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Idaho State University

Associate of Science (A.S.) in Sign Language Studies

The Associate of Science Degree (A.S.) in Sign Language Studies (SLS) is a two year degree which is primarily designed for students who wish to continue their education beyond the associate degree level in the Sign Language Educational Interpreting Program, or for students who wish to obtain an interim degree before entering another major, such as Deaf Education. The Sign Language Studies Degree focuses on American Sign Language skills through academic courses and labs designed to provide a small group setting to facilitate instructor feedback and guidance. The Associate of Science is only offered on our Pocatello campus.

The objective of the A.S. in Sign Language Studies degree is to graduate students who have a thorough awareness of the culture of the deaf and the sociolinguistic aspects of hearing loss. Graduates of this program will have the ability to communicate conversationally with deaf and hard of hearing signers. They will have the ability to make ethically and culturally correct choices in signing environments. An individual with an Associate Degree in Sign Language Studies will be of great benefit to any organization where conversational communication with deaf and hard of hearing individuals might occur. While the graduate will not be trained to interpret in any environment, they will have the knowledge and awareness to secure qualified interpreting services should the situation necessitate such.

Students interested in the A.S. in Sign Language Studies should contact Jill Radford at radfjill@isu.edu for additional information.

SLI and SLS 2018-2019 Policy and Procedures Handbook.pdf

Please see the Sign Language Interpreting Suggested Course Sequence for the Associate of Science (A.S.) in Sign Language Studies sequence.

Please visit ISU catalog for required courses for the Associate of Science (A.S.) in Sign Language Studies.