American Sign Language - Indianapolis

Mission Statement
The mission of the Vincennes University American Sign Language program is to provide high quality of ASL and Deaf Culture studies instruction delivery. It includes a three-pronged approach: learning-centered instruction in and out of class, application and practices of acquiring and using ASL, and involvement and collaboration with the Deaf Community. Upon graduation, students are prepared for entry-level jobs, such as teacher assistant, secretary, and historian working with Deaf people or continue education in a Bachelor’s degree program. Some students, who already have a career working with Deaf people directly, want to pursue professional development.

Program Learning Outcomes
Students who complete course work in the American Sign Language program will be able to: 

  • comprehend an intermediate-level proficiency of American Sign Language incorporating vocabulary and grammatical features.
  • use an intermediate-level proficiency of American Sign Language incorporating vocabulary and grammatical features.
  • explain the norms, values, and social customs of Deaf Culture.
  • examine the common interests, goals, and diversity within Deaf Community.
  • assess current issues in the Deaf Culture and Community.
  • interpret aesthetic expressions in ASL Storytelling, Folklores, ASL Literature and De’Via Arts.