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  • B.A. and B.G.S. in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies Program Details

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

See the overview of the B.A. and B.G.S. in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies Program here.

Tuition and fees: https://edwardscampus.ku.edu/edwards-campus-tuition-fees
To apply: https://admissions.ku.edu/transfer-requirements-deadlines/transfer-applying
Applications deadlines:
 Fall: Feb. 1
 Spring: Nov. 1
 Summer: May 1
Comprehensive KU course catalog: https://catalog.ku.edu/
KU grading and grades: https://registrar.ku.edu/grades
KU School of Professional Studies: https://sps.ku.edu

KU School of Languages, Literatures, & Culture: https://sllc.ku.edu/

KU calendar: http://registrar.ku.edu/calendar/

KU refund policies: https://registrar.ku.edu/fee-petition

 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


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 a total of 30-33 credit hours (completed through 10-13 courses at three credit hours each). Students must complete two of four academic tracks (15-18 credit hours/5-6 courses each): Deaf Studies and Social Justice; Advanced ASL; Becoming an Interpreter; or Professional Interpreting. 

All courses are offered in person on the Edwards Campus. Consult with your advisor prior to enrolling to ensure you meet all pre-requisites. 

Courses are eligible to count towards multiple tracks, but students will be expected to take additional electives to meet credit hour requirements for the major and each track.

Deaf Studies and Social Justice

This track provides an overview of Deaf studies and social justice with the Deaf community. The track may be of interest to non-ASL and Deaf studies students.



·      ASLD 311 Introduction to Deaf Studies

·      ASLD 312 Intersectionality and Deaf Communities

·      ASLD 313 Social Justice and Allyship with Deaf Communities

Pick two electives from the following list:

·      ASLD 414 History of Deaf Education

·      ASLD 428 Special Topics in Deaf Studies:_____

·      ASLD 488 Internship in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies

·      ASLD 489 Research Experience in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies

·      ANTH/LING 320 Language in Culture and Society

·      LING 343 Bilingualism

·      LING 435 Psycholinguistics I


Advanced ASL

This track moves students from basic ASL to ASL proficiency. It is ideal for those who have completed an AA with an ASL certificate at an accredited program or ASL I-IV. This track may also benefit working interpreters or educators working with the Deaf community, who have basic knowledge of ASL but would like to improve their skills.



·      ASLD 505 American Sign Language V (ASL V)

·      ASLD 506 American Sign Language VI (ASL VI)

·      ASLD 520 American Sign Language Linguistics

·      ASLD 521 Discourse Analysis of ASL

Select one elective:

·      ASLD 523 ASL Pragmatics and Syntax

·      ASLD 524 Visual-Gestural Communication

·      ASLD 530 American Sign Language Literature

·      ASLD 631 Advanced American Sign Language Literature

·      ASLD 626 Topics in ASL Vocabulary and Discourse:_____


Becoming an Interpreter

This track is for students who have completed coursework toward an AA and certificate in ASL. It is also open to students who are heritage language signers, or have completed ASL I-IV. It is highly recommended students complete the Advanced ASL track before the Becoming an Interpreter track. An ASL proficiency test is required to begin the Becoming an Interpreter track.


·      ASLD 501 Introduction to the Interpreting Profession

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

·      ASLD 503 Interpreting: Mediated Interactions in Communications

Select one elective:

·      ASLD 509 Ethics & Professionalization for Interpreters

·      ASLD 510 Psychological Effects of Interpreting

·      ASLD 508 Interpreting: Diverse Communities

·      ASLD 604 Interpreting: ASL to English

·      ASLD 605 Interpreting: English to ASL

Professional Interpreting

This track is ideal for working interpreters and students who have completed the AAS in Interpreter Training. Over time, this track may be used as a vehicle for interpreting specializations such as medical interpreting, legal interpreting, etc. Students must have some previous experience as an interpreter, hold an AAS from an accredited program, or have completed Introduction to Interpreting before beginning this track.


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

·      ASLD 509 Ethics & Professionalization for Interpreters

·      ASLD 510 Psychological Effects of Interpreting


Select three electives:

·      ASLD 503 Interpreting: Mediated Interactions in Communications

·      ASLD 604 Interpreting: ASL to English

·      ASLD 605 Interpreting: English to ASL

·      ASLD 508 Interpreting: Diverse Communities

·      ASLD 538 Topics in Interpreting:_____

·      ASLD 515 Business Practices for Interpreters

·      ASLD 516 Interpreting: Dynamic Paralinguistic Demands

·      LING 343 Bilingualism


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 (Will be met with Capstone course BIOL 599)


Please see the program advisor for additional details.

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