Overview

Learn American Sign Language totally online or on campus in this award winning program. This is taught by highly qualified, thoroughly experienced, and exceptionally credentialed professors who eagerly desire to see you excel. This program received the Sorenson award in 2011. Ultimate flexibility is ensured, because you can complete the entire program online or learn on campus.

US News says, “Sign-language interpreters should expect an employment boom for years to come.” They rate sign language interpreting in the top 20 of all social services jobs. “These jobs are well-paying, with an average national salary of $43,300. Salaried interpreters and translators can earn up to six figures annually, depending on where they live and work.” CareerBuilder ranks translation and interpretation services at the very top of their list of industries expected to add the most new jobs over the next five years.

The purpose of the Sign Language Interpreting program is to provide high quality instruction and training in practical and theoretical issues, skills, knowledge, and professionalism pertaining to the provision of interpreting services to the deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind and hearing consumers in a variety of settings, so students may effectively minister for Christ in the Deaf community as professional interpreters.

Want to make a real difference while enjoying one of the best and fastest growing jobs in the nation? Then sign language interpreting may be for you. Opportunities abound in government offices, hospitals, courtrooms, schools, churches, banks, factories, offices, etc. Others work for agencies that enable deaf people to communicate with hearing people through online interpreters, utilizing live online video relay.

Piedmont offers both a B.S. in Sign Language Interpreting and a Minor in American Sign Language. These Interpreter Education Programs (IEP) combine classroom academics with practical “hands-on” interpreting experience, designed to make the student both knowledgeable and proficient. Upon completion, the graduate should possess the skills necessary to serve as a qualified interpreter in a large variety of settings.

The Interpreter Education Program (IEP) is a four-year bachelor's degree that is undergirded by a strong core of biblical and general education courses  that combine classroom academics with practical “hands-on” interpreting experience, making the student both knowledgeable and proficient. Upon completion, the graduate will possess the skills necessary to serve as a qualified interpreter in a variety of settings, including churches, schools, hospitals, and government agencies.  There are two possible tracks to achieve this degree.

 

 

 


 

 

 

Success

Piedmont International University has transformed my life and ministry for the Lord.  I chose this school for its consistent doctrinal teaching at all academic levels and for its dispensational approach to Scripture.  The faculty and staff go the extra mile to help students receive the best education possible.  If you want the best academic training for ministry, choose Piedmont!

Ward Harris, B.A.B.S, M.A.B.S., Ph.D. in Progress
Associate Pastor, Church Administrator, and Bible Teacher
Ripplemead, VA

Loved my time here. Solid teaching from loving and invested teachers and staff! They are compassionate, involved people that truly love God.

Kathryn Best
Consumer Sales Associate at Kaplan Early Learning Company

 

Admissions Requirements

 

Objectives

 

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to do the following:

  • Fluently communicate using American Sign Language and other contact varieties used by the deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind communities; 
  • Interpret/transliterate accurately, effectively, and impartially using all necessary vocabulary and discourse regulators;
  • Conduct self-analysis regarding their interpreting/transliterating performance;
  • Obtain minimal entry level interpreting credentials;
  • Develop a plan for continued professional growth and professional involvement.


 

 

Summary of Required Hours

Biblical Studies 19
General Education 37
Professional/Ministry   55
Electives
9
Total 120

Degree Completion Plan

Fall Semester

BO101     Old Testament Survey     3
GC100     Introduction to Computers     1
GE101     English Composition I     3
GT100     Student Life Seminar     1
PT101     Evangelism     2
SL101     American Sign Language I     4

Total  14

 

Spring Semester

BN102     New Testament Survey     3
BP102     Christian Ethics      2
GC111     Mathematics Survey     3
GE102     English Composition II     3
SL102     American Sign Language II    4

Total  15

Fall Semester

GC    Science Survey     3 hours
GH101/102     Survey of World History I or II     3 hours
GS201     Principles of Speech     3 hours
SL201     American Sign Language III     4 hours
PE     PE Activity     1 hour
Bible Elective     3 hours

Total  17

 

Spring Semester

GP202     General Psychology     3 hours
PA100     Health for Non-PE Majors     1 hour
SL202     American Sign Language IV     4 hours
SL221     Deaf Ministry     3 hours
SL240     Basics of Interpreting     3 hours
Elective     3 hours

Total  17

Fall Semester

GC    Science Survey     3 hours
GH101/102     Survey of World History I or II     3 hours
GS201    Principles of Speech     3 hours
SL201    American Sign Language III    4 hours
PE     PE Activity    1
Bible Elective    3

Total  17

 

Spring Semester

GP202     General Psychology     3
PA100     Health for Non-PE Majors     1
SL202     American Sign Language IV    4
SL221     Deaf Ministry     3
SL240     Basics of Interpreting     3
Elective     3

Total  17

Fall Semester

SL342     Educational Interpreting     3
SL400     ASL Linguistics    3
Humanities Elective     3
General Education Elective     3
Elective     3

Total  15

  

Spring Semester

SL488     Fieldwork / Internship     9
Elective     3

Total  12