Columbia College Chicago

American Sign Language

Columbia's American Sign Language programs prepare you for work in the growing field of interpreting. The ASL-English Interpretation program is a four-year, full-time program in which 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

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ASL-English Interpretation, BA


Columbia’s nationally accredited ASL-English Interpretation BA program is designed for students who have an appreciation for American Sign Language and want to earn a national certification to work in the growing field of interpretation. It also provides endless opportunities for personal expression. As part of Columbia’s diverse creative community, you’ll experience a lasting connection between the Deaf community and ASL performance and visual art that you won’t find anywhere else.

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Deaf Studies, BA


Columbia’s Deaf Studies BA program—the only Deaf Studies program in the Midwest—combines insight into the cultural aspects of the Deaf community, rigorous instruction in American Sign Language, and an exposure to performance and visual art in Columbia’s creative environment. As a result, you’ll be prepared to serve as an advocate for those who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and you’ll begin your career with connections in the Deaf community in Chicago and beyond.

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ASL Studies Minor


The ASL Studies minor will provide you with an opportunity to learn American Sign Language and broaden your understanding of Deaf culture and the resources available to the Deaf community. It will also provide invaluable transferrable skills as you prepare for a career in your profession of choice.

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