American Sign Language
The American Sign Language Studies Program provides language training to people who wish to learn American Sign Language and work with the deaf. With a major in ASL you will be prepared for interpreting, teaching, and other careers working with people who are deaf and hard of hearing. When you graduate you will have earned an Advanced or higher on the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) because you will be proficient in receptive and expressive ASL and knowledgeable about Deaf culture and history.
As a member of GWU’s Deaf Club, you’ll be able to promote deaf awareness by assisting the Deaf community as well as the general population. Deaf Club plans educational and social opportunities including silent dinners, coffee nights, Deaf Awareness Week every spring, and participating in the Homecoming parade.
ASL Table is a weekly silent dinner in the GWU cafeteria that allows you to join together with hearing and Deaf students and members of the community to practice ASL in real-life conversations.
All students regardless of ASL knowledge are invited to participate in Joyful Hands Ministry Team. You will be part of a sign language choir that performs Christian songs in sign language on Gardner-Webb’s campus, at local churches, and for community events.
Through the Office of Christian Life and Service, ASL-based mission trips will allow you the opportunity to interact with deaf people from other parts of the world and be exposed to other signed languages.
This award is presented each year to an outstanding senior majoring in ASL.
Your degree in American Sign Language will prepare you to take on rewarding interpreting positions in various settings such as healthcare centers, legal environments, education, business, mental health organizations, and more. You will also be prepared for graduate studies in ASL and linguistics. With teacher licensure, you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference in the schools throughout North Carolina by raising awareness for ASL and Deaf culture and creating opportunities for expression and communication.
Graduates with degrees in ASL are doing a variety of things including serving as interpreters, working at deaf schools, teaching ASL, and serving as missionaries internationally.