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Idaho State University

Sign Language Studies Minor

Sign Language Studies minor is designed primarily for upper division students (juniors-seniors) who have a related major (ELEM ED, FCS, CSD, SEC ED, SPED) and are not A.S. Degree seeking. Most will be continuing for a Master of Science (M.S.) in Deaf Education. The minor can be extended over 3 to 4 years. This minor study consists of brief introduction to the language and culture of Deaf Americans and in no way prepares students to work as sign language interpreters. The Minor is only offered on the Pocatello campus. 

In addition to the ISU General Education Objective requirements, the following classes (16 credits) are required:

CSD 1126 Deaf Studies (2 cr)

CSD 1151/1151L ASL I (4 cr) (partially satisfies OBJ 4 - see catalog for requirements)

CSD 1152/1152L ASL II (4 cr) (partially satisfies OBJ 4 - see catalog for requirements)

CSD 2205 Introduction to Professions in Communication Sciences (3 cr)

CSD 2256 Deaf Culture and Community (3 cr) (OBJ 9)


A minimum of 18 departmental course credits are required. Students may choose from the following list of elective courses to reach the minimum 18 credits.

CSD 2249 Fingerspelling and Numbers 3 cr
CSD 2250 Introduction to the Interpreting Profession 3 cr
CSD 2251 American Sign Language III 4 cr
CSD 2251L American Sign Language III Laboratory 0 cr
CSD 2252 American Sign Language IV 4 cr
CSD 2252L American Sign Language IV Laboratory 0 cr
CSD 2258 Language Acquisition in American Sign Language 3 cr
CSD 3341 Audiometry and Hearing Science 3 cr
CSD 3351 Linguistics of American Sign Language 4 cr
CSD 3352 Depiction in American Sign Language 3 cr
CSD 4420 Clinical Processes Adult 2 cr
SPED 3330 The Exceptional Child 3 cr












Contact Sign Languages Studies and Interpreting

Program Information and Admissions,

LaVona Andrew, Program Director, Sign Language Interpreting/Sign Language Studies,

(208) 373-1908 Admin.

(208) 373-1811

Meridian Health Science Center

1311 E. Central Drive

Meridian, ID 83642