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Bachelor of Arts (BA) in American Sign Language Studies

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It’s the fourth most studied modern language at colleges and universities in the U.S. It can help you become an advocate for the Deaf and hard of hearing, their families, the community, and for accessibility services.

Community. Culture. Language. History. American Sign Language (ASL) Studies touches on it all.

As an ASL Studies degree major at William Woods University, you will not only learn to communicate effectively and fluently in ASL, but also to think critically about issues such as identity, diversity and culture.

The Bachelor degree in American Sign Language Studies is an interdisciplinary study that includes advanced coursework in ASL, as well as understanding of Deaf Culture, ethics and linguistics. The degree is enhanced with electives in interesting and relevant topics, including child development, psychology and social work. ASL Studies at William Woods University is flexible and attractive option for students considering a double major — one that can benefit any area of study.

Special Opportunities

  • All language based courses are taught in American Sign Language (ASL)
  • Join other ASL students in experiences all over the world. In the past, we’ve taken students to locations in London, Paris and Rome
  • Work directly with students at the Missouri School for the Deaf, the local Deaf community, and Deaf instructors and tutors
  • Utilize our state-of-the-art language and interpreting lab equipped with Apple workstations and large-screen monitors for language development.
  • Join extracurricular learning experiences including the ASL Honor Society and the Hands Up club on campus
  • Work one on one with Deaf language mentors in the ASL lab.

Career opportunities

A Bachelor of Arts degree in ASL can supplement and enrich virtually any career — law, health care, public relations, communications, you name it — in so many settings, including mental health clinics, social service agencies, interpretation agencies, video relay providers, hospitals and clinics, government institutions and schools. This is why, very often, students double major in various fields — psychology, political/legal studies, social work, education, and more.

Employers

William Woods University alumni are working at these and other organizations:

  • The Whole Family Project of Kansas City
  • Special School District of St. Louis County
  • Fulton State Hospital
  • St. Joseph School District
  • Deaf Expressions
  • North Dakota School for the Deaf
  • Arkansas School for the Deaf
  • Missouri School for the Deaf
  • Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Requirements/Curriculum

The Bachelor of Arts in American Sign Language Studies degree at William Woods University consists of 122 distinct credit hours for graduation—including 36 core major credits, 3 required elective credits, a minor, and a year of foreign language.

Courses you may take

ASL101

Career Seminar in ASL Studies

3

ASL105

American Sign Language I

3

ASL120

Deaf Culture

3

ASL145

American Sign Language II

3

ASL205

American Sign Language III

3

ASL220

Ethics and Decision Making

3

ASL240

Fingerspelling and Numbers

3

ASL245

American Sign Language IV

3

ASL305

American Sign Language V

3

ASL316

Linguistics of Non-Manual Markers in ASL

3

ASL345

American Sign Language VI

3

ASL425

Linguistics of American Sign Language

3

ASL430

ASL Literature

3

Curriculum


Admissions Information

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