Department of Human Services

Bachelor of Science in Sign Language Interpreting

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Why Choose Sign Language Interpreting?

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

Today's interpreters work with a variety of deaf consumers – those who acquired American Sign Language (ASL) as their first language, those who communicate through a form of visual English and those who use a contact variety of English and ASL. Interpreters also work with a variety of hearing consumers, some of whom are familiar with American Deaf culture and the process of interpreting, and some who are communicating with a deaf person for the first time. 

SLI courses cover a variety of topics and are designed to enhance current knowledge and skills, building on the foundation that was formed in the Associate level programs. 

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

  • Continue your personal and professional growth as an Interpreter for the Deaf
  • Discover individual idiosyncrasies and methods of work
  • Take the opportunity to network with other working interpreters
  • Discuss language issues and the profession
  • Consider working world situations and dilemmas
  • Receive immediate feedback from peers and instructors on interpreting work and discussion topics

The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Inc., (RID) a national membership organization of professionals that provide sign language interpreting/transliterating services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons, provides a National Testing System which certifies qualified interpreters. Applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree in order to apply for RID certification testing. Beginning January 1, 2021, Ohio will require sign language interpreters to hold a Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Generalist Certification.  Licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state, and we have not determined if this program meets educational requirements outside of Ohio.  If you are planning to pursue professional licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please contact the appropriate licensing entity in that state to seek information and guidance regarding that state’s licensure or certification requirements.

Please visit RID’s website for more information. 

Contact Information

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

Academics and Curriculum

View Bachelor of Science in Sign Language Interpreting program information, degree requirements, and graduation planning strategies in the Academic Catalog.

The objective of this program is to prepare students to enter the field of sign language interpreting as a professional who can make a significant contribution to the deaf community and the field of interpreting for the deaf. Interpreters must be proficient in both English and American Sign Language.  

In this program, students will complete 40 semester hours of professional requirements focusing on sign language interpreting and Deafness' and approximately 24 semester hours of general education courses beyond those completed at the Associate degree level. This will vary depending on any additional general education courses previously taken.

Courses are offered through various delivery methods for maximum learning opportunities and interacting with peers, including traditional classroom meetings, online, and hybrid. On-campus classes are offered one night a week with times beginning at 5:30 to encourage full-time employment or taking other course work.

To enter the program students must:

  • Possess an Associate degree in Sign Language Interpreting
  • Have a 2.35 GPA or above
  • Contact the SLI department for an interview appointment
  • Complete an interview with the SLI program director or other faculty

2020 Sign Language Interpreting Course Sequence (PDF)

Sign Language Interpreting course descriptions

Where to Start for an Associate Degree in Interpreting

To be eligible to enter the SLI program candidates must have graduated from an Associate degree level interpreter training program. That program will provide ASL courses, deaf culture, linguistics and interpreting course work, in addition to a practicum experience year. There are several programs in the state of Ohio that have an Associate degree in Sign Language Interpreting that would serve as the basis for gaining the skills, knowledge, and degree needed to transfer to Wright State and complete the Bachelor degree. 

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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 2.5
  • Application to the program director
  • 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


Successfully complete an interview with program faculty.

ASL as a Foreign Language Requirement


American Sign Language (ASL) is the third most common foreign language used in the United States. Students at Wright State can take ASL to fulfill the foreign language requirement in their major. Two full years of language courses are offered, and students can begin taking the series of courses in any semester. In addition to sign language basics, grammar, and sentence structure, students are exposed to Deaf culture and community.  

Current Courses

  • ASL 1010 – Beginning ASL I
  • ASL 1020 – Beginning ASL II
  • ASL 2010 -  Intermediate ASL I
  • ASL 2020 – Intermediate ASL II

Coming Soon

  • Placement Assessment
  • ASL Club

Contact Information

Annie Welch, M.A.
108 X Allyn Hall
(937) 775-2075

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