Linguistics — American Sign Language (ASL)/English Interpreting Concentration

Program Type
Undergraduate Major
Bachelor of Art (BA)
Modes of Study
Blended;In Person

Full-time tuition

In-state: $8,910;
Out-of-state: $26,250 (30 credit hours per year). See details and other costs

Financial aid

Average offer covers a large portion of tuition & fees.
In-state: nearly 100%;
Out-of-state: nearly 70%.
May include scholarships, grants, waiver, & work-study. Explore aid

Program duration

Typical completion time: 4 years. Flexible options may save time. Explore options


SAT & ACT scores optional. Early action & year-round admissions. View application process & deadlines

Program Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in the Deaf community through an authentic practicum experience under the supervision of certified interpreters.
  • Prepare for a wide range of careers in ASL supporting the Deaf community, its culture and rich history as a vibrant language in society.
  • Work closely with well-known and highly respected faculty through an interpreter training program and grant-funded research programs.
  • Gain academic credit for skills and knowledge you’ve already acquired through work, community service, or life experience.
  • Study in a program that is nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education.
  • Qualify to apply for state licensure as an ASL/English interpreter.
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Hands-on community experience

Collaborate with faculty on projects such as the annual Maine Deaf Film Festival, a state-wide program providing sighted guides to deaf/blind people. You’ll also have opportunities for real-world experience under the supervision of certified interpreters.

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Study under a well-known interpreter

We offer a unique Interpreter Training Program (ITP) where you’ll learn from Dr. Judy Kegl, a highly respected interpreter, educator, and sign language researcher. Our program is open to both Deaf and hearing interpreting students of all levels.

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Meaningful career options

Our graduates have pursued careers in ASL/English interpreting and Deaf education. You’ll also be prepared for roles in rehabilitation, healthcare, social work, counseling, and the media.

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Licensure and certification

As a graduate, you’ll be eligible to apply for state licensure as a nationally certified ASL/English interpreter.

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Program requirements

Our curriculum provides students with the academic preparation needed for the two-step national credentialing exam to become certified ASL/English interpreters. Through immersive programming and hands-on learning, our students are integrated with the Deaf community within and beyond the classroom.

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National accreditation

Our program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education (CCIE).

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Nationally distinguished faculty

Take advantage of the liberal arts college atmosphere and extensive interaction with nationally distinguished faculty members, many of whom actively engage students in their grant-funded research.

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Scholarship opportunities

Scholarships offer valuable financial aid that doesn’t need to be repaid. You’ll be automatically considered for Merit Scholarships when you apply for admission by the deadline. Additional opportunities are available.

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Considering transferring to USM?

We welcome students who are transferring from another four-year university or community college. Our knowledgeable Admissions Counselors will help you to navigate the admissions and credit-transfer process.

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