Deaf Studies

Bachelor of Arts

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The deaf studies program provides quality instruction and vocational training in American Sign Language and English interpreting. Candidates will gain the theoretical and practical skills necessary to succeed in a career providing linguistic access to people who can hear typically and to people who are deaf, hard of hearing, d/DeafBlind, and d/Deaf+. Upon completion of the program, candidates will possess the entry level skills necessary to work as a qualified interpreter in a variety of settings and prepared to pursue graduate studies in a related discipline. 

The degree can be completed on campus or via distance learning. There are unique proficiency assessment requirements and they can be found in the catalog.

4 Year Program
Available Residentially
Available Online


  • Communicate effectively in American Sign Language and English
  • Provide culturally responsive and impartial services to all consumers and clients
  • Maintain a high standard of ethics and professionalism
  • Employ critical reflexivity to one's own professional practice
  • Interpret and transliterate effectively and accurately
  • Satisfy professional benchmark exams to advance and pursue minimal entry level interpreting credentials

Admissions Requirements

CU General Requirements

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended schools
  • Completed application with Carolina University

Deaf Studies Interpreting Training Program Specific Requirements

  • To be accepted into the interpreting program applicants must meet some minimum requirements:
    • Demonstrated good academic standing in professional core courses related to Deaf Studies
    • Pass the SLPI with survival or higher