B.A. in American Sign Language

How many hours are required to complete the  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in American Sign Language Studies?

A minimum of 120 credit hours of course work must be completed to earn an B.A. in American Sign Language Studies. 

How long will it take me to graduate?

The B.A. program in American Sign Language Studies is designed to be completed within 8 semesters.  This includes coursework, internship and student teaching.  Your program may be extended if you are working on a Texas state teaching certificate in teaching American Sign Language as a second language for K-12 programs.

How much cost is incurred for a regular fall or spring semester during the B.A. American Sign Language studies program?

Lamar University Tuition and Fees

Is the program designed for the working professional?

No. The courses offered in this program require frequent face-to-face classes.

On what days and at what times do classes typically meet?

Classes meet on Monday through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. There are two summer sessions offered, which begin early June and end mid-August. Meeting dates and times vary depending on the courses. 

Does the American Sign Language Studies program prepare me for a job?

Yes. The American Sign Language studies program prepares teachers of American Sign Language as second language for K-12 educational programs. You can take additional pedagogy courses to earn a Texas teachers’ certificate (ASL K-12) and you must pass an American Sign Language state exam (found through the TEA teacher certification website). The American Sign Language studies program also provides coursework, practicum, and internships if you wish to prepare for a career as an American Sign Language interpreter or in advocacy work working with Deaf individuals. See website for specific coursework for the track you wish to pursue.

Does the American Sign Language Studies program ensure that I will get a license as an American Sign Language interpreter?

No. Our program gives you the skills necessary to get in the field, but enrolling and completing the B.A. program in American Sign Language Studies does not guarantee you will be a licensed American Sign Language interpreter at the completion of the program. You must achieve a high skill level in American Sign Language to become an interpreter. Mastering a second language requires a high level of investment on your part. We will support you!

How can I earn a state and national license to be a certified American Sign Language interpreter?

Our American Sign Language Studies B.A. program provides students with the content knowledge and beginning/intermediate and advances skills in American Sign Language, including American Sign Language Literature and American Sign Language linguistics. Depending on your entering American Sign Language skills and how fast you progress in American Sign Language proficiency, this will impact when you are ready to take the Board of Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI) or the National Interpretation Certification (NIC) examinations.

Do you have an online program?

No. For majors and minors, we only offer face-to-face class meetings on campus.

How do I get admitted to the American Sign Language Studies program?

You must go through the regular admissions process to be admitted to an undergraduate degree program at Lamar University. 

If I am Deaf and my first language is American Sign Language, can I apply to the American Sign Language Studies program?

Yes. We welcome all students who are interested in pursuing a B.A. in American Sign Language! 

Does Lamar University provide support services for Deaf applicants in the American Sign Language Studies program?

Yes. See the Disability Resource Center website for more information.

If I come to Lamar University already having American Sign Language proficiencies, may I test out of beginning and intermediate ASL courses?

Yes. There is a $150. fee for each College Level Education Program (CLEP) placement exam. You must pass with a C or better to be permitted to go into the next level of American Sign Language.

Is there an American Sign Language lab available where I can develop my American Sign Language skills outside of class?

Yes. Our American Sign Language lab is open during the week days. The hours vary each semester, but full effort is made to make the lab available from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The lab is staffed with students who have demonstrated a high level of American Sign Language proficiency. The lab is equipped with state of the art curriculum, multimedia, DVDs, books, computers, webcams, and videorecorders.

How long will it take me to become proficient in American Sign Language?

American Sign Language proficiency is dependent on multiple factors such as aptitude, motivation, amount of time spent interacting with Deaf adults, attendance and participation in Deaf community events, courses taken including the linguistics of American Sign Language, DVDs viewed, and motivation. American Sign Language is like learning other foreign languages. It takes aptitude, time, practice, motivation, and effort as well as developing keen visual receptive skills and motor expressive skills.

How do I apply for scholarships/loans?

Office of Financial Aid