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UNC’s Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Studies (ASLIS) mission statement is:

Quality instruction preparing culturally and linguistically competent interpreters, teachers and users of American Sign Language.

The Department houses four areas of study built around American Sign Language (ASL), Deaf Culture, and related fields of interpreting and teaching. The ASLIS programs offer highly regarded curricula with input from national experts, taught by nationally recognized instructional staff, and offered through multiple delivery methods.

Applications are now open for the ASL-English Interpretation BA Program and Teaching ASL MA Program! Use the following options to begin the process:
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ASLEI Honors

Congratulations to the 2019 Honors Awards Nominees: 

It is with great pleasure that we announce the two (2) 2019 ASLEI Honors students. This recognition is for an ASLEI student in good standing with a strong GPA who has demonstrated critical thinking and leadership in their courses and their respective communities. This year's faculty nominated several students and the competition was steep for the two (2) awards ASLEI is allocated for this recognition. Hope and John met the current criteria for the nomination and they were nominated by more than one faculty member.

Timberly Hope Holloway:
Hope is majoring in ASLEI with an emphasis in educational interpreting, and a minor in ASL.  In addition, she is an OSEP scholar successfully implementing her academic and experiential knowledge and skills as the lead interpreter in her local area of Virginia.  She is supportive and has the ability to provide unique perspective to class discussions.  Hope was nominated for this award by demonstrating herself to be a student who is dedicated to her studies and passionate about her leadership goals of improving interpreting services to students who are deaf and hard of hearing in her district and of influencing the field of educational interpreting around the nation.  

John Huddlestun: 
John is majoring in ASLEI with an emphasis in educational interpreting, and a minor in ASL.  He has shown himself to be a deep thinker through his distinctive level of reflection and critical thinking.  As an OSEP scholar, John is a truly dedicated student and an encouraging leader among his peers.  He brings these qualities to his local area in Seattle, WA to create meaningful connections with the students who are deaf and hard of hearing and educational interpreters with whom he works.  John will leave his mark on the field of interpreting as he achieves the potential he as demonstrated.  

Congratulations to both of you! 

Areas of Study

ASL Courses

ASL I-IV will develop your ASL skills and knowledge of Deaf Culture. With over 20 sections of ASL courses offered each fall and spring semester there is plenty of opportunity to begin and continue your studies of ASL.

• ASL I, II, III, and IV are offered on campus.
• ASL III and IV are also offered online.


ASL Minor

American Sign Language Minor will expand your skills and knowledge of ASL and Deaf Culture through ASL I-VI and two upper division knowledge courses. The minor can accompany many UNC majors.

  • ASL Minor is offered on campus and online.
  • ASL Minor is only available to UNC students.


ASLEI Bachelors

ASL–English Interpretation (ASLEI) Bachelor of Art program will train you to mediate communication events in either community or educational settings.

The ASLEI program is completed on campus or online (on campus summer sessions required).


TASL Masters

Teaching American Sign Language (TASL) Master of Arts program will train you to be an ASL instructor. TASL offers two programs: the Master’s or the Master’s Plus Licensure.

Both programs are completed online with summer sessions in Greeley, CO.