Sign Language Interpreting

CUW’s Sign Language Interpreting major is a cooperative program with Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC). If you want to help people break down barriers and communicate with each other, a degree in Sign Language Interpreting is a great option.

Why Study Sign Language Interpreting at CUW?

  • Bridge the communication gap between the hearing community and deaf community
  • Two degrees: a bachelor’s from CUW  and an associate degree from MATC
  • Preparation for employment as a sign language interpreter for deaf and hard-of-hearing persons
  • CUW’s strong liberal arts program and Christian emphasis

Program Overview

Students in CUW’s Sign Language Interpreting program take most courses on the Concordia campus during their first two semesters, with many of their third, fourth, fifth, and sixth semester courses taught at MATC. The final two semesters are completed at Concordia.

What You’ll Learn

Our Sign Language Interpreting program will teach you how to:

  • Become fluent in American Sign Language (ASL)
  • Master visual and physical communication skills
  • Interpret spoken English into ASL and ASL into spoken English
  • Reflect an understanding of the American deaf culture
  • Comply with the Code of Ethics of the Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf, Inc.
  • Use ASL signs, finger spelling, and body language to communicate with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing

Career Choices

Your work as a sign language interpreter will take you to a variety of community-based settings:

  • Human services
  • Educational interpreting
  • Freelance interpreting
  • Health care facilities
  • Consulting
  • Medical interpreting
  • Legal interpreting


Upon successfully completing this program, you may take the following exams:

  • State of Wisconsin Interpreter/Transliterator Assessment
  • The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc., National Interpreter Certification written exam


Our Sign Language Interpreting program includes coursework in the interpreting process, interpreting ethics, educational interpreting and ASL linguistics.