Sign Language and Interpreting


Sign Language and Interpreting

Contact Information
Program Coordinator: Connie Simmons | Phone: 615-353-3622 | E-mail:
Division Office: D Building, D-15 | Phone: 615-353-3347
Division Dean: Dr. Charles deWitt | Phone: 615-353-3346 | E-mail:

Associate of Arts (A.A.) and Associate of Science (A.S.) Degree Areas of Emphasis
Nashville State Community College offers the University Parallel Associate of Science (A.S.) Degree or Associate of Arts (A.A.) Degree with an area of emphasis in Sign Language and in Interpreting for students who will transfer to a four-year college or university. Associate of Science or Associate of Arts transfer degrees include 41 credit hours of required General Education Core courses, and 19 credit hours of recommended Area of Emphasis courses. A.A. and A.S. Degree areas of emphasis suggest the courses that are most likely to transfer, but are not guaranteed. It is always best to contact your selected transfer university as early as possible.

Sign Language

Please see the NSCC Catalog for more information about General Education Core Requirements, and the Sign Language and Interpreting A.A. and A.S. Degree Areas of Emphasis programs.

Transfer Information
A.A. and A.S. degree areas of emphasis suggest the courses that are most likely to transfer, but are not guaranteed. It is always best to contact the selected transfer college/university as early as possible, and consult a catalog from the transfer college/university.

Grading Policy for Sign Language and Interpreting Majors
A grade of "C" or above must be earned in all Sign Language and Interpreting courses prior to graduation. The student must receive a "C" or above in each Sign Language and Interpreting course in order to meet prerequisite requirements for subsequent courses.

Program Overview
Nashville State Community College is the only college throughout Middle and West Tennessee that offers a two-year degree in Sign Language and Interpreting for students who will transfer to a four-year college or university. After the year 2012, to become a certified interpreter candidate, students must complete a four-year degree. Nashville State's Sign Language and Interpreting program will prepare students to enter a baccalaureate program related to the field of deafness. The program will also provide individuals seeking fluency in the language and familiarity with the deaf culture with the training necessary to attain it. Classes are comprised of theory, practice, and critical thinking to allow students to better communicate with the deaf via a challenging but nurturing classroom environment.

Program Goals
It is the intent that graduates of the Sign Language and Interpreting program are to be able to:

  • Demonstrate expressive and receptive competencies in American Sign Language for entry into a baccalaureate program.
  • Become familiar with the Deaf culture and various aspects related to the community and population.

Volunteering and Community Involvement in the Sign Language and Interpreting Programs
The Sign Language and Interpreting Programs have a strong emphasis upon community involvement for language development and cultural sensitivity. A typical class will require two event to be attended during the course of a semester.

Faculty & Staff Directory

See the NSCC Catalog for course requirements, descriptions and syllabi.

Check the current Class Schedule for course availability.

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Sign Language and Interpreting StudentComments from our Students

The interpreting program at Nashville State Community College prepared me to become an interpreter in ways that few places could. Each instructor is an expert and has spent long years in the field as well as being heavily involved in the deaf community in their private lives and they are so generous with their knowledge and time with students; always willing to answer a question or elaborate further outside of class. What is especially great is having deaf instructors to shed light on the culture and subtleties of the language. The program is very thorough and if a student is willing to apply himself or herself and work hard I can guarantee that that student will do well starting life as an interpreter in the real world.
—Frances Cunningham