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Why Study Sign Language Interpreting Studies at Madonna University?

  • Madonna interpreting students perform better than the average on the state interpreting exam (the BEI), reporting an almost 100% pass rate for the written portion of the exam when taken in their senior year, which is the prerequisite to the performance exam.
  • Your interpreting professors and mentors have a wide range of professional experiences, including medical, educational, VRS, and theater interpreting.
  • You will learn ASL quickly through full immersion because language instructors are all culturally Deaf and all language classes are taught in sign language.
  • Our modern language lab provides each student with a private space for ASL learning and interpreting practice.
  • Since it was established in 1975, MUSLS has had an enduring relationship with Michigan’s Deaf community.

As a student in Madonna’s Sign Language Interpreting Studies program, you will be part of a community on the cutting edge of interpreting and Deaf studies in Michigan. You will be provided with all of the resources you need to develop your signing skills, prepare for interpreter certification, and gain diverse skills that will give you an advantage in your professional life or graduate studies. MUSLS meets state and national standards for programs teaching ASL and interpreting, and as the first university in Michigan to offer a bachelor’s degree in Sign Language Interpreting Studies, when you choose Madonna, you are choosing the leader in the field.

CareersGrad SchoolEmployers of Alumni
Interpreter Gallaudet University Sorenson Communications
Interpreter Coordinator Wayne State University Deaf Community Advocacy Network
Interpreter Educator Oakland University ZVRS
Linguist Michigan State University Oakland Community College
Researcher University of Michigan Bloomfield Hills Schools
    University of Michigan Health System Interpreter Services

Lindsey WiegandLindsey Wiegand ’07 was accepted into graduate school at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. after earning a degree in Sign Language Interpreting Studies from Madonna University. After graduating with her Masters of Arts in Interpreting from Gallaudet, Lindsey moved back to Michigan where she has been working as a freelance American Sign Language/English interpreter. As a nationally certified interpreter, some of the types of interpreting settings where Lindsey works include post-secondary, K-12 education, and medical. In addition to freelance interpreting, Lindsey also presents professional development workshops and mentors novice interpreters.

Regarding her time at Madonna, Lindsey commented, “The faculty definitely made the experience special for me. They taught me so much and I am fortunate enough to have stayed in contact with them as professional peers!” She added that she feels blessed to be able to have the job that she does and is “…humbled every day that the Deaf community allows me to be a part of the most intimate moments of their lives…I love learning from the community in every interaction I have with them.”