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American Sign Language

Interested in American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf culture? Did you know that ASL is the preferred language of the Deaf community in the United States and throughout much of Canada? When pursuing an American Sign Language degree on our St. Paul campus, you develop unique insights into the cultural aspects and needs of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing people, preparing you for successful careers in education, government services, community services and more.

what can I do with a degree in American Sign Language?

Graduates with a degree in American Sign Language can work in a variety of fields where ASL language skills are needed. Students often find themselves working in:

  • Education
  • Government
  • Healthcare as administrators and support service providers

Students frequently pursue graduate degrees in:

  • Education
  • Linguistics
  • Social Work
  • Other related fields

To create a clearer career track, we encourage ASL majors to pursue a dual major or pair the program with a minor. There are nearly 60 undergraduate programs from which to choose!

what will I study?

As a St. Kate’s ASL major, you’ll learn ASL from native users of the language. You will immerse yourself in a rigorous course plan that incorporates liberal arts and professional studies, such as:

  • Sociology
  • Linguistics
  • Communications
  • Interacting with DeafBlind people
  • Sign variation
  • Fingerspelling

The ASL major at St. Kate’s allows students to study the language and culture of American Deaf people. As an ASL major, you will strive to increase communicative competence in ASL, as well as your ability to comprehend and appreciate ASL literature. You will also study principles of translation, working from written texts and video texts.

All courses with an ASL prefix will be taught in ASL, without the use of spoken English. As an ASL major, you will be encouraged to pursue a minor in Language Studies and/or participate in a study abroad program. Many ASL majors choose to double major in communication studies, education, nursing or psychology or pursue a master’s degree in ASL or a related field.

Did you know?

  • American Sign Language is offered as a major, minor, and second degree.

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why St. Kate's?

You’ll have the opportunity to engage in service-based learning, volunteering with organizations like the Metro Deaf School, Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf, Thompson Hall Deaf Club and many after-school programs. Students have also volunteered or interned with government agencies, theatrical venues, community organizations and political organizations, including international efforts in Kenya and Jamaica.

Program Accreditation

The Department of American Sign Language (ASL) and Interpreting at St. Catherine University is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education.

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ASL and Interpreting at St. Kate's

ASL and Interpreting at St. Kate's

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Major Course Requirements

Major Course Requirements

Explore the required, supporting and recommended courses.

Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum

The path to a baccalaureate degree at St. Kate’s begins with a core curriculum that emphasizes intellectual inquiry and social teaching; challenging students to transformational leadership.



Our faculty, both Deaf and non-Deaf, are active interpreters and researches. They are internationally renowned for their contributions to the interpreting profession. Most of all, they’re passionate, caring teachers.

The St. Kate’s Experience

The St. Kate’s Experience

This unique program brings together resources, activities and personal support to help you achieve your goals.