B.A. and B.G.S. in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies and graduate and undergraduate certificates Program Details


Learn more on the KU School of Professional Studies American Sign Language and Deaf Studies program page.

Applications deadlines:
 
Fall: Feb. 1
 Spring: Nov. 1
 Summer: May 1

 Transfer students

· Apply to the University of Kansas as a transfer student.

· Email the program advisor or call (913) 897-8539 about your interest in becoming a transfer student for the American Sign Language and Deaf Studies program.

Former KU students not currently enrolled at KU:

· Complete an application for readmission to the University.

Transfer scholarship deadline: Feb. 1

 

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies programs

Admissions criteria 

  1. The program follows the policies governing admission to undergraduate study at the University of Kansas. Students must submit an online application to the University and be admitted. Admissions decisions will be the responsibility of the Director of the B.A. degree program and all applications will be reviewed by a faculty admissions committee.
  2. Majors must complete courses to gain fourth semester language proficiency, or an equivalent placement, as demonstrated through a language proficiency exam administered by the department. 

 

Curriculum and Requirements

The major requires as total of at least 30 credit hours (completed through 10 courses at three credit hours each). Students are recommended to consult with their academic success coach prior to enrolling in course work to ensure that all pre-requisites are met. 

All courses are offered in person on the Edwards Campus. 

Required:

·      ASLD 311 Introduction to Deaf Studies

·      ASLD 312 Intersectionality and Deaf Communities

·      ASLD 313 Social Justice and Allyship with Deaf Communities

·      ASLD 505 American Sign Language V (ASL V)

·      ASLD 506 American Sign Language VI (ASL VI)

·      ASLD 588 Internship in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies
or ASLD 589 Research Experience in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies 


Pick four electives from the following list:

·      ASLD 414 Historical Foundations of Deaf Education

·      ASLD 428 Special Topics in Deaf Studies:_____

·      ASLD 501 Introduction to the ASL/English Interpreting Profession

·      ASLD 502 Theories of Interpreting: Co-Constructions of Meaning

·      ASLD 520 American Sign Language Linguistics

·      ASLD 521 Discourse Analysis of ASL

·      ASLD 523 ASL Pragmatics and Syntax

·      ASLD 530 American Sign Language Literature

·     ASLD 589 Research Experience in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies

·    ASLD 608 ASL/English Interpreting Observation Practicum   

·     ASLD 626 Topics in ASL Vocabulary and Discourse:_____

·     ASLD 631 Advanced American Sign Language Literature

·      ANTH/LING 320 Language in Culture and Society

·      LING 343 Bilingualism

·      LING 435 Psycholinguistics I

Students wishing to sit for the interpreting credentialing exam are strongly encouraged to complete the ASL/English Interpreting certificate (Introduction and Professional Interpreting) in addition to their bachelor's in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies. Completion of the bachelors and certificate programs may result in the need to complete additional coursework. Please consult with your academic success coach for additional information. 

 

Transfer Credit

·  A maximum of 64 hours from community or junior colleges count within the minimum cumulative credit hour requirement.

·  Only transfer grades of C or higher count toward KU degree requirements.

·  Courses graded credit/no-credit or pass/fail are not accepted.

·  Visit KU’s transfer credit website to ensure your transfer credits will count toward the KU degree.

 

Graduation Requirements 

  • 120-credit-hour minimum – In addition to major requirements, students must complete the KU Core, KU’s general education curriculum for undergraduates, as well as electives – B.A. students must have a second quantitative literacy course and a laboratory course – B.G.S. students must complete a minor and a career preparation course 
  • 45 credits must be junior/senior-level, with at least 30 junior/senior-level in residence at KU

KU Core

The KU Core is the university-wide curriculum that all incoming students will fulfill as part of their degree, in addition to degree-specific and major requirements. Completion of an AA degree at a Kansas community college satisfies KU Core goals 1-3. For more information, visit: kucore.ku.edu.

