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American Sign Language
and Interpreting Studies


  • Associate in Applied Science Degree with 61 total credit hours
    • 20 credits of general education required
  • Certificate with 31 total credit hours completed in two semesters
  • Offered at the Devils Lake Campus
  • Eligible for Financial Aid

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The American Sign Language and Interpreting Studies program at Lake Region State College is the only program of its kind in North Dakota. Students in the program have access to the sign language environment and the North Dakota School for the Deaf (NDSD). Located one block from NDSD, Lake Region State College is ideally situated to offer this program.

The American Sign Language and Interpreting Studies program offers two levels of training. The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree allows students to acquire entry-level skills as an American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter. The services of interpreters are needed in a variety of settings. The AAS degree includes an internship with professional interpreters.

The two semester Certificate program gives students the opportunity to increase your understanding of deaf culture while developing fluency in American Sign Language. It can also be beneficial for students enrolled in related programs such as Early Childhood Education and Nursing.

*Note: Admission into the American Sign Language and Interpreting Studies require basic knowledge of ASL. Prior to acceptance, applicants must complete ASL 101 and ASL 102 with grades of B or higher, or be able to demonstrate proficiency in ASL.

Course Overview

Prerequisites

Note: Prior to acceptance into the program, applicants must complete the following courses, or demonstrate proficiency in ASL.

ASL 101 American Sign Language I 3
ASL102 American Sign Language II 3

 

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

ASL 110 Fundamentals of Interpreting 3
ASL 160 Fingerspelling and Numbers 3
ASL 201 American Sign Language III 3
ASL 202 American Sign Language IV 3
ASL 250 Survey of Deaf Culture 3
ASL 251 NAS-RID Preparations/Ethics 3
ASL 260 Classifiers and Non-Manual Markers 3
ASL 261 American Sign Language V 3
ASL 262 American Sign Language VI 3
ASL 271 English to ASL Interpreting 3
ASL 272 ASL to English Interpreting 3
ASL 273 Linguistics of ASL 2
**ASL 297 Internship 3
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
CSCI 101 Introduction to Computers 3
ENGL 110 College Composition I 3
*General Education Math, Science and Computer Science 3
*General Education Physical Education (HPER) 2
*Electives for AAS degree 9
TOTAL CREDITS 61

 **Prior to an internship, students must complete ASL 261, 271 and 272 with grades of B or higher. 

Certificate

ASL 160 Fingerspelling and Numbers 3
ASL 201 American Sign Language III 3
ASL 202 American Sign Language IV 3
ASL 250 Survey of Deaf Culture 3
ASL 260 Classifiers and Non-Manual Markers 3
ASL 273 Linguistics of ASL 2
Electives 13
TOTAL CREDITS 30

Admission Process

1. Application for Admission:

  • Choose your student type. If unsure of your student type clickherefor more information
  • A one time application fee of $35 is required

2. High School Transcript Request Form or GED test results
3. ACTorCompass Testing
4. College Transcripts, if applicable:

  • College transcripts can be requested from Registrar's Office of the institution granting the credits, or
  • Order transcripts from theNational Student Clearinghouse. Cost is $5 per transcript with a possible fee for shipping and handling

Hands-on Experience
Get interpreting skills and practice in real life situations with an ASL internship. Students pursuing an AAS degree in American Sign Language will train with professional interpreters working with deaf individuals.

Employment Opportunities
The passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has created an increase in part-time and full-time positions available for professional interpreters who have initiative and ability. As an interpreter, you may choose to be self-employed or work full- or part-time in public service or business. The services of sign language interpreters are needed in a variety of settings including education from pre-school to college, medical, human services, legal and performance arts. Wages vary according to your level of certification, educational background, experience and job assignment.

If you plan to pursue a bachelor's degree, you many want to complete the Associate in Arts (AA) transfer degree along with the AAS in American Sign Language and Interpreting Studies. Working closely with an advisor to select the appropriate courses is essential.

Resources
North Dakota School for the Deaf
National Association of the Deaf
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

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