• American Sign Language (ASL) /
    English Interpreting Undergraduate Program

    Bachelor of Science Degree

    Welcome to the University of North Florida's ASL/English Interpreting Undergraduate Program. There are two degree options (concentrations) based on a student’s prior experience in interpreting and language learning. We hope you will find the information you are seeking here, but if not, please contact us with any questions you might have. UNF’s BS program began in fall 2007 after several years of planning and consulting with other successful programs. The program's curriculum is designed to promote interpreting and translating skill development for certified interpreters and pre-certified students who seek national certification with the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. The program is built on the standards of the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education, and each of the two concentrations contains advanced coursework in language development, interpreting and translating skill development, community engagement, and applied ethics. 


    B.S. Degree Concentrations

    CONCENTRATION 1: A.S. to B.S. General Practice

    The A.S. to B.S. General Practice Concentration contains a robust general practice curriculum and is designed for transfer students who have completed an associate-level Interpreting or Pre-Interpreting degree. The program uses blended technology, and students come to UNF one weekend per month in addition to accessing course content online. Students do not have to relocate to Jacksonville to participate in this concentration. The program admits students each fall, and prospective students are encouraged to apply early in the preceding spring.

    The '2 + 2' design is a national model for successful articulation between two and four-year interpreting programs. This model allows UNF to build on the curricula and methodologies of programs that are already in existence and to provide students with an option for the B.S. degree. We strive to offer a curriculum that is advanced and does not duplicate coursework taken at the associate-degree level. This concentration contains 48 credit hours and requires transferring students to have completed an associate's degree in ASL/English Interpreting prior to admission (A.S., A.A.S., or A.A.). If the degree is not an Associate of Arts degree, it is strongly recommended that students also complete the A.A., along with their A.S. or A.A.S degrees to avoid having to take additional general education courses at UNF. Transferring to UNF with an A.A. degree guarantees that no additional general education core courses will be needed. Students who do not transfer with an A.A. degree are subject to UNF's core requirements, which may exceed the state minimum. These courses will need to be taken during summer sessions or in extra semesters after interpreting coursework is complete.

    There are five, two-year interpreting programs in Florida, and UNF officially partners with Florida State College at Jacksonville (South Campus) to facilitate the articulation process for incoming students.  We welcome graduates from the other interpreting programs at Valencia College, Miami Dade College, Hillsborough Community College, and St. Petersburg College. Students transferring from institutions outside of Florida are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.


    CONCENTRATION 2: Community Interpreting--NEW in January 2015! 

    The Community Interpreting concentration allows students who do not have a prior associate-level degree to pursue an Interpreting major at UNF. It is a full, 120-credit-hour B.S. degree program from start to finish. Courses during the first two years of this concentration are delivered primarily on campus at UNF, with a couple of classes online or hybrid. The Program of Study for this concentration includes classes in the ASL/Deaf Studies Minor (ASL 1-4, Deaf Culture, ASL Structure) and five new, interpreting-specific courses (Discourse Analysis, Introduction to Interpreting, English and ASL Translation, Interpreting in Community Settings, and Interpreting Field Experience). The last 48 hours of the program are synchronized with the A.S. to B.S. General Practice Concentration, and students in both concentrations attend this part of their program together. Transfer students will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis for appropriate ASL placement prior to admission. Admission to the program requires a prerequisite “B” or better in Introduction to Interpreting, ASL 1, ASL II, and College Writing.

    All current or incoming students who are interested in pursuing ASL/English Interpreting at UNF are encouraged to contact the Program Director, Dr. Sherry Shaw, for more information (interpretingdegree@unf.edu; 904.620.1811).


    Program Delivery

    The program delivery of the A.S. to B.S. General Practice concentration is a distance-friendly model that allows students who do not reside in Jacksonville (along with those who choose to live in Jacksonville) to access the 48-credit-hour curriculum through four on-campus weekends during spring and fall semesters, one onsite week during one summer, and online technologies, including virtual classrooms with frequent peer and instructor interaction. Although it is not required, students are highly encouraged to reside in Jacksonville, where they can regularly access faculty-student mentorship opportunities, participate in local Deaf community activities, engage in campus life and student organizations, and join study groups.

     The ASL/English Interpreting program faculty members have undergone certification training for teaching online and bring a vast array of expertise in facilitating interpreting skill acquisition with a combination of online and face-to-face methodologies. Each course’s content is carefully evaluated to determine the most effective way of delivering it to students. UNF’s program is highly interactive, professors are continuously engaged in student learning, and the curriculum remains in alignment with national interpreter education standards. The B.S. degree awarded by our program is in compliance with the university’s SACS accreditation, and students who receive this degree with either concentration are fully qualified to pursue advanced master-level and doctoral degrees.



    Students who are admitted to this program should have daily access to high-speed internet and a desktop or laptop computer that is equipped with Microsoft Office and a web camera. Courses will use a variety of the latest technology to maximize skill and knowledge acquisition. These technologies include Blackboard Learn, Collaborate, FuzeBox, GoREACT, and ooVoo, allowing students to interact synchronously (participation in group meetings as they occur) or asynchronously (accessing recordings of class sessions later at personal convenience).


    Program Benchmarks

    Prior to placement in the capstone Practicum and Portfolio Presentation (Internship) course, students must pass the National Interpreter Certification Written Examination.


