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American Sign Language English Interpretation BA – Courses & Requirements

Course of Study

  • This bachelor's degree is a 120 credit (80 credits within the major + 40 credits of Liberal Arts Core) program requiring 12 consecutive semesters (fall, spring, and summer) to complete. The interpreting courses are sequenced and offered once per year, so if you need all 80 credits of INTR courses, it will take the full four years to complete the program.
  • If your ASL competency places you above ASL V and you have transferable courses within the major, you may be able to complete the program in less than four years. If you are a working interpreter holding interpreting credentials (RID, ED:K-12, or 4.0+ on the EIPA performance and passed the EIPA written) and have 21 or more Liberal Arts Core credits to transfer in, the most common entry point is Intro to Consecutive Interpreting: Skill Development in the summer of Year 2. This entry point may allow you to complete the program in as few as seven semesters.
  • Upon being accepted into the program, you will be assigned an advisor who will assist you in determining your personalized plan of study based on your ASL competency and any credits being transferred in to UNC.
  • Year 1 and 2 focus on developing your ASL and English skills.
  • Year 3 and 4 focus on developing your interpreting skills. Beginning in Year 3, you will take 18 credits of specialized coursework honing your ability in your chosen emphasis (Community interpreting or Educational Interpreting).
  • You must pass all major courses (INTR course prefixes) with a B or better.

Year-Round Mostly Online Program

  • Online Courses in Fall and Spring: ASLEI courses are fully online in the fall and spring semesters. You will participate in structured courses using an online learning management system with assignments and due dates. The time of day you do coursework is up to you as long as your work and your interactions with peers and staff are completed on time. Please view the
  • Hybrid Courses in Summer: Additionally, you will take accelerated hybrid ASLEI courses in the summers. This consists of two weeks online in June followed by four weeks on campus. You will take 6-7 credits providing intensive language, knowledge, and/or interpreting preparation. While on campus during the summer semester, you will be in face-to-face classes from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on weekdays with daily and weekend assignments.
    All on campus and online students will receive an annual Summer Logistics Packet providing information on traveling to Colorado and UNC, on campus accommodations, and other resources to help you plan a four weeks on campus visit. Most out-of-state students stay in one of UNC's residence halls (approximately $1,000 for the month) and purchase a meal plan through dining services.

Courses and Requirements for Graduation

Required ASLEI Courses (62 Credit Hours)

INTR 101 ASL V (3)

INTR 102 ASL VI (3)

INTR 103 ASL VII (3)

INTR 111 ASL Linguistics (3)

INTR 112 Theory and Practice of Interpreting (3)

INTR 113 Discourse Analysis (3)

INTR 115 Portfolio Assessment I (1)


INTR 205 ASL Self Directed Lab (1)

INTR 210 ASL and English Contrastive Analysis (2)

INTR 211 Critical Thinking and Analysis Skills for Interpreters (3)

INTR 215 Portfolio Assessment II (1)

INTR 220 Introduction to Consecutive Interpreting (3)

INTR 311 Community and Identity: A Service Learning Experience (2)

INTR 312 Intercultural Communication (3)

INTR 315 Portfolio Assessment III (1)

INTR 320 Introduction to Simultaneous Interpreting (3)

INTR 321 Consecutive Interpreting Skills Lab I (2)

INTR 322 Consecutive Interpreting Skills Lab II (2)

INTR 323 Simultaneous Interpreting Skills Lab I (2)

INTR 330 Observation-Supervision I (2)

INTR 331 Observation-Supervision II (2)

INTR 401 Professional Decision Making for Interpreters (3)

INTR 415 Portfolio Assessment IV (1)

INTR 425 Simultaneous Interpreting Skills Lab II (2)

INTR 426 Simultaneous Interpreting Skills Lab III (2)

INTR 492 Internship for Interpreters (3)

Emphasis Area COurses (18 Credit Hours)

Community Interpreting Emphasis

INTR 405 Supervision of Interpreting Systems (3)

INTR 406 Leadership in Interpreting (3)

INTR 440 Introduction to Community Interpreting (3)

INTR 441 Community Interpreting Skill Development 1 (3)

INTR 442 Community Interpreting Skill Development 2 (3)

INTR 443 Interpreting Via Distance Technologies (3)

Educational Interpreting Emphasis

INTR 430 Interpreting in K-12 (3)

INTR 431 K-12 Classroom Environment (3)

INTR 432 K-12 Interpreting Skills Development I (3)

INTR 433 K-12 Communication Assessment (3)

INTR 434 K-12 Interpreting Skills Development II (3)

INTR 405 Supervision of Interpreting Systems (3) OR INTR 406 Leadership in Interpreting (3)

Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Coursework (40 credit hours)

UNC requires a set of courses intended to provide a core of liberal arts knowledge and skills that will make you a continual learner across disciplines. Many of these courses will hopefully be fulfilled from your transferred credit. you can complete the general educational courses either at UNC or transfer them from the accredited institution of higher learning of your choice.

LAC Categories & Credits Required
  • Area 1: Communication/Composition (6 hours)
  • Area 2: Mathematics (3) *STAT 150 is preferred but not required
  • Area 3: Arts & Humanities (6-9 hours from 2 subcategories)
  • Area 4: History (3)
  • Area 5: Social & Behavioral Sciences (3-6 hours) *Must include SOC 100
  • Area 6: Physical & Life Sciences (7)
  • Area 7: International Studies (3)
  • Area 8: Multicultural Studies (3)

Waiver of Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Requirements

Individuals with an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or a Bachelor’s degree (regardless of date of completion) from a regionally accredited public institution in the State of Colorado, will have their Liberal Arts Core requirements waived.

Individuals with an out-of-state or private institution degree will qualify for a waiver of Liberal Arts Core requirements if they have successfully completed at least one course in each of the following areas: Communication (Area 1), Mathematics (Area 2), Arts & Humanities (Area 3), History (Area 4), Social & Behavioral Sciences (Area 5), and Physical & Life Sciences (Area 6). If these requirements are not met, the student will need to fulfill the requirements of the Liberal Arts Core in full by the time of their UNC graduation.

Taking Prerequisites or LAC Courses Online

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Credits Required:
Time to Completion:
4 years (12 terms)
$405/credit hour

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What Students Say

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"The ASLEI program is top notch and I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of it! The instructors are AMAZING and the amount of time they invest in each student by providing detailed feedback, support and encouragement is a true gift. This program has challenged me to strive to be the best interpreter that I can be for those that I have the privilege to work with."

– Sharnett Thomas Barker, ASLEI online program student

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"As a working educational interpreter, this program was the best fit for me professionally! The content discussed in each class applied to my work and the professors were phenomenal. They challenged me to set high standards for myself and encouraged me along the way. If anyone is considering this bachelors program – go ahead and take the plunge, you will not be disappointed!"

– Jenna Thornwall, ASLEI online program graduate

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"I grew up interpreting within my family. When I decided to become an interpreter, I felt that I should understand the theory, the culture and the language, so that I would be able to grow in my career and not plateau."

– Janina Witteborg, ASLEI online program graduate

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"I had a good support system with my peers, and the educators are well known through the interpreting community, so their reputation preceded them. They all have published work and I was able to really connect with several of them."

– Tiffany Harding, ASLEI online program graduate