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Interpreting students learn how to help deaf and hearing people communicate with each other.

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Interpreting and Sign Language Studies

This innovative "2+2" program offers students the opportunity to complete an Associate of Applied Science degree in American Sign Language and Interpreting Studies with Lake Region State College (LRSC) and then transfer to Minot State Univerity to complete the Interpreting and Sign Language Studies (ISLS) Bachelor of Applied Science degree (BAS). Students can take the entire program from either campus or from a remote location where courses are delivered via interactive live video technologies.

Minot State University, Lake Region State College and the ND School for the Deaf/Resource Center for Deaf/Hard of Hearing have developed this partnership to address the nationwide shortage of qualified interpreters.

Who is the BAS degree designed for?
Students completing their AAS degree in American Sign Language and Interpreting Studies program at LRSC, as well as others who hold a similar degree from another institution, may apply for the BAS in ISLS. This program is ideal for candidates in rural and isolated areas who do not have access to larger on campus programs.

How will the specialized BAS degree be delivered?
Students should complete the AAS from LRSC and the BAS from Minot State University. Rural and isolated students may access the program remotely. Students can take both the AAS and BAS from either campus. Through a combination of real-time interactive video and online technologies, students can receive high quality coursework and participate in practical opportunities at a distance.

What is the purpose of the BAS degree?
The purpose of the BAS degree is to respond to the shortage of qualified interpreters locally and nationwide. This program lays a foundation to prepare professional ASL interpreters to work in a variety of settings. This degree is unique as it 1) provides continuous American Sign Language and Interpreting coursework throughout all four years of study, 2) supplements core coursework with special education and disability related content, and 3) allows students flexible general education and elective options.

How do I start?
Students who do not already have an AAS should enroll in LRSC’s AAS degree in American Sign Language and Interpreting Studies and then apply as a transfer student to Minot State University’s ISLS program.

Is there a deadline for applying
The BAS program director will work with students on an individual basis to outline the required course of action for program requirements.

Is financial aid available?
Students can apply for financial aid from LRSC while completing the AAS and from MSU while completing the BAS. Students can apply for federal financial aid by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at


Courses Required

For a complete list of courses and descriptions, please go to course catalog.

All courses subject to change. Other coursework required.

Contact Information
Holly Pedersen, Ed. D.
BAS Program Director
Department of Special Education
Phone: 701-858-3846 or 1-800-777-0750 ext. 3846

Lisa Ginther
American Sign Language & Interpreter Studies Coordinator
Lake Region State College
Phone: 701-662-1649