Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Sign Language Interpreting
The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree In Sign Language Interpreting is designed to prepare students for employment as interpreters in educational settings and entry-level freelance assignments. 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. An Associate Degree in Sign Language Studies or its equivalent is required. ISU offers an Associate Degree in Sign Language Studies on the Pocatello campus. The Bachelor of Science Degree is only offered on the Meridian campus.
Please visit the ISU catalog for required courses for the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Sign Language Interpreting. These courses are in addition to an Associate Degree (or equivalent in Sign Language Studies or related area).
Interpreting students are required to take eight (8) credits of Internship. This experience will take place the last eight (8) weeks of the students' senior year. Therefore, all other course work must be completed prior to the internship. Most of our internship placement sites are in K-12 educational settings. The student will collaborate with the Internship Coordinator to establish a site the semester prior to internship assignment.
Some previous placement sites include: Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind, MT School for the Deaf and the Blind, Tennessee School for the Deaf and the Blind, Pocatello School District, Boise School District, Meridian School District, Eugene, OR School District, Wasilla, Alaska School District, Vancouver Washington School of Arts & Academics, and Mesa, Arizona Public Schools. Students will be required to complete a background check through the Idaho State Dept. of Education before they can go on their internship.
Idaho State University's program has national accreditation through Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education (CCIE).