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.
For requirements and more information about these programs, visit the course catalog.
In 1993, the Department of American Sign Language–English Interpretation offered the first bachelor’s degree of its kind in Illinois. Today, the stature of our nationally-accredited program and our connection to the Deaf community are unmatched in the Midwest. As one of our students, you’ll become an advocate for the Deaf and hard-of-hearing as well as an effective cultural and linguistic mediator in a vibrant, growing field.
As a Deaf Studies major, you'll learn how to be an advocate for and with the Deaf community in the United States to promote equality in all aspects of life for all. The curriculum provides a coherent plan of study through courses in American Sign Language, Deaf Culture, linguistics, cultural theories, and practicums involved within the Deaf community. During your final year, you'll take on an internship, which includes fieldwork related to Deaf Studies and a capstone.
The ASL Studies minor gives you the opportunity to master American Sign Language at a communicative level. You’ll also become familiar with the resources available in the Deaf community, such as interpreter referral services and video relay services, and you’ll be able to use those resources in your own profession.
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