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Interpreting and Sign Language Studies

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The goal of our program is to prepare entry level professionals for the field of sign language interpreting in both community and education settings. This progressive program will provide you with a foundation in American Sign Language (ASL) and core knowledge and skills in interpreting. The remainder of the curriculum consists of special education and disability services coursework.

Two pathways to complete your BAS in ISLS
At Minot State, you have two pathways available for earning your bachelor of applied science degree in interpreting and sign language studies.

  • Path 1 is for students who already have an associate's degree in interpreting or wish to first obtain one from a local college. 
  • Path 2 is for students who have not taken any interpreting coursework but wish to begin their BAS degree with Minot State as freshmen or transfer students.

Four core learning goals
You will achieve four core student learning goals as an interpreter candidate: 

  1. Demonstrate the sensory, physical coordination, and stamina needed for the process of interpreting.
  2. Select and apply cognitive-linguistic skills during the process of interpreting in order to effectively
    represent the message.
  3. Use your knowledge of Deaf and hearing cultures, various disability characteristics, and educational/community support systems to differentiate the interpreting process and effectively facilitate communication amongst parties.
  4. Demonstrate the professional dispositions and ethical behaviors that are consistent with the
    National Association of the Deaf-Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Code of Professional Conduct (NAD-RID).

Career outlook
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, interpreters and translators earn a median pay of $49,110.

Offered: On campus, online

Contact Us:       1-800-777-0750 ext. 3350

Be inspired . . . earn your interpreting and sign language degree

Annual pay
Sign language interpreting is one of the fastest growing professions with the annual median pay at $49,110.

Flexible learning options
The program is delivered online and via distance video technology. You may choose to be present on campus or participate remotely.

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