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Bachelor’s Degrees in American Sign Language & Deaf Studies

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Earn your American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf Studies Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of General Studies degree

The interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies in American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf Studies degree programs offer comprehensive coursework to prepare you with the valuable skills to complement in-demand jobs and the foundations for ASL fluency or interpreting.

This historic collaboration between Johnson County Community College (JCCC) and the KU Edwards Campus (KUEC) unites JCCC’s 30-year history in ASL training and expertise with KUEC’s mission of providing the highest quality programs to equip the workforce with in-demand skills.

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Fewer than 35 ASL bachelor’s degrees or ASL interpreting degrees exist in the United States and less than a handful in the region. With the recent bachelor’s degree requirement to sit for national testing and earn certifications, these new degree programs address a significant need. Here’s your chance to serve the area’s robust Deaf community.

The B.A. and B.G.S. in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies offer the following four tracks (You must complete two to earn your degree.):

  • Deaf Studies and Social Justice
  • Advanced ASL
  • Becoming an Interpreter
  • Professional Interpreting

Learn more about program structure below, and download the program guide for curriculum specifics.

What jobs can I get with a bachelor’s degree in American Sign Language and Deaf studies?

Blending language and culture gives you broad applications for your career including the ability to communicate directly with the Deaf population. This program can help you continue on your path to becoming a professional interpreter, augment your existing ASL credentials or add an in-demand skillset to your other professional abilities.

A wide variety of fields need ASL-fluent professionals and interpreters and those with a heightened understanding of Deaf culture and social justice. Some of the career paths listed below are available to individuals with ASL proficiency combined with other professional skills. Students may achieve this combination through prior education and experience or double-majoring at the KU Edwards Campus.

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Is an ASL and Deaf studies degree right for me?

Are you in a field in which you would benefit from learning more about American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf Studies for direct communication? Are you a Deaf student who desires more background and a professional credential in your heritage language? Are you wanting to take the next step in becoming a professional interpreter?

The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies programs in American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf studies are designed for those who have either completed an associate degree with a focus on ASL or ASL interpreting or those who have completed ASL I-IV (typically four semesters of coursework). We are also excited to offer Deaf students advanced academic training in their heritage language.

How are the American Sign Language and Deaf studies bachelor’s degrees structured?

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
  • Professional Interpreting

Courses may count towards multiple tracks, but you will need to take additional electives to meet credit hour requirements for the major and each track.

B.A. in ASL and Deaf Studies

  • 30-33 credit hours plus KU undergraduate requirements
  • Must complete a second quantitative literacy course and a laboratory course
  • Complete 2 of 4 tracks 15-18 credit hours each

B.G.S. in ASL and Deaf Studies

  • 30-33 credit hours plus KU undergraduate requirements
  • Must complete a minor and a career preparation course
  • Complete 2 of 4 tracks 15-18 credit hours each

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Why a KU American Sign Language and Deaf studies degree?

Flexible

  • Flexible course formats
  • Major concentrations match student interest with experienced faculty
  • MetroKC tuition rate available for Missouri students

Quality

  • Credentialed, experienced faculty
  • Two-time recipient of Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising from KU’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • KU is one of 34 public university members of AAU

Useful

  • Hands-on, interdisciplinary curriculum
  • Opportunities for undergraduate research and study abroad
  • Focus on problem solving and community engagement

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