Undergraduate Programs

Student Learning Outcomes

Bachelor of Science in American Sign Language/English Interpreting (B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science degree in ASL/English Interpreting is for students who have achieved fluency in American Sign Language and English through coursework at IUPUI and who wish to focus on theoretical and applied issues in interpreting. The program is also a continuation of the Associate of Arts degree in American Sign Language Studies offered by Vincennes University at its regional campus in Indianapolis at the Indiana School for the Deaf.

The program is also open to students who demonstrate equivalent competence in ASL, Deaf culture, and linguistics. Interested students should contact the program director at IUPUI. Students completing the ASL/English Interpreting B.S. program will achieve the following:


  • the professional code of conduct for interpreters and use acquired abilities to move toward achieving national certification.


  • define basic concepts, terminology, processes, theories, and critical perspectives in interpreting
  • describe the entire communicative situation and why fluency in the languages and the ability to know how meaning is constructed is important to interpreters.

       Ability to:

  • use ASL and English in a range of settings and styles effectively as well as know when to use simultaneous and consecutive modes of interpreting;
  • explain historical perspectives on language change, interpreting, and relations between Deaf and hearing communities;
  • describe the interrelationships between language and culture in our lives;
  • use linguistic and cultural knowledge to analyze and evaluate texts for the purposes of interpretation as well as assess interpreter effectiveness; and
  • use interpreting as a face-to-face process that is conversational in nature; managing the cross-cultural flow of talk.