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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.

what can I do with a degree in Interpreting?

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

what will I study?

As an interpreting major, you will study courses outlining the following topics:

  • American Sign Language
  • American Deaf Culture
  • Ethics and Decision Making
  • ASL and English Text Analysis
  • Fingerspelling
  • Healthcare Interpreting
  • Educational Interpreting

When you major in interpreting, you will strive to increase your language proficiency and range, both in ASL and English. All courses with an ASL prefix will be taught in ASL, without the use of spoken English. Interpreting majors are also encouraged to pursue a minor in language studies and/or participate in a study abroad program.

Did you know?

  • Interpreting is offered as a major and second degree.

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why St. Kate’s?

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, non-profit, 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.

Program Accreditation

The Department of American Sign Language (ASL) and Interpreting at St. Kate's is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education.

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ASL and Interpreting at St. Kate's

ASL and Interpreting at St. Kate's

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Major Course Requirements

Major Course Requirements

Explore the required, supporting and recommended courses.

Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum

The path to a baccalaureate degree at St. Kate’s begins with a core curriculum that emphasizes intellectual inquiry and social teaching; challenging students to transformational leadership.



Our faculty are active researchers, industry and academic award winners and influential members of professional organizations. Most of all, they’re passionate, caring teachers.

The St. Kate’s Experience

The St. Kate’s Experience

This unique program brings together resources, activities and personal support to help you achieve your goals.