    Program Mission

    The mission of the ASL/English Interpreting Program is to prepare entry-level practitioners who are capable of managing the intercultural demands and complex cognitive tasks for conveying dynamically equivalent messages between American Sign Language and English. 



    Program Philosophy

    Our philosophy is that students will flourish when provided with an experiential, service-learning environment that encourages alliance with Deaf community partners and an evidence-based curriculum that is in accordance with current spoken and signed language research. We recognize the importance of faculty members being actively engaged in applied interpreting research and encouraging students to become consumers of research to inform their skill development. One-on-one mentorship, strong peer support networks, and a spiraling curriculum that builds upon previously developed interpreting skills to achieve mastery are the foundations of our program. We believe in emphasizing Academic Language (ASL and written and spoken English) within the program and hold high expectations for our students’ continued progress toward national certification. First and foremost, the curricular and extracurricular aspects of our program emphasize a sociolinguistic perspective of Deaf and hearing communities through advanced ASL skill development, consecutive and simultaneous interpreting skill acquisition, and linguistic-cultural competency.

    Program Core Values

    The program is based on core values of ethical reasoning and decision-making, critical thinking, and Deaf community alliance. In addition, we aspire to prepare students who consistently demonstrate interpersonal skills that reflect unconditional positive regard for all participants in the interpreting process and professional dispositions that embrace diversity, respect, equity, and equality of opportunity among the diverse language and cultural groups of the community. Program faculty members are committed to conducting and incorporating research in interpreting and interpreter education, receiving ongoing training on best practices in distance learning, and infusing the standards outlined by the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive curriculum within an innovative program design to produce highly qualified interpreters who are ready to span the readiness to work gap and achieve national certification.


    Program Admission

    Prospective students are admitted each Fall and must meet admission requirements of the university. To be considered for admission, applicants must fulfill these additional requirements:


    1.  GPA of 2.5 or higher  (preferred 3.0+)


    2. For admission into the A.S. to B.S. concentration, completion of an associate-level interpreting degree (AA/AAS/AS) OR an associate-level degree in another field if applicant currently holds one of these national certificates: CDI, CSC, CI and CT, NIC, NAD V, COI (Canada).
    State and institutional general education core requirements may not have been met in the applicant’s associate-level program. It is not required that the applicant complete the general education core courses prior to attending UNF; however it is recommended. If the associate’s degree is not an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree, it is strongly recommended that students also complete the A.A., along with their A.S. or A.A.S degrees to avoid having to take additional general education core courses at UNF. By state law, transferring to UNF with an A.A. degree guarantees that no additional general education core courses will be needed. Students who do not transfer with an A.A. degree are subject to UNF's core requirements, which may exceed or differ from the state minimum. Core courses will need to be taken during summer sessions or in extra semesters after interpreting coursework is complete. Unless UNF has negotiated an official articulation agreement with the applicant’s prior institution, transcripts will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine course equivalencies and program placement.Questions about general education core requirements should be directed to Dr. Todd Parrish (
    parr0012@unf.edu) for Academic Advising.



    Steps toward Admission

    • Goal Statement: Attach statement as a Word document in an email to Dr. Shaw (interpretingdegree@unf.edu) In the statement, discuss (a) your reasons for wanting to study in UNF’s program, (b) skills and personal attributes you bring to the program, and (c) your professional goals (400-500 words). Statements will be evaluated on content and English form. At the end of this Goal Statement provide a link to an unlisted YouTube presentation of your professional goals in ASL (minimum 3 minutes).
    • References:  Ask two professional references (not personal) to write support letters that speak to your ability to excel in the program. Recommendations from Interpreting Program Directors are exempt from letterhead requirements and may be sent as an e-mail message. (Send to: Dr. Sherry Shaw, University of North Florida, 1 UNF Drive 57/3500, Jacksonville, FL 32224, OR email to interpretingdegree@unf.edu)
    • Transcripts:  Send all past transcripts to UNF. These must arrive by the application deadline.. If the applicant is graduating from another institution after the admission deadline, unofficial transcripts will suffice until final transcripts are available.
      APPLICATION DEADLINE IS MARCH 31. All materials must be received by this date to be considered for Fall 2016 admission.

    The following is a list of courses specifically for the A.S. to B.S. General Practice Concentration:



  • Major: ASL/English Interpreting
    Degree: Bachelor of Science
    Major Requirements (48 credits)
    INT3134 Applied Ethics in Interpreting (3 Credits)
    INT3205 Cognitive Processing (3 Credits)
    INT3226 Advanced ASL Proficiency
    INT3270 Adv ASL Classifiers Interp (3 Credits)
    INT3271 Interp. Consec. Dialogue (3 Credits)
    INT3280 Mentor Cert Prep (3 Credits)
    INT3950 (CD)Intro Serv Learning Interp (3 Credits)
    INT3951 (CD)Serv Lrng Deaf Community (3 Credits)
    INT4272 Interp. Simul. Dialogue (3 Credits)
    INT4273 Interp. Simul. Monologue (3 Credits)
    INT4404 Interpreting in Ed Settings (3 Credits)
    INT4410 Interpreting for Deaf-Blind (3 Credits)
    INT4455 Interpreting Diverse Pop (3 Credits)
    INT4910 Research in Interpreting (3 Credits)
    INT4947 Interp Pract Portfolio Pres (6 Credits)
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Dr. Sherry Shaw, ASL/English Interpreting Program
1 UNF Drive

Building 57, Room 3519

Jacksonville, FL 32226

(904) 620-1811