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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.

When to Register

Start your journey by choosing any of the following options to help you learn more: 

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

ASLEI BA Program Teaching ASL MA Program 
Learn More About The Application Process

2020 Bob and Bonnie Phelps Family CAP Award Recipients
The Office of Academic Community Engagement has announced the 2020 Bob and Bonnie Phelps Family CAP Award recipients:

Lyndsi Mason: A senior, first-generation student majoring in American Sign Language, English Interpretation, with a minor in American Sign Language, Educational Interpreting.

The CAP award is presented annually to three students who "Contribute, Achieve and Pay-it-forward."

Learn more about the recipients and award


I am a senior at UNC and currently hold a 3.85 GPA. I am pursuing a degree in American Sign Language English Interpretation, a minor in American Sign Language, with an Educational Interpreting concentration. Being a first-generation college student and the youngest of seven children from a small rural area in Iowa, it has been my dream to move to Colorado and finish my education to become an Educational Interpreter. I am devoted to being of service in my community. I lead weekly support groups, interpret for the deaf ministry at my church, and am committed and excited to continue my volunteer work. For the last 10 years, I’ve worked at a non-profit organization for children with developmental disabilities and with Poudre School District working with deaf students. My work experience revealed my passion for working with deaf individuals. After graduation, I plan to become a nationally certified Educational Sign Language Interpreter working in my local community and school district. It’s an honor to be a part of one of the most prestigious interpreting programs in the country here at UNC.

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 and 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.