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American Sign Language and Sign Language Interpreting

The Special Education Department offers flexible curriculum packages in the areas of American Sign Language and sign language interpreter training to meet a variety of student needs.

What makes our programs special?

  • Deaf and CODA faculty
  • Deaf mentors to support student learning
  • Distance delivery accessible anywhere
  • Certified interpreter faculty
  • Flexible curriculum components to enhance other majors

Two areas to study

  1. American Sign Language: We offer a solid foundation in American Sign Language (ASL) as well as exposure to the richness of Deaf culture in North America.
  2. Interpreter training: If you have a solid foundation in ASL, interpreter training prepares you for the profession of professional interpreting. 

These two focus areas are available as both stand-alone certificates and as minors.

Career outlook
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, interpreters and translators earn a median pay of $53,640 per year.

Offered: On campus, online

Program options (Catalog Links)

Department website

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Flexible learning
Minors can be pursued by any student in progress of a bachelor’s degree at Minot State or any other institution of higher education. Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree from Minot State or another institution may also choose to pursue a minor and have it transcripted. You must first complete the ASL focus area — or demonstrate equivalent ASL skills — before being permitted to enter the interpreter training focus area.

For students wishing to prepare for the profession of interpreting and who desire a bachelor’s degree focusing exclusively on this content, the two focus areas may be taken sequentially and embedded within the Bachelor of General Studies degree or the Bachelor of Individualized Studies degree.

Finally, students from any major may choose to pursue the 12 credit deaf studies concentration in order to enhance their knowledge of North American Deaf culture.

Minot State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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