Signed Language Interpreting Major Study Requirements

The B.S. major in Signed Language Interpreting requires Ling 2110 and a minimum of 40 hours in Sign numbered above 200: 2125, 2210, 2220, 2130, 2150, 305, 310, 352, 360, 411, 412, 418, 419. The department must approve students majoring in Signed Language Interpreting. Please refer to the Signed Language Interpreting Roadmap for more information.

Students must earn a C or above in each course to be eligible to take subsequent SIGN courses.

Effective June 2013, students are permitted a maximum of two attempts to apply and interview for acceptance to the major in Signed Language Interpreting. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for the program as soon as they have completed the pre-requisites (English 1120, SIGN 2125, SIGN 2210, SIGN 2130 and be eligible to transfer to the College of Arts & Sciences)

Departmental Honors: A student seeking departmental honors in the Department of Linguistics (for majors in either Linguistics or Signed Language Interpreting) should identify a research project during the junior year in consultation with an appropriate professor/mentor and should submit a proposal in the form of a letter to the department chairperson.

If the proposal is approved by the department chairperson, the student should enroll in Ling 498 the first semester of the senior year and Ling 499 the second semester of the senior year. These six hours of honors work are in addition to the minimum number of hours required for the major.

American Sign Language Minor Requirements

The minor in American Sign Language requires 2125, 2210, 2220, 310, 320, 352. Please consult with your college advisor about this minor.

Please note our policies:

Students must earn a C or above in each course to be eligible to take subsequent SIGN courses (effective on Jan 1, 2024).

Effective Spring semester 2013, students (including majors and minors) must successfully complete SIGN courses numbered 2210 and above within two attempts. An attempt includes receiving any letter grade (A through F), WP, WF, W, WNC, CR, NC, I, or AUDIT.

Courses accepted by UNM to fulfill the university’s core curriculum requirements should not be assumed to satisfy Signed Language Interpreting Program prerequisite courses or major requirements. Please see program director or contact for more information.


RESTRICTED FORMS for Fall 2024 Classes.

If you are interested in taking a SIGN class at UNM in Fall 2024, and you have already taken or are currently taking SIGN 2125, please click on the Restricted Form link below, fill out the form, and submit it to us. We will email you as soon as possible if you have been accepted into a class. If you have any questions, please email Thank you.