Bachelor of Science in Sign Language Interpreting


photo of a student

The Department of Human Services in the College of Education and Human Services offers a Bachelor of Science in Sign Language Interpreting (SLI), designed for students who have previously completed an associate’s degree in sign language interpreting or the equivalent. 

In this program, students will complete 40 semester hours of professional requirements focusing on sign language interpreting and Deafness and about 24 semester hours of general education courses beyond the associate’s degree.

The Value of a Bachelor’s Degree in Sign Language Interpreting

The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc., (RID), a national membership organization of professionals who provide sign language interpreting/transliterating services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons, provides a National Testing System which certifies qualified interpreters. Recently, RID has mandated that all applicants obtain an associate’s degree by the year 2008 and a bachelor’s degree by the year 2012.

Therefore, you cannot apply for RID certifications without an associate’s degree by 2008 or a bachelor’s degree by 2012.

Your salary as a sign language interpreter can vary greatly if you are or are not certified by RID.

Please visit RID’s website for more information. 

Contact Information

Barbara Dunaway
108T Allyn Hall
(937) 775-4166/2075


Admission Requirements

  • Associate degree’s in Sign Language Interpreting or the equivalent
  • Cumulative minimum GPA of 2.35
  • Baseline proficiency of American Sign Language as determined by the Sign Language Interpreting faculty of the Department of Human Services

Admission Process

New Transfer Students:


Apply to the University.


Successfully complete an interview with program faculty.