American Sign Language

This program is only offered at the Indiana School for the Deaf located in Indianapolis.

American Sign Language (ASL) is the third most frequently used language in the country, and yet Indiana only has a few dozen certified interpreters to serve a Deaf population in excess of 55,000.

To help alleviate this critical shortage of ASL professionals, Vincennes University and IUPUI have partnered to develop an intensive four-year program to train American Sign Language interpreters. It's the only such program in Indiana

Critical Elements of Learning

ASL is taught at the Indiana School for the Deaf (ISD) in Indianapolis. Two critical elements comprise a truly innovative program that will make it easier for you to learn:

  1. Frequently and continuous exposure to the native language of the deaf population
  2. A customized video language laboratory

Completing Your Baccalaureate Degree

After completing your first two years at VU (ISD), you will transfer to IUPUI to complete your baccalaureate degree. During your junior and senior years you will learn to communicate this new language by mastering the technical skills involved in interpretation.

Many classes are offered in the evenings to better accomodate students' schedules.

Dr. Cynthia Sanders, VU Chair of the ASL program

Learn more about the courses required for this program

Mission Statement and Program Outcomes