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New interpreting and sign language degree approved for MSU

In collaboration with Lake Region State College and the North Dakota School for the Deaf/Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Minot State University will offer a Bachelor of Applied Science in Interpreting and Sign Language Studies degree.

“We are excited to be partnering with LRSC and NDSD/RCDHH to offer this new opportunity for students,” said Holly Pedersen, assistant professor of special education and program director. “There is a shortage of qualified interpreters nationwide and we hope to address that problem in North Dakota and beyond.”

The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education recently approved the degree, which is expected to be offered beginning spring semester 2016.

“This degree program lays a foundation to prepare professional American Sign Language interpreters to work in a variety of settings,” said Greg Sampson, Department of Special Education chair. “This new program will positively impact children and their families in the region.”

For questions, contact Pedersen at or 858-3050.

Published: 10/12/15

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