This minor is intended to provide students with the basic knowledge and skills related to the use of American Sign Language (ASL).  When used in some programs, this minor adds 1 credit hour to the total number of required credits.

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.

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.

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.

This award winning program was developed at Tennessee Temple University and transitioned to Piedmont International University during the 2015 merger. It is taught by highly qualified, thoroughly experienced, and exceptionally credentialed professors who eagerly desire to see you excel. Ultimate flexibility is ensured, because you can complete the entire program online or learn on campus.

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.



Upon completion of the program, the student should be equipped to:

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge and skill set using ASL
  • Identify settings where ASL can be used as an effective means of communication
  • Incorporate ASL as a tool for ministry to the deaf community

Credit Hours

18 total hours