Sign Language Programs at Bethel in Mishawaka, Indiana.

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You'll experience personal attention, tutoring sessions, interpreting opportunities and practicum coursework in our sign language program.

Do you talk with your hands? So do we! Sign Language interpreters are in high demand in a multitude of fields. A degree in this field can lead to fulfilling working with children in educational settings, interpreting for Deaf people during phone calls, or working in fields such as the business world, medical appointments, political events, or theater productions. The best part of this career is working with so many varied individuals in the Deaf community.

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4-Year Plan

Find out exactly what you can expect in our program. Each major and minor listing has a link to the plan you'll follow to earn your degree.

American Sign Language and Interpreting Department (ASLID) 

Department Mission

The mission of the American Sign Language Department is to graduate students who excel in effective communication, seek to participate in a vibrant community of interpreters, and are prepared to provide culturally and linguistically competent translation and interpreting services for their consumers.

The department challenges students to develop competency in American Sign Language and English and to possess decision-making, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills. We seek to encourage students’ exploration of professional and personal ethics, social justice, and their role and responsibilities as interpreters.

Department Distinctives

ASLID majors participate in a variety of unique learning experiences during their time at Bethel. These experiences include the following.

  • Interpreting at Chapel
  • Interpreting Tours and Role-Plays
  • Study Abroad Opportunities
  • Interaction with the Deaf Community
  • Interpreting For Theater Productions
  • Deaf Professors in all ASL Classes
  • Interpreting Mentors
  • A 15-week off-campus internship
  • And More!


Majors and Minors

Real Experiences

Faculty & Staff

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Edwin Carrington

Edwin Carrington

Titles: ASL Dept. Chair, Associate Prof of American Sign Language
Degrees: M.A.
Phone Numbers:
Work: 574.807.4120
Laura Polhemus

Laura Polhemus

Titles: Assistant Professor of American Sign Language Interpreting
Degrees: Ph.D.
Phone Numbers:
Work: 574.807.7156
Mondesi Walters

Mondesi Walters

Titles: Staff Interpreter, Career Development Counselor
Degrees: B.A.
Phone Numbers:
Work: 574.807.7640
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