Successful students will acquire mastery of standard American English, fluency in American Sign Language, familiarity with public speaking techniques, and sensitivity to multicultural issues affecting interpersonal communications.

Deaf Studies, BA


The Deaf Studies major is designed to educate students who will become advocates for the Deaf community in the United States. You will take courses in American Sign Language, Deaf Culture, linguistics and cultural theory. During your final year as a Deaf Studies major, you will deploy your academic experience through practicums and internships, including Deaf Studies related fieldwork designed to prepare you for careers in administration, counseling, advocacy or education.

ASL Studies Minor


A minor in ASL Studies will provide you with an opportunity to master American Sign Language and broaden your understanding of Deaf culture. You will become familiar with resources available to the Deaf community, such as interpreter referral services and video relay services. You will develop a clear sense of how American Sign Language and knowledge of the Deaf community applies to your profession, increasing your marketability upon graduation.

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