Faculty of Arts - American Sign Language/English Interpretation
School of Art

Program description

The ASL/English Interpretation Program (AEIP) is a joint program with Red River College that trains interpreters to work between Deaf persons and the wider community. Students in this program are linguistics majors. Applicants must complete a one-year Deaf Studies Program (DSP) housed primarily at Red River College, but including some University of Manitoba courses in order to apply. The AEIP is a three-year program. The final semester consists of a full-time supervised practicum in the community. Graduates receive both a Bachelor of Arts (General) in Linguistics from the University of Manitoba and a Certification of ASL/English Interpretation from Red River College.

Program options

Degree options

B.A. Bachelor of Arts (General) - 3 years

Interesting courses and unique opportunities

Interesting course
  • LING 2470 Introduction to Interpretation Theory
  • LING 3300 Structure of ASL
  • LING 3840 Special Topics in ASL

The program includes supervised practicum within the community

Note: students take courses at the University of Manitoba and at Red River College. 

Professional opportunities

  • Community-based ASL/English interpretation
  • Interpretation in K-12 educational settings
  • Interpreting in specialized settings such as medical, mental health and legal
  • Conference interpreting

Admission requirements

Visit the Faculty of Arts Direct Entry (high school applicants) or Advanced Entry (post-secondary applicants) application for admission page to learn more about admission requirements, application dates and how to apply.

What is unique about this program at the U of M?

The Linguistics program and its faculty offers students a range of theoretical perspectives and practices, including generative, cognitive, functional, and typological approaches to language. The program specializes in both spoken and signed language linguistics, with a particular focus on local, primarily indigenous languages. The department also houses the ASL/English Interpretation Program, a joint program with Red River College, which is the only university-level degree program in ASL/English interpreting in Canada.

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