ASL/English Interpreting, B.S.

A student practices American Sign Language with Jack Hoza, program coordinator and professor of sign language interpretation.

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.

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. 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

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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 46 percent growth in the interpreting field between 2012 and 2022, 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.