• American Sign Language Studies

    Learn the basics of communicating in American Sign Language or build a foundation for a career in a deafness-related field.


American Sign Language Studies

M State's 17-credit certificate in American Sign Language Studies provides basic training in ASL and an understanding of Deaf Culture. While the program does not prepare students to be interpreters, it will enable students to strengthen their ASL skills for communicating with deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in:

  • Education
  • Social service agencies
  • Law offices and the court system
  • Medical fields
  • Vocational rehabilitation

Graduates can continue their education in M State's AAS degree in Sign Language Interpreter Preparation, which prepares students to work as interpreters for deaf and hard-of-hearing people.


Why M State

  • Exceptional educational value
  • Hands-on instruction
  • Small class sizes with personalized instruction
  • Learn from experienced instructors
  • Participate in social and cultural activities with individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing

Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Recognize the difference between Deaf cultureand deafness as a medical condition
  • Communicate more effectively with deaf and hard-of-hearing people in varied settings
  • Demonstrate basic conversational skills and use appropriate ASL vocabulary, finger spelling and numbers
  • Prepare to meet prerequisites for ASL interpreter programs

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American Sign Language Studies Certificate
Locations: Moorhead

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Meet the faculty

Dixie Duncan
American Sign Language Faculty
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Molly Engstrom
American Sign Language Instructor
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Jerry Geist
Faculty, American Sign Language
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Kristi Hilton
American Sign Language
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Required courses for the ASL certificate

  • American Sign Language and Deaf Culture I, II,III and IV
  • Intercultural Communication

Learn more

· Visit minnesota.edu/programs

· Call 877.450.3322

Last modified: June 22nd, 2015 at 12:10pm