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About ASL/English Interpreting at Keuka College

According to the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), more than 28 million people in America depend on ASL-English interpreters to help bridge the gap between those who are Deaf and those who can hear. Interpreters work in a wide variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, businesses, courtrooms, counselling centers, and government agencies.

Keuka College’s ASL-English Interpreting program is geared toward students who excel in language, cultural awareness, and problem solving. Our graduates are prepared for professional work as interpreters working between American Sign Language and English.

ASL/English Interpreting Program Highlights


Keuka College offers two degrees, a minor, and various concentrations within other disciplines. You can find the right fit for your career goals, even as those goals change between freshman and junior years.


You will gain significant ASL fluency in a short period of time, and become ready for a lifetime of involvement in the Deaf community.

Learning More Than Another Language

You will have more than twice the practical experience of most other similar programs—more than 750 hours of hands-on experience will assist you in applying your classroom learning to the real world.

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Program Overview

As an ASL/English interpreting major, you will be able to further the mission of agencies and organizations you may serve. You will have a solid foundation in Deaf culture and communication that expands your reach into this unique population.

ASL courses are aimed at building ASL comprehension and production skills. ASL is a rich and complex language used by members of the Deaf community in the United States and most of Canada. ASL has its own grammatical rules, sentence structure, idioms, historical contexts, and cultural nuances. Keuka College’s ASL courses foster an understanding of ASL/Deaf literature, linguistics, culture, and history. These are courses are taken by ASL and ASL/English Interpreting majors alike.

ASL-English interpreters must be fluent in both ASL and English. The degree requires completion of courses in English linguistics and advanced writing. Interpreting with signed languages, just as with foreign spoken languages, involves more than simply replacing a word of spoken English with a sign representing that word.

With strong growth projected in employment opportunities for interpreters for the Deaf over the next several years, our ASL/English Interpreting degree will put you in demand. Keuka College is one of just two upstate New York campuses offering this highly specialized major. As of 2012, a bachelor’s degree was required for interpreters to take the certification exam of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID).

But don’t worry. Once you graduate, you’ll have the necessary preparation to immediately pass the written exam of the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) interpreting certification exam. Interpreters who pass the written part of certification are eligible to complete the certification performance exams. We expect that our AEI graduates should be able to complete this credential within two years of graduation.

Program Requirements

The Faculty

Keuka College’s ASL faculty are seasoned professionals and innovative educators who are committed to your success. They serve as role models, leaders, practitioners, and advocates dedicated to helping you achieve your educational goals. Small class sizes and one-on-one attention allow you to flourish. In addition, two out of three of our ASL faculty members are native ASL users, giving you the opportunity to learn ASL first hand.

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Digital Literacy

Keuka College uses GoReact for ASL classes and Google Docs for ASL-English interpreting courses.

In the interpreting classes, you will make continual use of Google Docs and the Google drive to facilitate team projects and document sharing between students and instructors.

Digital video productions in our ASL lab include green-screen Chroma-key technology to produce outstanding video portfolios of student work for potential employers or graduate programs. Examples of student work are regularly published on YouTube and Facebook.

Digital learners understand the different ways digital tools can be used for solving hard problems.

Coupled with your ASL-English interpreting degree, you’ll have the fundamental knowledge for incorporating digital tools and methods into instruction. You’ll arrive in your classroom prepared for students who have grown up with multiple devices and digital resources.

Global Education

At Keuka College, you have the option of traveling abroad to another country to learn Deaf culture in a foreign setting. And as a part of the ASL curriculum, you’ll be assigned to go out into the world and meet Deaf people in communities across the state and in your hometown. This helps you develop as a global citizen by using ASL in its natural state—just as Deaf people do in the U.S. and other parts of the world.


The offices of the ASL faculty are on the fourth floor of Hegeman Hall, which houses the College’s primary classroom space. You will learn in classrooms perfectly suited for presentations, meetings, seminars, break-out sessions, lectures, and more. Classroom and lecture hall capabilities include wired and wireless Internet connections, teleconferencing capabilities, crystal-clear projectors, DVD/VHS projection, iClickers, and Sympodiums.

Keuka College’s state-of-the-art Digital Learning Commons includes two private study rooms that include green screens, high resolution cameras, and the latest digital video recording and editing tools.


Keuka College has a thriving ASL Club, which brings together students with a common interest in Deaf culture and community. Practice your language skills, travel to Deaf communities, and perform community service with lifelong friends.​

What can you do with this degree?

Thinking about your future career? Here are some sample job titles that people with similar degrees have at organizations around the country.

• American Sign Language Interpreter
• Court Interpreter
• Deaf Interpreter
• Diplomatic Interpreter
• Language Translator
• Translator

Demand & Salary Data

Career Group Career Summary Median Annual Wage in 2015sort ascending Predicted Openings Between 2014 and 2024 Change in Demand for These Jobs, 2024 vs. 2014 Education Typically Needed
Interpreters and Translators

Interpret oral or sign language, or translate written text from one language into another.

$44,190 27,200 17,500 Bachelor's degree

Data Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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