Vincennes University is the only public university in the state of Indiana to offer an academic program in American Sign Language & Deaf Studies (ASL and Deaf Studies). Established in 1990, the VU course curriculum provides:
- Learning-centered instruction both inside and outside the classroom
- Application and practice to acquire and use ASL and Deaf Studies
- Involvement and collaboration with students of the local deaf community
Strengths and Opportunities
ASL and Deaf Studies - Interpreter Preparation faculty are deaf, native signers who have taken intensive training in teaching American Sign Language & Deaf Studies. The vibrant deaf community of Indianapolis provides ASL and Deaf Studies students with varied opportunities to meet and interact with deaf individuals at sporting events, senior centers, workshops, church events, and numerous other types of activities within the community.
The VU Advantage
Successful graduates will have earned an associate’s degree in ASL and Deaf Studies and will be fully qualified to work side by side with deaf individuals, work in careers that come in contact with the deaf persons, or take with them a strong foundation of ASL and Deaf Studies and pursue a bachelors degree in interpreting, education, or other fields of study.
Transferability: Most VU students transfer into interpreter programs, earning a bachelor’s degree. They may also choose to study social work, law, and a wide range of other careers where deaf people are served.
Flexible Scheduling: VU offers flexible scheduling through classes provided at times that are convenient for you. Morning, afternoon, evening, and online classes are available.
Intimate Class Setting: A limited number of dorm rooms are available for those who are full-time students. Each apartment consists of a living room, two private bedrooms, and a bathroom located within the VU ASL & Deaf Studies Department Building on the campus of the Indiana School for the Deaf.