The Bachelor of Science Degree Sign Language Interpreting is designed to prepare students for employment as interpreters in educational settings and entry-level freelance assignments. An associate degree in Sign Language Studies or its equivalent is required. Students are taught with a "hands on" approach as they learn about the Deaf culture, how to collaborate in a professional setting and participate in field observations culminating with an interpreting internship. The Bachelor of Science degree is only offered on the Meridian campus.
The Associate of Science Degree in Sign Language Studies is a two year degree which is primarily
designed for students who wish to continue their education beyond the associate degree level in the
Educational Interpreting Program or for student who wish to obtain an interim degree before entering
another major, such as Deaf Education. The Sign Language Studies degree focuses on American Sign
Language skills through academic courses and labs designed to provide a small group setting to facilitate
instructor feedback and guidance. The Associate of Science is offered on both of our traditional
campuses: Pocatello and Meridian, ID.
Sign Language Studies minor is designed primarily for upper division students (juniors-seniors) who
have related major (ELEM ED, FCS, CSD, SEC ED, SPED) and are not A.S. Degree seeking. Most will be
continuing for a Master of Science in Deaf Education. The minor can be extended over 3 to 4 years.
This minor study consists of brief introduction to the language and culture of Deaf Americans and in
no way prepares students to work as sign language interpreters. The Minor is offered on both of our
traditional campuses: Pocatello and Meridian, ID.