American Sign Language & Interpreting Studies

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 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.

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.

American Sign Language also counts as a Humanities credit, so if you don't want to take a History or Art class, you can learn how to interact with American Sign Language and earn Humanities credit.

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

Associate in Applied Science Degree

ASL 101 American Sign Language I 4
ASL 102 American Sign Language II 4
ASL 110 Fundamentals of Interpreting/Ethics 3
ASL 150 Specialized Vocabulary I 2
ASL 160 Fingerspelling and Numbers 3
ASL 170 Specialized Vocabulary II 2
ASL 201 American Sign Language III 3
ASL 202 American Sign Language IV 3
ASL 250 Survey of Deaf Culture 3
ASL 251 Interpreter Certification Preparation 2
ASL 271 English to ASL Interpreting 3
ASL 272 ASL to English Interpreting 3
ASL 297 Field Experience 4
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
CSCI 101 Introduction to Computers 3
ENGL 110 College Composition I 3
ENGL 120 College Composition II 3
MATH 103 College Algebra 3
PSYC 100 Human Relations in Organizations 3

Total Credits: 62-63




Certificate    
First Semester  
ASL 101 American Sign Language I 4
ASL 110 Fundamentals of Interpreting/Ethics 3
ASL 150 Specialized Vocabulary I 2
*Electives   6
Second Semester
ASL 102 American Sign Language II 4
ASL 250 Survey of Deaf Culture 3
ASL 170 Specialized Vocabulary II 2
*Electives   6
TOTAL CREDITS 30

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.