Critical Thinking & Quantitative Literacy | 2 Units

GE11: Critical Thinking (Will be met by major requirements)

GE12: Quantitative Literacy (Will be met by major requirements)


Communication | 3 Units

GE21: Written Communication 1

GE21: Written Communication 2

GE22: Oral Communication (Public Speaking recommended)

 

Breadth of Knowledge | 3 Units

GE3H: Arts and Humanities

GE3N: Natural Sciences with lab (Will be met by major requirements)

GE3S: Social Sciences (Intro to Psychology recommended)

 

Culture and Diversity | 2 Units

AE41: Human Diversity (Sociology recommended)

AE42: Global Culture/Awareness

 

Social Responsibility and Ethics | 1 Unit

AE51: One course

 

Integration and Creativity | 1 Unit

AE61: Analyzing and Combining Ideas 

 

Please see the program advisor for additional details.

 

Graduate and undergraduate certificates in American Sign Language & Deaf Studies

Admissions requirements

Transfer students:

· Apply to the University of Kansas as a transfer student.

· Email the program advisor or call (913) 897-8539 about your interest in becoming a transfer student for the American Sign Language and Deaf Studies program.

Transfer scholarship deadline: Feb. 1

 

Undergraduate admissions criteria 

The admissions requirements for KU’s undergraduate certificate in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies programs include:

  1. Meet with an academic advisor/success coach at the Edwards Campus
  2. Apply to the University of Kansas as a transfer or readmit student

3.ASL/English Language Proficiency Assessment*

*The Advanced American Sign Language and ASL/English Interpreting certificates require fourth semester ASL proficiency, or equivalent, or beyond demonstrated through successful completion of a language proficiency assessment provided through the department. 

Graduate admissions criteria

Current KU students

1. A copy of your KU advising report;

2. A letter of support from your graduate degree program.

3. Statement of interest

4. ASL/English Language Proficiency Exam*

Non-KU students

An official transcript from any institutions attended;

  1. A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above is required; students with a GPA between 3.0 and 2.0 may be provisionally admitted given relevant professional experience and achievement.
  2. Statement of Interest
  3.  Two letters of reference
  4. ASL Proficiency Exam*

 

*All students interested in pursuing the Advanced American Sign Language and/or ASL/English Interpreting certificates must complete an ASL proficiency exam prior to beginning the program. Applicants will demonstrate their proficiency by submitting a video recording on their signed responses to prompted questions. 
 

Curriculum and Requirements

Undergraduate Certificate Programs

Deaf Studies and Social Justice undergraduate certificate


Required Courses

Course name

Hours

ASLD 311: Introduction to Deaf Studies

3

ASLD 312: Intersectionality and Deaf Communities

3

ASLD 313: Social Justice and Allyship with Deaf Communities

3

 

Electives (choose two)

Course name

Hours

ASLD 414: Historical Foundations of Deaf Education

3

ASLD 428: Special Topics in Deaf Studies: _____

3

ASLD 588: Internship in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies

3

ASLD 589: Research Experience in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies

3

LING 435: Psycholinguistics I

3

ANTH 320/ LING 320 Language in Culture and Society

3

LING 343 Bilingualism

3

 

Advanced American Sign Language undergraduate certificate

Required Courses

Course Name

Hours

ASLD 505: American Sign Language V (ASL V) 

3

ASLD 506: American Sign Language VI (ASL VI) 

3

 

Electives (choose three)

Course name

Hours

ASLD 520: American Sign Language Linguistics

3

ASLD 521: Discourse Analysis of ASL

3

ASLD 523: ASL Pragmatics and Syntax

3

ASLD 524: Visual-Gestural Communication

3

ASLD 530: American Sign Language Literature

3

ASLD 631: Advanced American Sign Language Literature

3

ASLD 626: Topics in ASL Vocabulary and Discourse: _____

3

 

ASL/English Interpreting undergraduate certificate

Introduction to ASL/English Interpreting Track

Required courses

Course name

Hours

ASLD 501: Introduction to the ASL/English Interpreting Profession

3

ASLD 502: Theories of Interpreting: Co-Constructions of Meaning

3

 

