ASL/English Interpreting, B.S.

UNH Manchester students signing in the student commons

Preparing skillful interpreters through interaction and immersion

In the nation’s first accredited interpreting program and one of only 14 accredited programs in the country, you’ll learn American Sign Language and the foundation of ASL/English interpreting from distinguished faculty, all of whom are native ASL signers and/or certified interpreters.

The demand for skilled interpreters is on the rise, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting 29 percent growth in the interpreting field between 2014 and 2024. Our program prepares you to work with the Deaf community by teaching you the intricacies of American Sign Language and Deaf culture, as well as the skills you need to pursue a career as an ASL/English interpreter.

Students are integrated with the Deaf community inside and outside the classroom, which is a very unique feature of our ASL/English Interpreting program. During your senior year internship, you will be paired with a nationally certified mentor and use your interpretation and ASL skills within organizations throughout the state.

Our graduates have pursued careers in ASL/English interpreting, deaf education, rehabilitation, healthcare, audiology, social work, counseling and the media. From medicine to law, education to performing arts — your career opportunities as a bilingual and bicultural graduate are vast.

New England Regional Rate Program

If you live in New England and your state does not offer a bachelor's-level ASL/English Interpreting Program at a public college or university, the New England Regional Student Program allows you to enroll in our program at a reduced tuition rate.

Accreditation and Recognition

TheASL/English Interpreting Program at UNH Manchester has developed a national reputation for quality. In 2007, the program became the first interpreting program in the nation to be accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education (CCIE). In 1999, the program became the first interpreting program in the country to be found in compliance with the National Interpreter Education Standards of the Conference of Interpreter Trainers (CIT). UNH Manchester also houses one of northern New England’s most comprehensive collections of books and media materials on ASL/English Interpreting.

Program Coordinator

Jack Hoza

Program Director and Professor of Sign Language Interpretation

 

“I’ve made so many connections in the Deaf and interpreting communities, and I’ve gotten so much support from so many people.”
Lanie Wagenblast ‘16

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To get your B.S. in ASL/English Interpreting, you’ll complete 128 credits between courses for the UNH Discovery Program and your major. Below is an example of what your four-year course sequence in this program might look like. Courses are subject to change.

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FIRST YEAR

Fall Semester Spring Semester
UMST 401 – First Year Seminar ASL 436 – American Sign Language II (with lab)
ASL 435 – American Sign Language I (with lab) INTR 430 – Introduction to Interpretation
INTR 438 – A Sociocultural Perspective on the Deaf Community Quantitative Reasoning Course
ENGL 401 – First Year Writing Discovery Course
Discovery Course  

SECOND YEAR

Fall Semester Spring Semester
ASL 531 – American Sign Language III (with lab) ASL 532 – American Sign Language IV (with lab)
INTR 439 – Ethics & Professional Standards for Interpreters INTR 540 – Principles and Practice of Translation
Discovery Course INTR 539 – Comparative Linguistic Analysis for Interpreters1
Discovery Course Discovery Course

THIRD YEAR

Fall Semester Spring Semester
ASL 621 – Advanced ASL Discourse I (with lab)2 ASL 622 – Advanced ASL Discourse II: Deaf Culture (with lab)2
INTR 630 – Principles and Practice of Consecutive Interpretation INTR 636 – Principles and Practice of Simultaneous Interpretation
Discovery Course Discovery Course
Elective Course Elective Course

FOURTH YEAR

Fall Semester Spring Semester
INTR 734 – Field Experience and Seminar I INTR 735 – Field Experience and Seminar II
INTR 732 – Simultaneous Interpretation of Discussions, Speeches, and Reports Elective Course
Elective Course Elective Course
Elective Course Elective Course

1 INTR 539 is offered every other year, so may be taken during junior or senior year.

2 These labs involve experiences in the Deaf community.

An important part of learning any language and learning the interpreting process is moving beyond the classroom lessons to become more comfortable in real-life situations.

The ASL labs help advance your skills by giving you valuable practice in grammar and vocabulary through communication exercises with Deaf lab facilitators and members of the Deaf community. Interpreting labs provide live opportunities to work with certified interpreters and members of the Deaf community to enhance your interpreting skills. The program offers a video lab in which you can record your progress, allowing you to receive valuable feedback from your professors and peers. 

Through hands-on learning in the classroom and in the field, you’ll develop the skills you need for an impactful career in the Deaf community. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 29 percent growth in the interpreting field between 2014 and 2024, translating to vast possibilities for your future.

Our program helps prepare you for New Hampshire state-level interpreter screening and/or national interpreter certification, opening doors to careers in industries like:

  • Education
  • Government
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Medicine
  • Performing Arts
  • Psychology
  • Social Services

Senior Capstone

The Senior Capstone is an immersive, year-long experience that puts you in the heart of the Deaf community and interpreting field, giving you the cultural awareness and real-world experience to help you become an interpreter in a variety of industries. You’ll interact one-on-one with members of the local Deaf community, integrating your classroom knowledge, theoretical understanding and ASL fluency into actual interpreting assignments.

Broaden your understanding of Deaf culture and your ability to interact with the Deaf community through our American Sign Language and Deaf Studies minor. You’ll acquire basic ASL fluency while adding a breadth of sociocultural perspective to your degree.

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  • H. Dee Clanton, State Coordinator, Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing /Dept. of Ed. (DOE)
  • Thomas Minch, President, New Hampshire Association of the Deaf (NHAD)
  • Lianne Moccia, President, New Hampshire Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (NHRID)
  • Madeline Olio Ruano, Services Coordinator for the Deaf, Granite State Independent Living (GSIL)
  • Mike Wallace, Program Coordinator, Manchester Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program
  • Susan Wolf-Downes, Director, Northeast Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (NDHHS)
  • UNH Manchester ASL/English Interpreting graduate
  • UNH Manchester ASL/English Interpreting current student

The advisory board also includes a current ASL/English Interpreting student as well as a graduate of the program.

If you live in New England and your state does not offer a bachelor's-level ASL/English Interpreting Program at a public college or university, the New England Regional Student Program allows you to enroll in our program at a reduced tuition rate.

Course Sequence

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Course Schedule

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Course Catalog

Check out the Course Catalog for a complete look at the courses and requirements for each program.