American Sign Language and English Interpreting (B.S.)
American Sign Language (ASL)/English interpreters for the Deaf/hard of hearing prepares you for a variety of job settings such as legal, educational, medical, etc. It's an austere and highly competitive course of study, requiring copious amounts of hands-on training that's obtained through in-class practice and personal interaction with the local Deaf population.
Clubs and Organizations
Image is a sign language performance group that consists of members ranging from freshmen to seniors. Our main goal is to promote American Sign Language (ASL) as a true language. To do this, we use American Sign Language with music to make a show that is aesthetically pleasing to your eyes and ears. IMAGE is open to all majors and all signing levels. Our show takes place in the spring semester usually in April but sometimes in March. You can follow us via social media for more information.
Our Interpreter Club is open to any student but is geared towards the ASL/English Interpreting Majors. We discuss the different interpreting settings, signing techniques, interpreting skills, and other topics related to our program. We hold a conference on campus biannually that involves both students and the interpreting community. Interpreter Club is a great way to meet the other students in the interpreting program and stay involved!
Signify is a club that meets to practice and improve our American Sign Language skills. Our meetings are held entirely in ASL, and we discuss various topics related to the language and Deaf culture.
Awards and Recognitions
Outstanding Senior Award
Mark Jackowski '03, Lisa Senatore '04, Kathleen M. Bartel '05, Lauren Lewis '08, Kelly Klinedinst '11, Kristen Sharpless '12, Heather Hamilton '13, Audrianna Osorio '14, Dawn Grabowski '15, Alexa Cantalupo '16, Nora Reade '17, Emily Gowin '18, Emily Pearson '19, Kate Andres '20
Licensure and Certification
Professional licensure/certification laws and regulations vary from state to state and are subject to change without notice. If you are planning to pursue a professional credential in a state other than PA, it's highly recommended you contact the appropriate state licensing agency to seek guidance and verify requirements. A BU program that leads to state licensure or certification in PA may not meet requirements in another state. Visit bloomu.edu/state-authorization and rid.org/advocacy-overview for details.