Electives (choose three)

Course name

Hours

ASLD 603: Interpreting: Mediated Interactions in Communications

3

ASLD 607: Ethics and Professionalization for Interpreters

3

ASLD 610: Psychological Effects of Interpreting

3

ASLD 608: ASL/English Interpreting Observation Practicum

3

 

 

Professional ASL/English Interpreting Track

Required courses

Course name

Hours

ASLD 607: Ethics and Professionalization for Interpreters

3

ASLD 610: Psychological Effects of Interpreting

3

ASLD 609: Practicum in American Sign Language Interpreting

3

 

Electives (choose two)

Course name

Hours

ASLD 502 Theories of Interpreting: Co-Constructions of Meaning

 

ASLD 603: Interpreting: Mediated Interactions in Communications

3

ASLD 604: Interpreting: ASL to English

3

ASLD 605: Interpreting: English to ASL

3

ASLD 606: Interpreting: Diverse Communities

3

ASLD 615: Business Practices for Interpreters

3

ASLD 616: Interpreting: Dynamic Paralinguistic Demands

3

ASLD 638: Topics in Interpreting: _____

3

LING 343 Bilingualism

3

 

 

Graduate Certificate Programs

Deaf Studies and Social Justice Graduate Certificate

Required Courses

Course name

Hours

ASLD 611: Introduction to Deaf Studies

3

ASLD 612: Intersectionality and Deaf Communities

3

ASLD 613: Social Justice and Allyship with Deaf Communities

3

 

Electives (choose two)

Course name

Hours

ASLD 614: Historical Foundations of Deaf Education

3

ASLD 628: Special Topics in Deaf Studies: _____

3

ASLD 788: Internship in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies

3

ASLD 789: Research Experience in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies

3

LING 735: Psycholinguistics I

3

 

Advanced American Sign Language certificate

Required Courses

Course Name

Hours

ASLD 705: American Sign Language V (ASL V) 

3

ASLD 706: American Sign Language VI (ASL VI) 

3

 

Electives (choose three)

Course name

Hours

ASLD 720: American Sign Language Linguistics

3

ASLD 721: Discourse Analysis of ASL

3

ASLD 723: ASL Pragmatics and Syntax

3

ASLD 724: Visual-Gestural Communication

3

ASLD 730: American Sign Language Literature

3

ASLD 831: Advanced American Sign Language Literature

3

ASLD 826: Topics in ASL Vocabulary and Discourse: _____

3

 

 

ASL/English Interpreting Graduate Certificate

Introduction to ASL/English Interpreting Track

Required courses

Course name

Hours

ASLD 701: Introduction to the ASL/English Interpreting Profession

3

ASLD 702: Theories of Interpreting: Co-Constructions of Meaning

3

 

Electives (choose three)

Course name

Hours

ASLD 803: Interpreting: Mediated Interactions in Communications

3

ASLD 806: Interpreting: Diverse Communities

3

ASLD 807: Ethics and Professionalization for Interpreters

3

ASLD 810: Psychological Effects of Interpreting

3

ASLD 808: ASL/English Interpreting Observation Practicum

3

 

 

Professional ASL/English Interpreting Track

Required courses

Course name

Hours

ASLD 702: Theories of Interpreting: Co-Constructions of Meaning

3

ASLD 807: Ethics and Professionalization for Interpreters

3

ASLD 810: Psychological Effects of Interpreting

3

ASLD 809: Practicum in American Sign Language Interpreting

3

 

Electives (choose one)

Course name

Hours

ASLD 803: Interpreting: Mediated Interactions in Communications

3

ASLD 806: Interpreting: Diverse Communities

3

ASLD 815: Business Practices for Interpreters

3

ASLD 816: Interpreting: Dynamic Paralinguistic Demands

3

ASLD 838: Topics in Interpreting: _____

3

ASLD 804: Interpreting: ASL to English

3

ASLD 805: Interpreting: English to ASL

3

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