We speak your language

ASL/English Interpreting Program

We speak your language

A career found in translation

It's not just further studying a language, it's immersing yourself into a different culture and making yourself more marketable for a wide-variety career options. Among the areas aided by a strong language arts background include finance, marketing, government, digital forensics and law.

Husky Abroad

Nadine De Jesus

Bloomsburg University's languages and cultures program prepares students for variety of career choices in education, international relations, global business, as well as entry into graduate school. The department offers courses in three critical languages — Arabic, Chinese, and Russian — that have been identified as important to America’s economic and national interests.

  • Arabic — Arabic speakers are in greater demand than ever before. The U.S. State Department has named Arabic a “critical language,” creating scholarships for language study in the U.S. and overseas.
  • Chinese — Chinese is spoken by more than one billion people, nearly a quarter of the world's population. The People's Republic of China currently boasts the fastest growing economy in the world and is widely regarded as potentially the biggest global market in the 21st century.
  • French — French is one of the most spoken languages in the word, with about 115 million native speakers. It's an official language in 29 countries, among them France, Belgium, Canada and Switzerland. Unofficially, French is known as the lingua franca of the culinary world.
  • German — German is the official national language in three countries with widely diverse cultural, political, and economic traditions: The Federal Republic of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. More Europeans (approximately 100 million) are native speakers of German than of any other language. Germany has the largest economy is America's top trading partner in Europe.
  • Russian — Russian is spoken in Russia and former Soviet republics. It represents the rich heritage of cultures and growing economies of Eastern Europe. Learning Russian gives students a tremendous edge in today’s world.
  • Spanish — Of the more than 400 million native Spanish speakers of Spanish in the world, more than 38 million live in the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the United States is now the world's fourth largest “Spanish-speaking” country.

Additionally, courses are offered in these languages:

  • Italian — Italy is one of the centers of Western Civilization and is essential for the study of history, literature, music, art, business, economics, political science and literature.
  • Latin — Latin can be more than the best means to achieve excellent training and preparation for future challenges. Studying a classic language can also be the springboard to a lifelong experience with literature, philosophy and culture.
  • Middle East Studies — 18-credit minor will be supported by several departments within the College and will provide a firm multidisciplinary grounding in the region, its history and culture, and its international relations.

American Sign Language/English Interpreting

This program is intended for students seeking to become American Sign Language (ASL)/English interpreters for the deaf/hard of hearing, preparing them for a variety of jobs settings such as legal, educational, medical, etc.

It's an austere and highly competitive course of study, requiring copious amounts of hands-on training that is obtained through in-class practice and personal interaction with the local Deaf population.

A combination of empirical knowledge as well as practical application will be employed in order to achieve the level of excellence required in this field. BU's American Sign Language (ASL)/English Interpreting program accepts only 25 students per graduating class each year.

Program Description

  • One of just two four-year degree programs in the eastern U.S., this program provides specialized training for students seeking to become American Sign Language interpreters. In addition to learning to interpret, students also receive strong education in deaf culture and related communication issues.
  • As an ASL/English interpreting major, you'll take six semesters of ASL courses and learn about the linguistics of ASL and the deaf culture. Interpreter training courses include introductory classes, translation, transliteration, and interpreting in consecutive and simultaneous interpreting, as well as a seminar and practicum.