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Bachelor of Arts in American Sign Language Lamar University


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Degree Description

The Bachelor of Arts in American Sign Language at Lamar University has three separate tracks for advocacy, teaching and interpreting. This degree could lead you to a career as a sign language interpreter, certified teacher, advocate and lobbyist, or even as a speech-language pathologist, postsecondary foreign language and literature teacher, or social worker.

ASL teaching and interpreting are considered two of the best, most meaningful jobs in the country. Within this program, you'll learn valuable communication skills that you can apply anywhere and with virtually anyone. ASL is a language that brings everyone together, and you'll get to learn from experts every day.

Why Study American Sign Language at Lamar?

The Lamar University Department of Deaf Studies & Deaf Education is an accredited member of the Council on Education of the Deaf. Lamar presents ASL as a culture- and community-based language that interacts with other world languages. Our program techniques include immersion and bilingual-bicultural comparison classes, community interaction, research, lab activities and use of digital video technology.

You will gain documented proficiency in ASL, validity within the deaf community and networking opportunities within the professional community. You will graduate from this program prepared for a career as an ASL interpreter, advocate or educator.

Career Paths

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, most sign language teachers are employed by junior colleges, museums and historical sites and institutions, and community services agencies. Top-paying industries for sign language interpreters include the federal executive branch, computer systems design, and colleges, universities, and professional schools.

Primary Careers

Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers and Instructors; Interpreters and Translators.

Career Areas

  • Primary education
  • Secondary education
  • Higher education
  • Public service
  • Communications
  • Interpreting

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Bachelor of Arts in American Sign Language.

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees

$22,734.00 (16,66,061) per year

USD $11,367 for 12 plus hours




College of Fine Arts and Communication



77710, United States

Entry requirement for international students

If you are an international student who has never been enrolled at a post-secondary college or university, you must submit all required documents and show evidence of a cumulative 2.5 grade point average on all secondary school work.

English language requirements:

  • TOEFL Internet Based Total: 71
  • TOEFL Computer Based Total: 197
  • TOEFL Paper Based Total: 527
  • IELTS Total: 6.0

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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