American Sign Language Studies

M State's American Sign Language Studies program provides basic training in ASL and an understanding of Deaf Culture
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While this 17-credit certificate program does not prepare students to be interpreters, it enables 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

The program is offered on our Moorhead campus.

Here is what you'll learn

  • Recognize the difference between Deaf Culture and 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