College for Women | School of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences
Do you want to work with the Deaf community in support of communication access? When pursuing the interpreting degree, St. Paul students will gain the skills and experience needed to become competent ASL/English interpreters. Students will also prepare to pass the national interpreting certification exam.
Get Experience Through Internships and Service-Learning
As an interpreting major, you will study:
American Sign Language
American Deaf Culture
Ethics and Decision Making
ASL and English Text Analysis
You’ll have the opportunity to engage in service-based learning, volunteering with organizations like the Metro Deaf School, Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf, Thompson Hall Deaf Club, and many after-school programs.
In your senior year, you will complete a community-based internship, which may take place in a variety of settings, including education, healthcare, government, nonprofit, rehabilitation, or human services. Interpreting students help determine their placement and have completed their internships in agencies in locations across Minnesota as well as in California, Arizona, Washington state, and Washington D.C.
After earning an interpreting degree, graduates find themselves in high demand! Employers say our students are critical thinkers, effective communicators and self-driven in their career paths. Graduates work in a variety of settings, including
- business meetings
- prenatal classes
- medical and mental health appointments
- parent-teacher conferences
- job interviews
- theater and concert performances
- government meetings
The Department of American Sign Language (ASL) and Interpreting at St. Kate's is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education.