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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 degree will provide you with a foundation in American Sign Language (ASL) and core knowledge and skills in interpreting, while the remainder of our curriculum consists of special education and disability services coursework. Our program is delivered online and via distance video technology, giving you the choice to be present on campus or participate remotely. Our core faculty includes deaf mentors and nationally certified interpreters, giving you a strong foundation for your future career.

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. Our partner, Lake Region State College in Devils Lake, North Dakota, offers an associate of applied science degree for interested students.
  • 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.

4 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 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).

Contact Us:       askmsu@minotstateu.edu       1-800-777-0750 ext. 3350

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Employment outlook
Sign language interpreting is one of the fastest growing professions and is expected to experience job growth of 42% by 2020.

Annual pay
The annual median pay for sign language interpreters is $47,000.

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